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AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

ABC is airing interviews Friday and Monday with Taya Kyle, widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle. Taya, who has a new book out, is an impressive person – poised, smart, passionate -- and I got the sense early on that she is going to be a formidable public presence for a long time.

This gives me a moment to bring up a question that’s been in my mind all along -- whether her husband’s killer, Eddie Ray Routh, might have taken the anti-malaria drug mefloquine (brand name Lariam).

“This dude is straight-up nuts. He's right behind me. Watch my six,” Chris Kyle texted to Chad Littlefield as they drove to the shooting range with Routh (who soon killed them both). That’s the kind of thing you hear about soldiers who take Lariam, a CDC-recommended drug that has caused psychosis, depression, paranoia suicide and homicidal violence. Not a great thing to be handing out to people with guns.

My research on Lariam convinced me the CDC was too close to pharma, too willing to overlook side effects in its zeal to prevent disease, and too able to hide the truth. That got me onto vaccines and autism, which has been my focus ever since.

But mefloquine continues to cause harm (its effects can be permanent, the CDC finally acknowledged), and it’s worth keeping on our radar.

Routh didn’t see combat in Iraq, which kind of weakens the claim that his experience caused him to develop PTSD. What apparently really got to him were his experiences in Haiti, where he was deployed as a Marine after the 2010 earthquake. According to ABC, an uncle testified that Routh "didn't seem to find much joy in his life after he came back" from the humanitarian mission in Haiti. Others said he was never the same, and increasingly suicidal.

This reminded me of a couple of other things. You may remember in February President Obama signed a law to improve suicide-prevention services in the military. It’s called the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act for American Veterans. "Today we honor a young man who isn't here but should be here," Obama said. "He suffered physical injuries that healed, and he suffered invisible wounds that stayed with him."

Like Routh, Hunt went to Haiti after the earthquake. He was no longer a Marine, but wanted to help. His mother said the experience was therapeutic, but he killed himself in 2011. I’ve wondered what he, too, took in Haiti.

This past week, a TV producer stayed at our house for a few days and mentioned that he had been in Haiti after the quake. He said he didn’t take a malaria drug – he is not a big fan of mainstream medicine -- but a lot of other people did. Though he didn’t remember the drug’s name, he said they had been plagued by the vivid nightmares and waking hallucinations that occur with Lariam. As for the soldiers he met there, they told him they didn’t take it. “Are you crazy?” they said, aware of its daunting reputation.

Now, Lariam is not the first-line malaria drug recommended in Haiti. But I would really like to know what Routh and Hunt may have taken there, and perhaps elsewhere, too. Since the military invented mefloquine, their propensity to hand it out sometimes exceeds the formal recommendations. (Special Forces banned it in 2013 after the CDC strengthened warnings; an insider told me he thought the command was “sick of being lied to” that the drug was safe after a long string of inexplicable suicides and violence by the elite soldiers. Special Forces suicides have since fallen sharply while the rest of the military still struggles with the problem – make of it what you will.)

Lariam and other drugs given to soldiers, like anti-depressants and anti-psychotics and, yes, vaccines, need to be honestly considered if we want to get these problems under control. Twenty-two vets commit suicide every day, and I will guarantee you some of them are instigated, in whole or in part, by the permanent effects of Lariam or other drugs the military has pushed in them.

Instead all we hear about are combat stress, PTSD, lack of jobs, lack of support by the rest of us, how horrible the poverty is in Haiti, and other answers that don’t really add up to 22 suicides a day. (Were there 22 suicides a day after World War II? That was no picnic, either). It’s much more comfortable for the powers that be to pontificate about supporting our troops and vets, sign bills, and do public service ads about de-stigmatizing mental illness than it is to confront and investigate the role they may have played by pushing pills that just aren’t safe.

It’s kind of like autism, isn’t it? The damage rolls on while those in charge talk nonsense.

Let’s not let them.


Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.









WWII vets likes to go to the VA.

This past year I ha a pretty bad run in with a doctor over a shingles vaccine for my 90 year old father.

She wanted to know where I got my research; and was disappointed that my answer was sound. Then she wanted to know where I had gotten my medical degree.

I told her that I had a few hours above a masters in microbiology and was more than able to read research. Of course I did not tell her that because of multiple vaccine injuries of three family members, I did not get to use my degree -extensively year after year - like she was able to use her medical degree. Yeah; had pretty much on the job training in the medical field, so she can sit back in that special chair, in front of the special computer and turn around enough to look at me all superior.

Jeannette Bishop

@Shill Shock,

I don't know if this is a factor in the frightening rate of WWII vet suicides, but it seems like WWII vets were vaccinated and probably exposed to other chemical compounds more than in previous wars: (page 23 table)

Now they are repeatedly targeted for flu shot, etc., and I think you are right they are given more pharmaceuticals generally (the most dangerous in the south?--is there a Vit. D factor in that, like possibly the dangers are more obvious in the north?).

If things don't radically change in our view of environmental role in mental health and overall healthcare, I wonder if we'll see unspeakable numbers to come for all veterans, though the whole U.S. population may be racing down toward the same place.

shill shock

What's really interesting is that WWII veterans started killing themselves at an even higher rate than current vets at exactly the same time that the present military suicide spike ramped up.

"Suicide Rates Soar among WWII Vets, Records Show"

"We call them the Greatest Generation of military veterans, who saved the world for democracy by defeating Germany and Japan and then returned home to build the United States into a superpower after World War II.

In the popular mythology, they’re practically invincible, rarely complaining about the trauma of war.

But an investigation by The Bay Citizen and New America Media shows there’s a massive amount of pain behind that taciturn exterior: In California, World War II-era veterans are killing themselves at a rate that’s nearly four times higher than that of people the same age with no military service.

The suicide rate among these veterans is also roughly double the rate of veterans under 35, those who are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The analysis of official death certificates on file at the California Department of Public Health reveals that 532 California veterans over age 80 committed suicide between 2005 and 2008."

Makes you wonder what about the experience in WWII caused vets to wait 60 years to start killing themselves if war-- and not something else-- was really the immediate cause.

Here's a hint: an article from the radical anti-science organization AARP reports over-drugging of the elderly.

Betty Bona

@When Do We Take Our Country Back
I agree that mercury in the brain may be the actual cause for some PTSD victims, and their brain scans may actually look just like the scans of our kids. People are reluctant to give up the idea of genetics though. I sat through more than one presentation by a guy, Don Rojas, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Center who researched autism using magnetic encephalography. He found the same abnormal "response to auditory stimuli" in autistic kids, some of their siblings, and their mothers -- different than the typical control population. He said that he believed this shared familial abnormal response to stimuli was due to genetics. I tried to tell him that he was probably seeing the result of shared environmental exposures, but he and the rest of the medical crowd wanted nothing to do with my suggestion. That was two or three years ago. I have noticed people in the medical field are much more willing to see shared unbalanced gut bugs as a cause for familial issues. Gut bug research is actually being funded (as long as the researcher doesn't mention the cause for the imbalance may have been vaccines or other medical exposures), whereas research showing a relationship between autism and toxic exposures (especially those related to medical products) is not being funded. I'm afraid the gut bug research will be shut down as well once it's clear which exposures are causing gut bug imbalance.


Evidence from the World Health Organization suggests that nearly half of the world's population are affected by mental illness with an impact on their self-esteem, relationships and ability to function in everyday life.[14] An individual's emotional health can also impact physical health and poor mental health can lead to problems such as substance abuse.[15]

Well, they should know - cause they have caused most of it.

Cynthia Cournoyer

I heard that 1 in 5 vets have PTSD. The FIRST thing that leaped to my mind was that in no way did that many see combat. Of the hundreds of thousands of enlisted men? The SECOND thing was that they are kept up to date on all vaccines and more. Subject to vaccines that the general public does not take. To the degree that vaccines somehow lead to anxiety (one aspect of autism), then that leads to medication and some of these lead to suicide, we need to get off the PTSD band wagon. It is a scapegoat.

Eileen Nicole Simon

Dan - Thanks again for bringing up the effects of the drug mefloquine (Lariam). I remembered your post on Feb 28 motivated me to lookup research on this drug. I urge you and everyone to download and read the article by RL Nevin (2014), free online in PubMed. The link is

Nevin describes a syndrome of auditory-vestibular dysfunction that occurs in 1-10% of people treated with mefloquine, that includes vertigo, dizziness, movement disorder, and impaired hearing. He discusses evidence in the medical literature from over the past 40 years, and that the product insert includes risk of "encephalopathy of unknown etiology."

I may try to write to Professor Nevin at Johns Hopkins and inquire whether the encephalopathy shouldn't be compared with Wernicke's encephalopathy. Wernicke described the neuropathology in 1881 of symmetric bilateral injury within the brainstem that included auditory, vestibular, and oculomotor damage.

Reports of similar damage can be found in the medical literature caused by alcohol, valproic acid, mercury, lead, many toxic substances, drugs, and oxygen insufficiency at birth. Wernicke's encephalopathy should be considered as the cause of neurological signs in autism. I will continue to try to point this out.

When Do We Take Our Country Back

Daniel Amen once said, I would almost guarantee (can't find the link but vividly remember this) that the brain scans of autism moms looked like PTSD. The implication was that it's so stressful, and having my son run amok in parking lots and huge stores certainly qualified. In a way , this was affirming. . . pointing out how terribly difficult it is to raise an autistic child.

HOWEVER, it occurred to me: What if all the autism Moms are mercury-injured, and what if PTSD and mercury-injured brains look the same? And/or if mercury accelerates the effects of PTSD?

I think this totally backs up the paper posted by @Betty from Dr. Seneff's work . . .

Our soldiers. Our infants. Our elderly. Us. All left to struggle with brain injuries or their effects in our families, because exposing this would threaten the egos, jobs, and bank accounts of govt and pharma executives.

Vicki Ward

What an excellent and incisive article about a very important subject.

I started to believe some time ago that our soldiers are still used as unwitting test subjects, for the same reason prisoners and institutionalized children and others have been popular experimental subjects. (See the book "Acres of Skin", about prison experiments in Philadelphia, for example. There is apparently a documentary as well.) I wrote to an army press officer years ago to protest the breaking of bones of greyhounds to test adhesives. I was very startled to learn that the research wasn't being conducted to help soldiers in the field. So I started wondering, especially reading of all the sick Gulf War vets whose vaccination records were unavailable, if they were
experimenting on soldiers too.

Also, the thing that struck me in reading "Acres of Skin" (which I didn't have the heart to finish), was how little the "researchers" were interested in documenting the actual effects of the substances they were testing, and the endless complaints of the - woefully abused - prisoner subjects. One would think paying attention is the very heart of research. But as one medical resident who worked in that Philadelphia hospital in 1966 put it: "And it wasn't really research. It was a business."(

I suspect the same is happening in the military, for the
enrichment of the pharmaceutical industry, perhaps cloaked
in the secrecy of national security.


Thank you for continuing to shed light on this extremely important topic!
My husband is retired military. He somehow survived (so far, anyway) the cocktail of vaccines he was given before going on multiple deployments to the middle east.
Our kids (and myself) did not fare so well. All my kids had varying degrees of vaccine injury (one, who ages out of the school system this month, remains severely impaired), and I had a number of problems (as well as cancer).
I feel our problems can be directly traced to vaccines and amalgam fillings (lab work to prove this).
How is it that the military keeps doling this poison out like it's candy, yet never does proper safety studies?!
I believe there actually IS a place for certain vaccines with travel to third world countries, but I believe there has to be a much safer way to go about it (and US needs are vastly different than third world country needs!).
At the rate we are going, we won't have any elite forces left (and no one eligible to take their place). Surely the military can see this?! We currently only have about 25% of young people who are even eligible to serve (and that's a crisis no one is talking about!). Can you even imagine how low that number will be in a few years?!
We have moved into very scary territory, from a national security standpoint. It's getting very difficult to think this is an accident. It's so obvious to see there is a definite problem with the way we dole out vaccines, and the role vaccines play in the mental health crisis facing our nation. Yet our own government refuses to acknowledge obvious vaccine injuries, treat vaccine reactions, or even do anything at all in the way of prevention (we are going in the exact wrong direction by forcing all these mandates on the public).
I feel like I'm in some awful movie that is not looking like it's going to have a happy ending. We need to turn this around now, before we are so far along this path that we can't.

Angus Files

At one time all leaders of country's around the world came from the armies around the world. Today you can count on one hand how many politicians are ex-forces...they know the same as us but pretend to all they don't.



Thank you Dan Olmstead for caring about soldiers and kids. There must be many others who could put two and two together but chose to keep silent and safe.

Betty Bona

I'm intrigued by Dr. Seneff"s paper on Diminished Brain Resilience Syndrome. I think the things she suggests in this paper need to be considered when discussing increasing severity of football TBIs (and other TBIs as well). She talks a lot about glyphosate causing the problem, but mentions other toxins as well. Toxins like the ingredients in vaccines and psychotropic drugs and Larium might also fit into her hypothesis of diminished brain resilience syndrome.


Our soldiers deserve so much better, as do our children.
Agent Orange, Anthrax vaccine damage, depleted uranium exposure, mycoplasma infections (from the vaccines or sandflies or both?).
Thrown to the wind by the VA.
I was told by a soldier who got lyme from a tickbite he got only 10 days of oral doxycycline for treatment. The Embers study showed even 30 days didn't eliminate it from rhesus monkeys, that it was still there a year later on autopsy.
Pathogens and Poisons.
A lot of talk about mind-body connections, ignoring body-mind connections.
Time for a change.

BoB Moffitt

Why is there no effort to conduct a "retrospective" study on the vaccines or psychotropic drugs taken during the military careers of those "22 suicides a day"?

After all .. how difficult would such a study be.

In addition .. while I believe the many head traumas .. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) .. suffered by players in the NFL are most likely responsible for their failing health in their "golden years" .. I am troubled that so many of these former players .. just like the military .. have committed suicide .. such as .. Junior Seau .. after being prescribed the very same trial and error cocktails of "psychotrophic drugs" the military doles out as "treatment" for PTSD or TBI following combat experiences.

Until retrospective studies on suicides while being treated with psychotrophic drugs as a possible contributing factor .. in BOTH subject groups .. the TBI's will remain the sole explanation for the suicides .. while the treatment for those TBI's will remain unexamined as a possible contributing factor.

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