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The Bull Stops Here

T-shirt for ad 002 By Cathy Jameson

The Age of Autism, the nation's first daily Web newspaper for the environmental-biomedical community – those who believe autism is an environmentally induced illness, that it is treatable, and that children can recover. For the most part, the major media in the United States aren't interested in that point of view, they won't investigate the causes and possible biomedical treatments of autism independently, and they don't listen to the most important voices – those of the parents. We do all those things, and more.
–-Dan Olmsted, Editor

A few years ago, the editors Age of Autism called upon its readers to participate in a contest. A t-shirt was being debuted with the Age of Autism logo. Readers were asked to come up with a tagline explaining “so that's what they're all about" for the t-shirt. Creating a t-shirt as a walking advertisement was a brilliant way to continue to get the word out about the autism epidemic. After several weeks of reader input Kelli Ann Davis’ suggestion won:  “Age of Autism - The Bull Stops Here.” It’s a perfect “so that’s what they’re all about” saying! 

Over the years The Bull has fit several categories. The Bull could be the massive confusion on the federal level when it comes to vaccines and autism. The Bull could include the commonly sited government-funded studies that support vaccination while it completely ignores other studies that say quite the opposite.  The government facts state vaccines don’t cause autism while other government statements report that vaccines result in autism. The government pays out a monetary compensation for that result in autism. Saying one thing while stating another and then changing a verb in a sentence that ultimately means the same thing is a bunch of bull!

The Bull could be the lack of support from politicians, educators or medical people when parents request their help.  It’s a fact that many parents of children with autism struggle. We struggle to understand why (why did this happen to my child when he was doing just fine before). We struggle to understand the what (what caused the seizure, the encephalopathy, the digestive problems, the cognitive delays). Many parents struggle financially (effective therapies for those are approved with scientific and evidenced based but are out of reach due to high costs. Even more disheartening is that many schools refuse to offer those services when they are capable of doing so).  Lots of parents struggle emotionally and spiritually (who doesn’t want to shake their fists in the air and say, “Why did this happen to me, my child?!”) Pity parties are fine every now and then but they don’t get children any healthier.  Having to fight constantly for our kids’ rights, for proper services and for support is a bunch of bull.

Our community has been trying to relieve some of the burden our children suffer. When we discovered our child’s autism could be linked with a vaccine, we we’re determined to educate others. Sadly, some big names in our community have been thrown under a bus because of their work. Their names are smeared like the poop smears some children do on their bedroom walls.  Asking questions is a typical response when searching for answers. Being mocked for asking questions is a bunch of bull.

The Bull could be the Skeptic or NeuroDiverse community and their attempts to tell parents like us we are wrong about our children’s autism. Clearly their diagnosis is easier to manage than my child’s diagnosis. Unfortunately, they don’t see eye to eye with why I want desperately for my son to be able like they are able to do things.  I don’t understand the negativity toward our community and toward a website like Age of Autism. From what I know, the ND crowd is mostly older and independent. They are able to hold down jobs, drive themselves and can live on their own. Several have blogs that clearly show they are communicative, talented and very creative. They are successful in their careers or hobbies. What a gift! My child? Well, he’s still very young, but I only wish he had everything the ND community is able to have. He can’t dress himself completely. He can’t talk, and he certainly can’t leave the house on his own. He can’t wipe his own butt, and I wonder if he ever will. One day I hope he can drive but he can’t even get on a tricycle without fumbling and stumbling over himself. Because of his needs, I searched for help and found support within the Age of Autism community. Sometimes Age of Autism comes under attack for helping parents like me, They are blasted for reporting the truth and for continuing to investigate autism and triggers of autism. Age of Autism’s mission is to inform when those who should do so do not. Being attacked for telling the truth is a bunch of bull.

The Bull could be simply from a neighbor who thinks a child’s autism is just bad behavior. It might be the grocery store clerk who Tsk tsks you as you try to keep your child from melting down from a sensory overload. The Bull could be in the form of constant bombardment of flu shot advertisements. It could also be a failed IEP meeting as you battle a special education department.  It could be from being dismissed from a doctor’s office for refusing to vaccinate. The Bull shouldn’t be so negative and so consuming, but sometimes it is.

The Bull Stops Here embodies Age of Autism and its mission to ask the questions that will uncover the truth. Not only does Age of Autism uncover the truth, it is bold enough to report it.  Those of us in the Age of Autism community only want the best for our child or loved one who has fallen onto the autism spectrum. Sadly, the autism more and more children are being diagnosed with is the debilitating kind that will leave more children dependent on their families for the rest of their lives.  Exposing how to manage that autism, or how to avoid the chance of that autism, is more useful than The Bull that attempts to slow us down.  Slowing us down won’t stop us in our tracks. We’re too determined to do that, and we have bigger people to answer to: our children. Age of Autism’s mission has always included the children – the who and the why of the mission. For the children, it’s why I support Age of Autism.

Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.







Mama Bear

So much bull ... so many kids ... you go, A of A! Glad that FB bullies did not succeed.

Theodora Trudorn

I love it! I want one!! I wish I could get one on time for Wenesday. Heading up to the state capitol for some lobbying and causing general havoc. :P I will have to save some money up for next time I head up there. I think this time they expect me to go in a suit though. *mutters*

Jeff C.

Cara - We simply signed the back of the existing vaccination record once we decided to stop. This seemed like the best approach to us as the school then has a record of the shots your child did get. This will make it tougher for them to exclude your child from school if there is an outbreak.

In addition, if you later do decide to give your child a particular vaccination, it does not void your exemption. California is not an all or nothing state. The statute specifically says "the immunization is contrary to his or her beliefs", it does not say "any immunization".

I'm only certain of this in California, other states with philosophical exemptions are probably different.


I had a nurse tell me that once I started vaccinating she did not think I had the right to stop. Really, she said that! The ped. came in and lectured me. I told him adios. Can I still sign the back of my kids' immun. cards or should I just print out a copy of a gov. exemption form? Thanks for all you do, Age of Autism!

Jeff C.

Hi Laura, I know exactly what you are talking about. It has gotten particularly bad in California this year with the pertussis wave. The steady stream of propaganda from the CA Dept. of Public Health has been unbearable. However, this is what I love about AoA. The lies about every aspect of this subject are deep, the bull truly does stop here.

California law goes on to state:

17 CCR 6051 (2006)
§ 6051. Unconditional Admission with Permanent Medical Exemption or Personal Beliefs Exemption

A pupil with a permanent medical exemption or a personal beliefs exemption to immunization shall be admitted unconditionally. (sentences regarding medical exemptions omitted) A personal beliefs exemption shall be granted upon the filing with the governing authority of a letter or affidavit from the pupil's parent or guardian or adult who has assumed responsibility for his or her care and custody in the case of a minor, or the person seeking admission if an emancipated minor, that such immunization is contrary to his or her beliefs.

The law is crystal clear, admission shall be unconditional, there is zero ambiguity. Yet those running the CDPH, the Immunization Branch, and the local school districts intentionally attempt to deceive parents regarding their legal rights. They are not ignorant. When you point out they are wrong (particularly when couched in terms of legal action) they change their tune immediately. They are typical bullying bureaucrats, they talk big, but their worst fear is getting sued.

The bull stops here, we will not accept "the new normal". One in 90 kids with autism isn't normal. One in sixteen kids with ADHD isn't normal. One in ten kids with asthma isn't normal. Kids dropping dead from eating a peanut isn't normal. Kids with diabetes isn't normal. Kids on psychiatric medication isn't normal. Kids as pale as ghosts with allergic shiners that look like two black eyes isn't normal. Forty-eight vaccine doses before kindergarten isn't normal. Enough is enough.

Those of us over forty remember it didn't used to be this way. And despite what we're told, kids weren't dropping dead from chicken pox or flu back then either. I'm truly shocked at how readily gullible parents accept this nonsense.


P.S. their policy says this:
"To protect the health of all students and staff and to curtail the spread of infectious diseases, the Board of Trustees desires to cooperate with state and local health agencies to encourage immunization of all district students against preventable diseases."

So to them "encourage" = strong arming and flat out lying.

Then it says:
"Students entering a district school or child care and development program, or transferring between school campuses, shall present an immunization record which shows at least the month and year of each immunization in accordance with law. Students shall be excluded from school or exempted from immunization requirements only as allowed by law."

Somehow that "only as allowed by law" part gets excluded from any and all information made easily or readily made available to parents. To find the truth, what the law really says, you have to pull your legs out of the knee deep bull and dig through to what's true. Thanks for the help!


Jeff C - I'm the parent Cathy was referring to in her comment. I did some research yesterday and figured out how to get "around" the no shots, no school thing after reading CA law and finding out what the code actually says but then spent an hour ranting to my husband about the blatant lie everywhere - all over their registration papers, all over their district site, etc and to find this "school policy" I had to dig pretty hard to find the board policies and when I did, they do say at the end there is the waiver but they say it's for religious belief or medical and I beg to differ because if I read the law right, it says nothing about "religious."

Anyway, thank you for the form. In all my research yesterday, I could not find the form for the life of me. Shocking (fake gasp) how hard they make it to find. They don't include it in the registration packet, they simply say to submit a copy of the immunization record or no school. Whatever. They're gonna love me on the PTA. ;)


Sorry. I've got a naive question. I fear it won't be the last. Are t-shirts like this one available for sale? I'd certainly like to order a few of them. They are a wonderful vehicle for getting the word out. Just white with black lettering? How about black with white and blood red lettering? This sad story has a lot to do with our blood and what is being done to it.

Jeff C.

Cat - Here is a link to the official California Dept. of Public Health vaccine record form


On the back is the "Personal Beliefs Affidavit". Once the parent signs that, their child is in school, end of story. It doesn't matter if they have had any vaccines, no vaccines, or vaccinate in the future. California law is explicitly clear, if you sign the form, they can only exclude your child from school in the event of an outbreak and they have good reason to suspect your child has been exposed.

The bull truly does need to stop. I've been having a back-and-forth email war with the CDPH regarding their blatantly dishonest "no shots, no school" press release campaign. It is an outright lie and needs to be exposed.

I would suggest your friend get the affidavit, and the relevant portion of California law (shown below) and confront the district. I suspect the bully will fold like a cheap suit, they usually do.

Cal Health & Saf Code § 120365

§ 120365. Letter or affidavit stating beliefs opposed to immunization; Temporary exclusion from school

Immunization of a person shall not be required for admission to a school or other institution listed in Section 120335 if the parent or guardian or adult who has assumed responsibility for his or her care and custody in the case of a minor, or the person seeking admission if an emancipated minor, files with the governing authority a letter or affidavit stating that the immunization is contrary to his or her beliefs. However, whenever there is good cause to believe that the person has been exposed to one of the communicable diseases listed in subdivision (a) of Section 120325, that person may be temporarily excluded from the school or institution until the local health officer is satisfied that the person is no longer at risk of developing the disease.

Susa Richey

Do you still have the t shirts?

Cat Jameson

Jeff C--a friend in California just today asked me about vaccines for her almost school aged child. I suggested she look at the NVIC site for specific info. The district is stating "NO shots NO school" which sounds like Bull because of the exemptions one is able to get in CA. The child will likely qualify for a medical exemption with their medical history--I'm hoping getting that exemption will be an easy process and not another fight for an already exhausted parent.

Being informed is key...sharing that knowledge can be lifesaving.



I remember that. Thanks for the instant recall, Cat. You're always right on the mark.

Jeff C.

Another big one where the bull stops here, the canard that children are required to have their shots before they go to school. In my state of California, we have a philosophical exemption. There is a line on the back of the vaccine record, once you sign it, your kid in in school. Period. Unlike many other states, it really is that simple. Same thing goes for the TB test.

Despite this, I continue to hear local pediatricians, principals, school nurses, public health officials and the usual crowd of vaccine manufacturer shills claim "shots are required". When confronted with the truth, they typically back down.

Regarding the ND crowd, there are irrational people in every strata of society. There are deaf adults that think it's wrong to give a deaf infant a cochlear implant. To hell with them all. We will do what is in the best interests of our children, if others don't like it, that's their problem not ours.

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