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Desiree Ashburn, Virginia - November 5, 2009: After having her life turned upside down by a routine influenza shot, and discharged by three major hospitals after four visits - despite worsening symptoms - Desiree Jennings is finally making great strides in her recovery. The vibrant, 25-year-old Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador has a website to tell her story and keep well-wishers from around the world informed of her progress as well as to promote "true informed consent."
Jennings was training for a half marathon in August 2009 when she received her seasonal flu shot, something she had done several years before.  This time, however, her reaction was severe and debilitating.  Over the course of several weeks she lost the ability to walk or talk normally, and began to suffer violent seizures and recurrent blackouts.
Jennings was misdiagnosed multiple times with a variety of diagnoses since receiving the influenza shot, which she thought would protect her from illness.  She has since been diagnosed by her treating physician, Dr. Rashid A. Buttar, with a number of conditions including but not limited to Acute, Viral Post Immunization Encephalopathy and Mercury Toxicity with secondary respiratory and neurological deficits.
Since then her story has made headlines here and abroad, with videos explaining her disorder garnering millions of hits on YouTube.  The responses she has received have been overwhelmingly supportive, encouraging.and informative.  Celebrity couple Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey helped point Desiree in the right direction through Generation Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing and reversing autism. 
The treatments with Dr. Buttar at the Center for Advanced Medicine and Clinical Research in Charlotte, NC are working, and the results are nothing short of amazing.  Jennings can now walk and talk normally throughout the vast majority of the day and the seizures/convulsions have significantly decreased.  Although her full recovery will take an undetermined amount of time, her family is now for the first time, convinced she will make a complete recovery.  She is now more than ever, driven by a desire to educate others to be informed of the potential side effects caused by vaccines and prevent others from suffering a similar fate. 
Visitors to her new website, Desiree Jennings, will find regular updates on her progress, helpful details on her treatment and valuable information on the importance of "informed consent" - truly knowing ALL of the options before making important medical decisions.
"I set up the site to tell my story and warn people of the neurological side effects that can result from vaccinations," Jennings said, "Especially knowing that in the majority of cases, these stories are seldom heard outside of immediate families and friends."
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Kathy Blanco

Maybe the neuro who posted that we should all die of easily infectious diseases, would like the lifetime sentence of autism, which was given them because of the fear of infectious diseases? One can hope. But, maybe the really pissed nature of his comment, was the fact that he NEVER HEALS ANY NEURO paitent, and never can claim he is a healer. Some kind of Jesus envy or something? My opinions anyways of neurologists are not that great. I contend with their pharmaceutical ideals. I ask, how to heal the gut, thus heal the brain, and when I ask, I am whacko crazy, but in their own literature, this is the case (the leaky gut, leaky brain hypothesis).
Anyways, imho, a vaccine injury caught early, is probably reversable. But if years go by, I wonder if it can be? I know of many lecturers which state if our kids got MEGA IV VIT C within days of their vaccines, they would not have the damage they have. I think Desiree did have dystonia, IDIOPATHIC/IOATRAGENIC dystonia.


Our mainstream medical practices here in the US have been corrupted by money and power. We are over drugged, over vaccinated and over medicated, all in the name of Big pharma profits who's only fiduciary repsonsibility is to their stockholders, not patients. Young doc's are bamboozled early on, and trained to give drugs as an only means to treat everything and anything under then sun..and then some..
No other country vaccinates like we do, only one other country advertises drugs directly to the public. The system is a mess, as corrupted as thew mafia in the 1940's. . Take care of yourself with organic diet, exercise, and quality supplementation every day. Do not rely on The CDC,FDA, or mainstream docs for anything.


So it was a case of mercury poisoning that the doctors could not figure out so they just called it Dystonia. Wouldn't be the first time.

Yeah Chris, psychogenic siezures. That must be it.


Yes, it is an incurable, if it's real. Sometimes it is psychogenic (in your head) and then it clears up quickly, which is exactly what is happening here. I doubt Dr. Buttar's treatments are useful.


wow! Thanks for the link to the interview with Dr. Buttar. It was amazing. What a hopeful story for anyone, including all the injured children. I am so happy for Desiree.


This podcast is an interview with Dr. Buttar.

Tired of Spunk

Watching Desiree at her worst, seeing the jerking walk and inability to talk and the seizing reminded me of a video I watched at an NVIC presentation. There was footage from the 1980s of a vaccine injured boy moving much like her - he was a normal boy, got a round of vaccines and then moved like Desiree - only it's so sad that at the time, there was nothing for him or his family. So he struggled for the rest of his life with all his potential ripped from him in just one day - all for the "greater good" - which is really a euphemism for "modern day sacrifice".

Craig Willoughby

You know, I can't help but wonder if her reaction had happened as the result of anything other than vaccines if the medical establisment would be so critical of her recovery and be more willing to try to help her.


When people tell their stories of vaccine injury they are branded "anti-vaccine". Desiree's story is a reminder of the importance of understanding vaccine injuries better -- not only to figure out how to prevent the harm, but also how to treat vaccine injuries. This should be what medicine is all about. Were it not for treatments developed in response to the autism epidemic, Desiree would probably have a lifelong neurological disorder, viewed as incurable and perhaps genetic.

There are two tragedies occurring as a result of our medical establishment's refusal to acknowledge vaccine injury: one is that these injuries continue to occur, and the other is that they do not ususally receive the best treatment.

Yay for Desiree. How very wonderful that this 25-year-old is no longer looking at a lifetime of disability. Prayers for her full recovery and return to cheering and running. Thanks for her willingness to tell her story publically and let the mud slinging fall off of her unheeded.


Dr. Buttar has nothing else to prove. The videos and the test results alone may make the Medical Community think outside of the box. Its time to give this man an opportunity to explain to all of us how his type of therapy works and why sometimes it takes years in some of our children to see any real results. However, once you start seeing those results the amount of mercury being pulled from the body is enormous.


Huh? Wait a minute. I can't believe she recovered that quickly. I'm a big believer in biomed but I find this story fishy now.


Weren't the news reports claiming Dystonia was incurable?

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