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Online newsBy Anne Dachel

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.

  Feb 28, 2014, The Weather Channel: The Dangerous History of Anti-Vaccine Conspiracies

Feb 27, 2014, Seattle Q13 Fox News: Mom of autistic student pulls him out of school after bus incident ‘freaked me out’

Feb 27, 2014, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Can you identify signs of autism in a one-year-old? (video)

The Weather Channel

The obvious question — why? — does not have a clear answer. Many people will point to the anti-vaccine movement, consistently linked to outspoken celebrity activist Jenny McCarthy.

This is garbage. I'm sure the pro-vax people think that since the Weather Channel is a recognized credible source of weather science, people will believe them when they talk about vaccine safety.

The only way this works of course is if you don't consider that sicknesses that afflict our children that no can responsibly explain. 

Seattle Q13 Fox News

Trish Fuerte’s son Aiden was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years-old. He’s now in the fourth grade at Kellogg Marsh Elementary in Marysville, but has been out of school since mid-December.

“I have not heard him that upset, that fearful ever,” said Fuerte in describing the phone call she got on Dec. 18.

The secretary told Fuerte she needed to come pick her son after they say he was kicked off the school bus.

“When we got home, I noticed his underwear sticking out of his sweatpants. When I noticed it sticking out, I pulled it up and the way it was ripped freaked me out. The back is completely torn and ripped all the way down,” said Fuerte.

This story talks about two different incidents of abuse of an autistic student.  Are other disabled children treated like this as well?  What happens to blind students?  Ones with Down Syndrome?  If it's just autistic students, what's wrong?

Cleveland Plain Dealer

While most children with autism are diagnosed by age 4, many researchers feel the earliest signs of the developmental disorder show up in babies as young as six to 18 months. Identifying the signs early can lead to early intervention and better outcomes, researchers say.

Yet it can be very difficult to identify the earliest signs of autism in kids, especially for parents. That’s why the Kennedy Krieger Institute and other research groups have created simple videos available online comparing the behaviors of typically developing infants and toddlers with those of children with suspected autism.

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders has been increasing dramatically in the United States over the past decade and now affects one in 88 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


So the message here is that children are born with autism, we just need to find it earlier. We're told that autism has been "increasing dramatically," but there's no explanation given in this piece. The truth is, a once rare disorder is now so common that everyone everyone knows someone with an affected child. Mainstream medicine can't explain this. Officially, autism has no known cause or cure. There's nothing a parent can do to stop a normally developing toddler who was born healthy from suddenly losing learned skills, including speech and regressing into autism by age two.

Why aren't experts interested in the countless thousands of cases of regressive autism? Why do so many parents report that their child was perfectly normal, meeting all the developmental markers, including eye contact, speech, and social interaction until the lost it all? They suddenly stopped talking and making eye contact, they started spinning, hand flapping, and rocking. Doctors can't explain this when it happens. They only thing they're sure of is that it had nothing to do with the vaccinations the child recently received.

This link shows the dramatic increase in the number of vaccines our children received between 1983 and 2012.

Where is even one study on the cumulative effect of the increasing number of vaccines in the childhood schedule? THERE



For Apedaddy


Possibly you mean Thimerosal. Mercury is such a toxic substance that no amount can be defined as safe and obviously it is a different issue if it is injected as opposed to ingested. Moreover, the ethyl mercury in Thimerosal is not the same as that in normal environmental exposure. I draw your attention to the Burbacher study:


'Thimerosal is a preservative that has been used in manufacturing vaccines since the 1930s. Reports have indicated that infants can receive ethylmercury (in the form of thimerosal) at or above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for methylmercury exposure, depending on the exact vaccinations, schedule, and size of the infant. In this study we compared the systemic disposition and brain distribution of total and inorganic mercury in infant monkeys after thimerosal exposure with those exposed to MeHg. Monkeys were exposed to MeHg (via oral gavage) or vaccines containing thimerosal (via intramuscular injection) at birth and 1, 2, and 3 weeks of age. Total blood Hg levels were determined 2, 4, and 7 days after each exposure. Total and inorganic brain Hg levels were assessed 2, 4, 7, or 28 days after the last exposure. The initial and terminal half-life of Hg in blood after thimerosal exposure was 2.1 and 8.6 days, respectively, which are significantly shorter than the elimination half-life of Hg after MeHg exposure at 21.5 days. Brain concentrations of total Hg were significantly lower by approximately 3-fold for the thimerosal-exposed monkeys when compared with the MeHg infants, whereas the average brain-to-blood concentration ratio was slightly higher for the thimerosal-exposed monkeys (3.5 +/- 0.5 vs. 2.5 +/- 0.3). A higher percentage of the total Hg in the brain was in the form of inorganic Hg for the thimerosal-exposed monkeys (34% vs. 7%). The results indicate that MeHg is not a suitable reference for risk assessment from exposure to thimerosal-derived Hg. Knowledge of the toxicokinetics and developmental toxicity of thimerosal is needed to afford a meaningful assessment of the developmental effects of thimerosal-containing vaccines.'



thimerisol, the preservative that prevented vaccine spoilage in multi-dose vaccine vials, was removed from vaccines in 2001, except the multi-dose flu vaccine. It has a tiny amount of mercury. There is more detectable mercury in human breast milk and 50 times the amount in a can of tuna. The science does not support vaccines causing autism. Autism as a phenotype clearly has many causes, many of which are not known, but may be an interplay of genetics and environment. There are several genetic disorders, some more recently elucidated, that lead to autistic spectrum disorder. There is an association between both maternal and paternal age, which is occurring more often as people have children at older and older ages. Most of the increase is due to increase in diagnostic criteria: "autistic spectrum disorder", with mild ASD or Aspergers was not an entity 25 years ago. You had to be very affected e.g. "Rain Man" to be labeled autistic. The problem with throwing the blame on vaccines without evidence is that it leads to decrease vaccination rates. The WHO statistics on childhood deaths, published in July 2013 article in Pediatrics journal, lists the top causes of death of children on Earth. Most are vaccine-preventable infections, like meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus, pertussis, diarrhea.

Cherry Sperlin Misra

To Roger Kulp, Your story reminds me of one of the important aspects of mercury poisoning that is almost always overlooked by everyone- parents/doctors/everyone. When you give a child vaccines with mercury, he becomes an immune impaired child and soon falls prey to whatever comes along- pneumonia, meningitis, flu, ear infections, etc. This is not only true of autistic kids- It is true of ALL kids. You can imagine that at the age of six months, the mercury in your vaccines had severely impaired your immune system. You are perhaps lucky to be alive today. I know of two doctors who lost their infants to infections which started at nine months of age. Is it any surprise that Hib disease has its highest incidence in babies of nine months to about one and a half. You know, viruses, dont really have a means of alighting on a child and asking him his age and making their decision to infect him or not. They alight on children of all ages and they only succeed with the immunodeficient kids. So, dear Mr. Kulp, please dont blame the meningitis, blame the western medical system that decided that it was ok to inject you with an immunotoxin. Just think, if you had been born a poor , undernourished, unvaccinated child in a third world country,You may have suffered neither the autism nor the meningitis.
I hope that someday when scientists are finally allowed to admit that autism is a mercury problem, they can look into what happens to mercury in the brain in a situation in which meningitis is taking place.
I have just finished reading article in the Indian pediatric journal , discussing at length pneumonia and kidney disease in children. Lots of scientific jargon and not one single mention of the vaccines which contained mercury- a major nephrotoxin - and a major immunotoxin.
I no longer envy doctors in any way. Some of them are attempting, in all sincerity to practise medicine with one hand tied behind their back. And this is not rocket science- It is something that a smart 13 year old can understand. What I am writing here is only words on a page, but a teacher in my school spent some days going to the ICU of a nearby hospital, and was shocked to see that small children there were on dialysis. It looks like its going to be harder for us to get out of pharma land than it was for Israel to leave Egyptland

Roger Kulp

Regressions are easy to spot in older babies.I had my first regression at the age of six months after an acute case of meningitis.The three things my mother told me,was after the meningitis,I had lost the ability to sit up,make eye contact,and I had frequent,prolonged meltdowns.

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