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RouletteBy Tim Welsh

Autism explained: Tell me why some do, some don't, and why some react differently.

Have you ever experienced a Bee or Wasp sting? One of the questions I get asked often is "If it is the vaccines causing Autism, how come all or more children don't get it?" This is a true story from my youth. I believe it puts into perspective graphically what I believe happens and may help you when you are answering questions like this. Some details may be a little fuzzy because this was close to 35 years ago, but I think you will realize how much an impact it had on my life to be as vivid and long.

During summer vacation as I was growing up I was given the opportunity to go away for  camp. I was able to venture forth from just a couple of days to over a month. I had many varried experiences. Soccer camp in the UK. Liberal Religious Youth camp on the other side of San Francisco Bay. Boundary waters between Minnesota and Canada. YMCA, Boy Scouts and Even Girl Scouts Camp. My Mother was a troop leader and I got to tag along. I guess that is something I need to talk to my therapist about.

One year about Christmas time, I got in my head that I wanted to learn how to ride horses. After a few months of research we found a suitable camp about three hours from where we lived. The deposit paid. Long supply checklist received,  anticipation and excitement mounted. Two whole weeks on a real western dude ranch! Trail rides, camp fires, Lake swimming, hiking, Singing, and Girls / Coed! Oh My! Heaven for a teen.

The time arrived to head out. I can remember it being one of the longest car rides ever. My Parents dropped me off and I quickly said my goodbyes. I could not push them back in the car fast enough, You know that stage in life when you are too cool to be seen with them.

That very first night we were scheduled to have a trail ride a dusk so there was a lot to do. After dumping my stuff at the bunk house, It was glorious picking out our own horses for the two weeks, brushing, saddling, placing the bridle. The smell of Fly spray and poop in the air. We were put into buddy groups of four. I was partnered with a cute girl all the way from the East coast, a blonde from California and another jock from Iowa.

Evening approached  and we all practiced in the stable area ring before the ride.  It was obvious that some lacked any horsemanship skills, others did not want to be there. There were Bullies, Jerks, and even delinquents. We managed to get all the horses pointed in the same direction and off we went.

The first half of the trail ride was Heaven. Chatting up my new buddies. Laughing about the various personalities of the horses. Through woods and over streams we went. Stopping on a large hill to admire the setting sun. The only downside was they made us all wear heavy canvas like long sleeve cowboy shirts. By about mid ride even the girls had stripped down to tanks and tees. I am not big on sweating.

After the sunset watching on the hill, we were circling back to camp. We went through a small forest back to an open plain that had poorly defined trail. I think some of the campers started showing off, Racing and blazing their own path. All of a sudden I saw a rider way ahead really veer off course.   I heard the most horrifying screams. Confused our buddy team continued forward. Then it happened. A swarm of the largest green horsefly hornet looking bugs were all over us.

I recall being stung four times. My horse took off in a full uncontrolled gallup. Racking my groin a few times and flying past and over others thrown from their horses. It was the best ride ever, so I thought for the moment. We discovered some who had been thrown off broke arms, legs, had shoulder and head injuries. A few had immediate allergic reaction to the stings. Three helicopter life flights quickly were called in and victims whisked away. My Boy Scout first aid merit badge training was put to full use.

 In my buddy group, the young man had no injuries, one girl sprained her wrist and one was life flighted out and never came back to camp. I was put in a shoulder sling and sent to bed. Shortly after lights out I broke out in massive sweat and hives. I was in bed for two days. I do not recall any medicine being given for my painful situation. I often wished I had been life flighted out.

I know this was a very long winded tale to get to a very simple point. I think there was about twenty of us on that ride including about 4 Counselors. The moral is think of the varied backgrounds of all the campers. How they converged at the point of insult by the stinging bugs. So many different results from strains, sprains, broken bones, immediate life threatening reactions to reactions that were milder but lasted days. Some were stung up to 10 times and yet some did not get hurt at all. How is that?

Well I believe this is very analogous to our current vaccine program. Our children get varying numbers of shots at different ages and with immune systems developing and in different states of health. We could not have predicted the outcomes for all twenty it just happened. Sure the wranglers should have known about the terrible bugs, the trail could have been more defined. When we heard the first screams I could have got my buddy group to turn and go the other way.  I am sure there a ways the skeptics can pick this story apart but I will go to my grave shouting as your buddy  be educated before you vaccinate.

Tim Welsher TannerTim Welsh, is one of the most active and influential Parent Advocates for Autism. Avid Speaker, blogger, and Tweeter (@TannersDad). Tim works to build unity within the Autism community, Gain Insurance coverage reform, End Restraint & Seclusion, Advocate for services, prevent wandering and much more. Tim & his wife Cheri have one son Tanner (16).

Favorite tweet…
“I have a son he has autism, but, I also have dream. I dare dream of a world where profound regressive autism is not only treatable, but is also preventable”



I don't know why some are affected and some aren't, but I think of vaccines as "Love Canal" in a vial. Hot lots proved that larger numbers reacted to these lots proving that there are fluctuations in quality control. We are offering a toxic product in large quantities to smaller infants. I have little doubt the hepb at birth generation will be found to have been at the highest risk for autism, and the hepb at birth with thimerosal will prove to have caused the most profound disability.and...we have every right to suspect the live viruses within the mmr to have been the tipping point for so many of the regressive cases. The others set the stage for an immune issue... the live viruses reacted to this strange environment in a way never studied and not understood. We can't consider our kids a big experiment, that would be fair, no, they are simply victims, if this was an experiment the facts would have been exposed and the vaccines stopped!

Bob Moffitt

"snips" from Nobel Prize winner Charles Richet's speech on "anaphylaxis" on December 11, 1913:


"Each one of us, by our chemical make-up, above all by our blood and probably also by the protoplasm of each cell, is himself and no one else. In other words, he has a humoral personality. We all know very well what the personality of the psyche is. The multiplicity and the variety of our memories make each one of us different from all other human beings. We all have a body of stored impressions which preclude our being confused with any other specimen of our kind. Nothing could be clearer than this idea of the personality in terms of psyche which stands to reason and is valid in all human conscience.

Anaphylaxis takes place also in human subjects and has caused death in certain instances. It is indeed probable that sudden death following the bursting of a hydatid cyst is an anaphylactic phenomenon. Some years back I was in Brazil and I heard the story of a doctor who had given himself a preventive injection of anti-plague serum. The next year a new outbreak of plague was feared so he persuaded his students to have a preventive injection of the same serum. He set the example by giving himself another one. This was however an unleashing injection and his body had been affected by the first. The second injection was fatal and within two hours he was dead.

Anaphylaxis, perhaps a sorry matter for the individual, is necessary to the species, often to the detriment of the individual. The individual may perish, it does not matter. The species must at any time keep its organic integrity intact. Anaphylaxis defends the species against the peril of adulteration.

We are so constituted that we can never receive other proteins into the blood than those that have been modified by digestive juices. Every time alien protein penetrates by effraction, the organism suffers and becomes resistant. This resistance lies in increased sensitivity, a sort of revolt against the second parenteral injection which would be fatal. At the first injection, the organism was taken by surprise and did not resist. At the second injection, the organism mans its defences and answers by the anaphylactic shock.

Seen in these terms, anaphylaxis is an universal defence mechanism against the penetration of heterogenous substances in the blood, whence they can not be eliminated.

Richet's speech on anaphylaxis is now over 100 years old .. yet .. it seems we have learned nothing of the dangers inherent while "injecting" substances into the fragile human immune system.


cia parker

I recently read Dr. Suzanne Humphries' new book Dissolving Illusions. In it she included many citations from articles and books written by doctors from the decades around 1900. In the 1930s they were saying that pertussis (and measles) had become so much milder than they had been, that there would be no point in trying to make a vaccine for them. I have had both of them. Well over 99% of those who get them make a complete recovery. There are naturopathic, vitamin, and homeopathic remedies to aid the recovery of the immunecompromised, as well as antibiotics etc. to use when it is appropriate. Fraser presents much evidence, many citations, showing how doctors and researchers have known for over a century that injecting ANY substance into the body often provoked an excessive inflammatory reaction and/or an autoimmune condition. EVERY adjuvant has always been known to have a very high risk of causing allergies, but doctors have been programmed to believe that that risk is worth taking, because they have also been falsely programmed to believe that pertussis and measles (and some are attempting to say it with a straight face about mumps and chickenpox) would be the killer diseases they were in 1880 were they to come back in the absence of vaccines. Pertussis already has come back: 48,200 Americans were diagnosed with it in 2012, most of them appropriately vaxed, but got it anyway. Many more got it but didn't bother to get it diagnosed, as it's not that big a deal in those over six months old. 18 fatalities, all in newborns, who should be kept at home to protect them and given high-dose vitamin-C protocol if they get it anyway.
Everyone knows that the new acellular pertussis vaccine has turned out to be hugely ineffective and gives, when it works at all, very short-lived protection. Gotta play vaccine roulette with the Tdap every three years to be in compliance with the vaccine thugs.
So the system is programmed to say that yes, the vaccines can cause deadly allergies in a frighteningly high percentage of vaccine recipients, but that their value in holding mild diseases at bay is worth it. Too stupid or too scared to connect the dots.

cia parker

Absolutely. I am so sick of people telling me, Well, I and my children got ALL the recommended shots, and we're just fine (how unperceptive of them). That proves that you guys are all lying or woefully and stupidly deluded about vaccine damage. I learned from Heather Fraser's The Peanut Allergy Epidemic (absolutely stunning book proving how vaccines have caused it in one in fifty American children now), that penicillin itself does not cause allergies, it's the adjuvant in it that can cause allergies, cotton seed oil for a few disastrous decades, then peanut oil and aluminum. Once again, it's really hard to see how these ignorant, malicious people can say with a straight face, Well, I can get penicillin shots with no problem. I can eat peanut butter sandwiches every, no problem. Therefore that proves that all those people who claim to have DIED from exposure are totally bogus liars, Glad they're gone.


What a great story, Tim, and it highlights one of the key issues to do with the vaccination program. Different people will react differently to similar doses of ingredients/toxins/poisons (whatever it is). Obviously weight would, right off the bat, be an obvious factor to explain different tolerance levels- one which vets are now starting to recognize when they say small dogs will differ from very large dogs as to vaccine dosage requirements. Babies and young children obviously have quite a bit of variance, with some kids falling off the growth chart, yet others surpassing the norms. Surely this must be important in considering dosage? Does chemotherapy treatment account for weight? I'm pretty sure of you gave 10 people chemo, the effects would vary quite a bit as to how their body habdles it, too.
Your point completely relates to the issue of the skeptics thinking the dose makes the poison and yet not considering things like weight or nutritional deficiciences such as vit D or b vit status.
Even apart from dosage issues, though, I can't help but think that the vaccine program has gone too far. Hep b at birth? Give me a break!


That was a great anology.
I thought you were going one way, and you completely twisted it another, and suprised me!
That makes it not such a rare event as a bee sting and bee sting reaction -rare is hardly rare judging from what I see in my community.

Jim Thompson

The variability of human reaction to vaccines causes uncertainty in the safety of vaccines. In this regard, the FDA and CDC seem to follow the same pattern of immoral behavior that plagued the NASA management prior to the Challenger disaster in 1986. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDRxK6cevqw .

Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize winning physicist, reported his findings on the Challenger Shuttle disaster in appendix K in the Rogers Commission Report (1986).

“It would appear that, for whatever purpose, be it for internal or external consumption, the management of NASA exaggerates the reliability of its product, to the point of fantasy.”

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCLgRyKvfp0 .

Also see http://history.nasa.gov/rogersrep/v2appf.htm


Well said, imagine if a child who is immune compromised encountered these hornets... I'm sure the reactions today would be greater than in our childhood. It would have been epi-pen central at the ranch.


Very well said. Another analagy is that while smoking obviously causes cancer not all who smoke get cancer.

Vicki Hill

I use a simple analogy. For most, penicillin can be life-saving, but for those who are allergic, penicillin can be life-threatening. This is why doctors always ask about drug allergies. Nobody thinks that is unusual.

We need research to understand how to identify which people are more susceptible to side effects from vaccines.

Benny Bjorne

Thanks for the time spent penning this Tim, to share with the world. It is a good analogy for the often enigmatic demographic assault that vaccines make upon the highly varied human species.

To those who ask the question that you mention, ask not why there is a varied response to environmental assaults, but understand how this natural difference leads to the socio-political obfuscation of the assault and the agents of assault.

Re. your favorite tweet: I think that seeing a world where Autism is preventable means the abolition of vaccines, at least in their current form, for the basic rules of shock to the body (and "General Adaptation Syndrome") as described early last century by Hans Selye, will persevere whenever we are injecting foreign toxins into the bloodstream (thanks for the ref. to Dr. Viera Scheibner). The repercussions of the effects may be masked more or less in the individual, but it is still there.

We must, as an informed, if minority collective, understand how this occurs and work assiduously in the opening of other's eyes until we gain a tipping point of consciousness.

Similarly, we need to know that electromagnetic radiation (especially the pulsed microwave that we are being flooded in more and more) is doing our biology (especially that of our youth) a similar disservice.

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