PanicBy Kim Stagliano

The NY Times REPORTS that a handful of people who blow pigs brains' out of the skull in a Minnesota pork processing plant contracted a neurological disorder. Panic ensues. Tests run. Specialists called in. State epidemiologists on high alert.

Read this! "Steroids did nothing for Ms. Kruse, so doctors began to treat her every two weeks with IVIG, intravenous immunoglobulin, a blood product that contains antibodies. “It’s kind of like hitting the condition over the head with a sledgehammer,” Dr. Lachance said. “It overwhelms the immune system and neutralizes whatever it is that’s causing the injury.”

Sound familiar my autism friends?

Oh, if you aren't aware of biomedical treatments for autism, many children are treated with IVIG by DAN! doctors for immune disorders.  Of course, there are those that will call that quackery. After all, treating children with autism medically is heresy in their world. But it's EXACTLY what was done for these patients with success.

They are looking for the cause. Looking for the cure. As one doc says, "It's a great detective story."  What about the horror story called autism affecting tens of thousands of children?  Eh, it's just genetics. Take them home, love them for their special differences and get on a group home list. When you die, strangers paid $7.50 an hour will tend to your children. Don't bother us you silly Mommies and Daddies, we have a handful of workers in Minnesota to concentrate on right now.

It makes me want to blow my pigs' brains out.

Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.



Arlene -
I don't think Kim is saying that DAN! doctors did anything wrong. I think she is saying that:
- DAN! doctors have used IVIG therapy successfully to treat some people with autism. Instead of mainstream medicine learning from this, we are told that biomedical treatments such as IVIG are quackery, and the positive results are ignored.
- On the other hand, when a different health issue arises (a neurological disorder affecting people who slaughter pigs) and IVIG is uses successfully, that is accepted/recognized by mainstream medicine.
- With autism there is a total absence of medical investigation by our gov't agencies and mainstream medicine. But with this other health issue, no stone is left unturned to fine effective treatment.


Please stop with the attitude, you lost me in-between pig brains and DAN doctors. DAN doctors did what? Please don't tell me we can't trust our DAN doctors either. Bombs are going off in the back yard on this military base for weapons training and your telling me that DAN doctors may have compromised our little ones immune system. Please dear God stop the maddness and heal this nation...


As the NYT reporter stated, the Mayo Clinic is 40 miles from the Austin meat packing plant. How handy.

Meanwhile for years northern Minnesotans on the Iron Range who suffered from mesothelioma were left in the dust... taconite dust. And the scandal of their suppressed cancer data got our state's health commissioner replaced.

Farther north, mercury in lakes means reduced fish consumption advisories, such as for Red Lake. Minnesota's Department of Health has done some biomonitoring, but of course does nothing by way of treating residents for mercury toxicity.

There's plenty of blame to go around:
- medical experts unwilling to travel very far,
- lack of tax funding for medical investigations,
- state legislators enmeshed in political spats,
- mainstream news media scrambling to regain lost readership with lurid headlines from some 1950s B-movie.

And so vaccine injury remains the disease that dares not speak its name.


Im sure the CDC will just agrue that the pig-brain victims are on the autistic spectrum and have always been in plain sight, but we just were not looking for them.


"To find out, the Minnesota health department has asked for help from Dr. Ian Lipkin, an expert at Columbia University on the role of the immune system in neurological diseases. Dr. Lipkin has begun testing blood serum from the Minnesota patients to look for signs of an immune reaction to components of pig brain. And he expects also to study the pig gene for myelin, to see how similar it is to the human one."

It would seem as though the Minnesotans should hold the patent for being bright and intelligent for doing the following:

1. identifying the problem
2. identifying where it came from through simple observation
3. notifying the national health agency in charge of disease control to take corrective action
4. identifying and contacting the expert in the relevant field of the role of the immune system in neurological disease to make the relevent connection
5. coming up with he treatment intended to "cure" the problem

All of this within the matter of a few months at the most?

It seems as though they become incapable of functioning only when its clear that they are the creators of the problem in the first instance. It is then that they start to spin stories, begin to tell tales. They all get together to prepare the story and then they start to tell it. The funny part is that they think that if they spin the same lie over and over again, its going to become true just by the repetition of it.

Then they pay people or what do you call them, researchers, to come up with studies to support these lies. Then these fake spun studies are conveniently brought out at just the right moment when it seems that there might be some news or event that might possibly show them up in bad light. At a convenient and opportune moment the propaganda is launched and attempts are made to have this false truth make the media airwaves at exactly the same time. Just so that the public may be assuaged that all is well.

It it such a well orchestrated production its worthy of an Oscar. I wonder who is producing this show of mammoth proportions, the cost must be running into billions of dollars. All those actors, the media splash. There must be directors as well. I really wonder who the directors of this show might be.

Robin Nemeth

$7.50 an hour? It might not be that much.

When my brother in law was in hospice a few years ago, his hospice team gave my husband and me a list of names of potential full-time, live-in care givers. People that he could employ to come and stay with him and care for him, in his last months of life. The list wasn’t officially from the hospice. There was no hospice letterhead, and we were told that the names were to be considered unofficial and weren’t officially approved by the hospice, but that they were nonetheless people who were considered good caregivers and reasonably priced. It turns out that they were quite reasonably priced. The people listed were, in fact, working for somewhat less, hourly, than the minimum wage. (Although perhaps there are special wage laws in effect for people who live in someone else’s house, as it’s true that they weren’t actually going to be working every minute they were there. I don’t know, it just seemed to me that these were people who were being taken advantage of.) They were in fact to be paid ‘under the table’, perhaps. Or maybe they were illegal immigrants.

I was asked to interview, on the phone, some of these potential caregivers, and send them to my brother in law’s house for an in person interview by him to find one who would be acceptable to him. When my brother in law told me that he would not be hiring any black people, gee for some reason everyone seemed to get all bent out of shape when I suggested that perhaps I could just ask potential caregivers “are you black?”, when speaking with them on the phone if they sounded black to me. (A great many of them did.) Why, I wondered, should I bother wasting both their time and my brother in law’s time, having them come to his house for an interview, if he was going to refuse to hire them simply because they were black?

Well I should have refused to make any more phone calls for him just as soon as he told me he didn’t want a black caregiver. But he was dying, and so I felt bad for him. And I also felt a little bad, too, because there were some expectations that *I* might care for him, which were expectations that I had no intention of fulfilling. Mostly because I never cared all that much for my brother in law and, in no small part because of that, didn’t really think that I would be able to do a very good job of it. At any rate, I waited until I had my suspicions about the wage arrangements before throwing in the towel and saying “You’re not that sick, find your own caregiver.”

I’m not sure why I’m on about this now. I should be saying something cheery to cheer you up. Sorry.

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