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AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Hey Everybody! Catching up from a busy and fun summer or maybe just an obsessive one – along with camping and visiting friends and family, I’ve been immersed in the polio epidemic of 1916 – but that’s another (but related) story:

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I wonder: Why isn’t there a huge groundswell in the autism advocacy community for Donald Trump? We seemed to like him better when he was not in a position to do anything. Here we have the first leading major party candidate to say the studies are fudged, the shots are too many too soon, and the result is autism.

I’ve lived in Washington and covered politics here for three decades, and believe me, it is a big freakin’ deal that the Republican front-runner embraces our issues when we aren’t respected in virtually any other way.

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Speaking of politics and getting no respect, isn’t it amusing how the left paints us as know-nothing reactionaries and the right paints us as granola-crunching liberals?

Smart Yoga

As a granola-cruncher myself, I hate when my favorite mellow buddhistic publications dump me into the climate-change-denial wastebasket and stomp all over my sensitive little head. Today’s example is the mag Mindful, whose motto is “Taking Time For What Matters.”

Under the heading of Brain Science and the headline “The Stickiness of Misinformation – Even the most ridiculous rumors can cling in our minds – despite what the proof says. Sharon Begley tells us why,” the article begins:

“Isn’t it scandalous that Barack Obama, whose health-care reform law established death panels, is a Muslim who was born in Kenya? And isn’t it scary that all those scientific studies have shown that childhood vaccines can cause autism?”

That paragraph, of course, is dripping with sarcastic condescension toward the scientifically benighted and goes on to cite pop-brainiac concepts like “the fluency effect.” Now, Sharon Begley, who used to be at Newsweek, which used to be a magazine, has occasionally shown a scintilla of sympathy for the idea that vaccines cause autism, but it clearly no longer serves her professional purposes.

Compare that with a book called Science Left Behind that a friend of mine borrowed out of the book exchange at his office (the National Security Agency, as it happens). The “left” refers to liberals, who have apparently left not just science but good sense far behind as they buy into nonsense.

“Among many other examples, progressive activists such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have championed the unscientific anti-vaccine movement, confusing parents and causing a public health disaster.”

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Deer Watch: The Scourge of Wakefield weighed in this week on another blog where the topic was William Thompson: “It’s the same story as Dan Olmsted pulled over the father of one of Wakefield’s Lancet 12 children,” Brian Deer wrote, yanking the topic back to one where he, Brian Deer, winner of so many, many awards and encomiums including the British equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize if he does say so himself, can put himself, Brian Deer, back on center stage. “The father directly stated – and the documents proved it – that Wakefield’s paper was ‘an outright fabrication’. The father wrote to Olmsted telling him that. ‘Outright fabrication’.

“So Olmsted put on his blog that the father had attacked me and denounced my investigation. Hopefully, the message is beginning to circulate that these people are utter crooks.”

Oh Brian, go on with you now! This was a case in which Brian claimed Andy had switched the sequence of MMR shot and symptom onset in one of those 12 children’s histories, allegedly putting the shot first because, of course, he was an utter crook. The father told me otherwise, when I tracked him down in California much to Brian’s dismay. He, Brian Deer, was reduced to acting like it really didn’t matter, when in fact it was the heart of his accusation that Wakefield was an utter crook.

“Which is true for child 11?” Deer wrote. “Who can say, years later? The father says one thing, the medical records another. Nobody can time-travel back to 1990s California.”

Yes, they can. It’s all documented, and I did travel to California and did see the documents.

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I was reminded this week that it can take a bloody long time for the truth to emerge. In 2002 I first wrote about the devastating effects of the anti-malaria drug Lariam on U.S. soldiers, leading to suicides and homicides. Yes, really.

It took years, but U.S. Special Forces were ordered to quit using it, and now British soldiers are finally getting attention for their concerns. From the BBC:

“There are calls for the government to answer questions over a controversial anti-malaria drug given to UK soldiers.

“A group of MPs says it wants to know how many servicemen and women have complained about side-effects after taking mefloquine - or Lariam as it is more commonly known.

“The drug is given to soldiers serving overseas but can cause suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and depression.”

The number of deaths, and the toll of unnecessary human suffering, caused after it became known this drug was too dangerous, and safer substitutes were readily at hand, defies credulity. It certainly defies human decency.

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Now that SB277 is law, it will be interesting to see how many families it drives into home schooling or out of California altogether.  Is it really worth it for what the vaccine zealots hope to gain?

A Washington Post piece last month reported that a Health Affairs study out of the University of Georgia found “banning philosophical exemptions, whereby parents can claim that their personal but not necessarily religious views bar them from allowing their children to be immunized, raises vaccination rates by 0.1 percent.”

If my weak math is right, that is a tenth of a percent, meaning that when a state bans philosophical exemptions, one more person in every 1,000 gets their child vaccinated. So if just one more family (most with more than one kid) per 1000 left the public school system in California, or otherwise defeated the mandates, the whole effect would be offset.

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I was in Illinois last week, and the Western Courier at Western Illinois University (Serving Macomb Since 1905) made its back to school headline “MUMPS – OUTBREAK in Illinois – 104 confirmed cases – third vaccine dosage recommended for outbreak areas – campuses more at-risk.”

Mumps newspaper

“As of Aug. 28, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had 104 confirmed cases of mumps already in 2015, an illness that most children are vaccinated for before attending kindergarten.”

The health authorities were recommending a third dose for college students. Yes, because – unstated in the article – the vaccine doesn’t work, the manufacture knows it, and two whistleblowers are telling the truth in federal court.

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Speaking of infectious disease, polio from the oral polio vaccine itself has afflicted two children this summer in West Ukraine. It’s part of the Rotary-Gates-WHO mission to stamp out polio.

Which brings me close enough to my opening comment that I might as well show you this graph that has been obsessing me this summer.

Polio Graphic

See that spike in 1916 on the left side of the chart? That’s the great northeast polio epidemic. It’s a sign poliomyelitis outbreaks are not simply caused by a virus. Mark Blaxill and I have written about that before in general terms, but we are now bearing down on the most virulent outbreak ever. In our vaccine-centric medical world, we’re missing the key insights we might otherwise get into the nature of modern diseases, and how to contain them without causing many times more mayhem than we are preventing.

Stay tuned, dear readers. Stay tuned. We are all just getting started.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.

 

Comments

Message to CNN:

You are dissecting why Hilary Clinton is not doing it well and blaming it on her email scandal. Guess what? That's not the only reason. She would sell out American children for pharma interests in a heartbeat and many just can't stomach that. Deal with the reality #grammaknows

my2c

In fact hearing anyone bash Trump is very much the same thing as criticizing Kennedy's alignment with certain groups to get out awareness and have action. Please just stop, it will only hurt.

my2c

@Linda1 and Cait from Canada, Trump is the best shot and sometimes things are not perfect, but they are what is needed. Carly Fiorina looks very appropriate and seems every inch the public persona. I personally would rather have a genuine diamond in the rough than a slick type like her or Carson. They are cut from the same cloth of all those politicians that would represent corporate and lobbyist interests and it is obvious.

Benedetta

Linda Once again Rossie Rosie Rose and Trump could barely keep a smile off their lips during this public - publicity stunt feud between them.

Put that behind you and look at what else.

Oh, he did not like the looks of the Republican woman candidate -- and he has to clarify it is the image she puts out -- her persona -- OHHHH yeah that is true -- You mean she is what we call STIFF.

Colleen of the CDC shows the same stiffness -- they do what it takes to be in power and somehow it makes them stiff acting like a robot.

As the Republican woman candidate tells the crowd that this vaccine thing is old -- worn out and we need to get over it and move on.


Trumps our man -==GUYS --- FOUR THE FIRST TIME EVER!

He is not word smithing and that is a plus. And he is not stiff cause he is not a robot.

Gary Ogden

Dan and Mark: I've just finished The Age of Autism. What an extraordinarily fine piece of work. Multi-factorial causation is the take-away message I get, not only for autism, but for most modern diseases. Now we have MMR plus acetaminophen, glyphosate binding manganese, another 80,000 chemicals, mercury from Chinese and domestic coal-burning, the loss of maternal innate measles immunity, loss of circulating varicella, in addition to ethyl- and methyl-mercury, ad infinitum. I was intrigued by what Suzanne Humphries wrote about the NYC polio epidemic, and its possible connection to the Rockefeller Institute. Will your investigation result in a book? I eagerly await it! Once I'm finished collecting signatures for the SB 277 Referendum (19 today! We're waking up the masses!), I will write a review of your fine book. Today I booked my flight and room for Atlanta. We're gonna rock that city with righteousness.

Barry

I’ve lived in Washington and covered politics here for three decades, and believe me, it is a big freakin’ deal that the Republican front-runner embraces our issues when we aren’t respected in virtually any other way.

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Admitting to be aware of "fudged up reports", is hardly the definition of embracing this issue.

When Donald Trump pledges to be a president who has the balls to put a stop to this madness, and to jail anyone and everyone who played a role in this crime and its intentional cover-up.... only then will I agree that he's embraced the issue.

LInda L.

Just recently I went to a meeting in New York to discuss how to oppose legislation to remove the religious exemption for vaccines. Those running the meeting said that it was the single most important issue and we must tell our respective representatives that the vaccine issue will determine how we vote. If this community really believes that, Mr Trump is the man to vote for. He has publicly stated that he has not followed the recommended vaccination schedule for his son because he has listened to parents and believes that the vaccines cause autism. He is not my favorite candidate, but he will get my vote, and the vote of the other adults living in my home, solely because of his stand on vaccination.

Linda1

To be honest, I can't believe that a Donald Trump could even be considered for president.

“You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of [expletive],” he told Esquire in 1991."

PRESIDENT? REALLY?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/08/donald-trump-s-gross-history-of-misogyny-from-rosie-o-donnell-to-megyn-kelly.html

Sun~Rose

At first I read some Obama mailing that sounded good, and then I heard some autism parents ask him about vaccines, and I saw him stiffen and say he was for them, and that was that on him. And later -- let us remember -- he bought 250,000 flu vaccines to foist on the public who were too smart to take them. A friend did and she was very vey sick for 3 weeks! And reminding everyone of all he women who lost their almost full terms babies from vaccines (I think the flu ones), their heart-breaking stories of how they could feel their children's acute distress, and then they died.

What kind of people cause such pain and don't care at all?

Let's get real here and not blame the Republicans, for Obama had an awful lot of Dems before 2012. And I don't like Mitch McConnell at all. And Trump is REAL. Loved his acknowledgement of what we all know already!

Michelle B

I haven't voted for President for over 20 years--my husband 30--if Trump is really in the running, he can count on 2 votes from these parents of a once ASD kid.

Cait from Canada

John and JerseyGuy, my uneasiness about Trump notwithstanding, I hope you are both right, and that he can bring some positive publicity to this issue.

Jenny Allan

"Dan was surely being ironic when he referred to Brian Deer's many, many awards... "if he does say so himself!"

Yes, of course Dan was being ironic! Deer's self promotion strategy involves maximising the few poxy so called 'awards' he got from a press and media system more or less owned by and dictated to by corporate interests including pharma vaccine manufacturers.

Deer ridiculously 'sexed up' his 2011 ill deserved press award by calling it a UK 'Pulitzer Prize'. We don't have a Pulitzer Prize in the UK, or anything like it. As for that "2012 Distinguished Lecturer in Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse" - what a sick joke. Deer certainly 'distinguished' himself with sexual references and profanity, the latter aimed at Dr Wakefield and everyone else he regards as an enemy. I think those US organisers assumed Deer was a doctor or a scientist, having been fooled by the man's own self promoting invective.

Jenny Allan

@JerseyGuy "If he (Trump)says vaccines cause autism, what can they do? The media will denounce him, of course, but they can't say anything nasty about him that they haven't already said."

Too right JG. Trump is one of the few-the very few- influential persons, who is not beholden to Pharma/ Agric/Nuclear industries for cash or promotion. Considering he is proving to be a serious contender for President of the United States, then he MUST be taken seriously, by press and politicians. We would be foolish indeed to join in a chorus of Trump 'badmouthing' through these comment threads.

For the sake of children born and unborn, we should keep our personal opinions of Trump - good or bad - to ourselves, and instead show our strong support for his welcome publicly expressed vaccine concerns.

JerseyGuy

Cait: So "This community – already marginalized – runs the risk of further undermining its credibility if it aligns itself with Donald Trump." Really? The latest polls show Trump beating any one of the possible Democratic candidates (Clinton, Sanders, Biden). I have my own misgivings about Trump, but whether you or I like him hardly matters: the important point is that half (at least) of the American people find him all too credible. And if he takes up vaccination as an issue, the media blockade will be busted open. That's why he absolutely terrifies the Dark Side (as his appearance on Fox and Friends suggests). If he says vaccines cause autism, what can they do? The media will denounce him, of course, but they can't say anything nasty about him that they haven't already said, and the media itself has no credibility. We've seen this pattern again and again: Trump commits "gaffe", Trump is denounced by pundits, Trump's poll numbers go up. And remember, Trump doesn't have to win the presidency: he will do us a great service if he simply opens up a national debate, something the Dark Side desperately wants to avoid.

John Stone

One of the things that we have to consider in relation to Trump is that we are already at a point of critical decline - we can't wait another generation for our issues to be recognised. Trump is a kind of rough intellect - he sees certain things very clearly, notably here. Maybe part the answer to the vaccine problem when faced with all these preening sciency idiots is just to be blunt: it isn't really about science it is about their bluff (and their ridiculous narcisism).

Cait from Canada

This community – already marginalized – runs the risk of further undermining its credibility if it aligns itself with Donald Trump. He may be right on vaccines but in my view he is out to lunch on pretty much everything else.

The comment thread on Brian Deer is interesting, though Dan was surely being ironic when he referred to Brian Deer's many, many awards... "if he does say so himself!"

John Stone

I guess with Deer and Wakefield it is proof of the old expression "A stitch in time saves nine". Eleven years on the media relentless re-cycles these long proven falsities - they don't have to deal with all the real holes in vaccine science, the simply have to wind up the old cracked record.

Jenny Allan

"It may only have been my timely intervention which stopped Deer getting the highly coverted Paul Foot award for 2011"

John Stone is probably correct about his article revealing all the behind the scenes machinations, which culminated in Private Eye Editor Ian Hislop, claiming Paul Foot's MMR vaccine/Wakefield articles linking the vaccine to autism, 'got it wrong'. Paul Foot would 'turn in his grave' at the idea of Brian Deer getting an award linked to his name.

Note almost all these Deer press and other awards in 2011, follow on from the 2010 GMC guilty verdicts against Dr Wakefield and his two clinician colleagues. Deer's anti Wakefield diatribes were particularly prolific 2010-11, and include all those BMJ fabrications and exaggerations.

The total vindication of Professor Walker-Smith, following his successful Feb 2012 High Court Appeal against the GMC verdicts, should have resulted in at least SOME kind of press apology or 'mea culpa', for the most fanciful and malicious of Deer's allegations. Judge, Lord Justice Mitting had some scathing comments about the GMC's 'superficial and inadequate' examining of the evidence against the three doctors; in a number of instances their conclusions were just plain WRONG!! Prof Walker-Smith and his colleagues were just doing their jobs. Fellow clinician Prof Murch, who was admonished by the GMC, but allowed to keep his licence, should have received a public pardon. He faced identical charges to Prof W-S.

Dr Wakefield was also found 'guilty of ethical breaches', following a kids party where a qualified nurse took blood samples to be used as lab 'controls'. The kids and their parents consented and no one came to any harm. In the UK, ear and body piercing, and circumcision for non medical reasons is permitted for minors. Why no GMC ethics 'outcry' over these? The 'dishonest' tag referred to Dr Wakefield's failure to disclose his legal reports for MMR vaccine damage litigation purposes. Considering at least one GMC expert witness, had also been paid to testify in US vaccine damage litigation cases, (on behalf of the vaccine manufacturers) ....and also failed to declare it to the GMC panel, this stinks of double standards, but then this entire 3 year GMC hearing was a 'show trial', conducted along the lines of the Spanish Inquision.

Deer is still spewing his lies and venom on any press outlet or blog prepared to give him a platform. We can and should keep on reiterating the truth. Well Done all.

* John Stone's AoA Article:-
"In Memoriam Paul Foot: Private Eye in an Ethical Tangle Over MMR"
http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/01/in-memoriam-paul-foot-private-eye-in-an-ethical-tangle-over-mmr.html
From Above:-
“When Foot died a few months later Private Eye and the Guardian set up a prize for investigative journalism, but when they closed ranks with the British establishment over MMR they did not honour his memory. The only thing they have not done so far is award it to Brian Deer, although who knows what the 2011 awards to be announced next month will bring.”

Jenny

Trump is a shit human being on every other topic besides vaccines. That's why.

John Stone

Susan

An interesting view - indeed, when Wakefield came along the British medical profession and government already had streamline strategies for denying and ignoring vaccine damage: they had for instance for a long time known that that the DPT (particularly the whooping cough component) was dangerous not to mention almost useless but they just went on regardless, upping the ante by introducing an earlier schedule for it in 1990. When the Canadian authorities removed SKB's MMR 1987-88 the UK's Department of Health leapt in the breach, confident that they could get away with anything. It wasn't the British government that removed the SKB version of MMR in 1992 it was SKB (latterly GSK) on advice from its lawyers. The fact is they just continue to block and bluster reckoning they no one can do anything about it - but Wakefield represented a threat and Deer was their man.

http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/02/hacked-off-boss-martin-moore-sat-on-uk-government-panel-with-editor-who-hired-brian-deer-.html

Of course Deer blathers embarrassingly from time to time: a man with the apparently delusional conviction that everything he says is is true by virtue of the fact that it is he who is saying it.

The other thing is that scrutiny has disappeared from Whitehall: in the old days it used to have a reputation for sinister duplicity. There was a comedy show called "Yes, Minister" which wasn't in the least bit funny but told it somewhat like it was. But no one has ever focussed on the DH and everyone takes their flannel for reality.

susan

When Dr Wakefield's work was publicised, with the MMR/autism link, my 2 Grandson's autism 'fell into place'. When, with the help of BMA, Brian Deer, the British Government and Rupert Murdoch, the link was 'disproved', in my naivety I believed it. However, I assumed that research would find the reason for the skyrocketing rates of autism. Of course I realise now that Dr Wakefield's research should have been the 'beginning of end' of the increase in autism, but that did not suit those in power. Sometimes I despair of the truth ever being made known to all, but have to believe that it will eventually become public knowledge, so that parents-to-be will be spared the distress of vaccine damaged children.

Greg

On a slightly unrelated note, here is an interesting development in my province...

Miss those days that you could exercise your rights, and refuse a medical procedure such as vaccination for you and your family? So does ONA, and they took action!

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/union-says-ontario-nurses-cant-be-forced-to-wear-masks-in-flu-season/article26306631/?service=mobile

Bob Moffitt

Two reasons .. other than Trump's common sense reasoning on vaccines .. which can be reduced to a bumper sticker .. "Too many, Too soon".

#1 .. Trump ain't one of THEM .. CAREER POLITICIANS OF BOTH PARTIES.

#2 .. Trump as President .. APPOINTS members of his own Cabinet .. as well as .. APPOINTS those who will lead that unelected, unaccountable entrenched federal bureaucracy .. HHS, CDC, FDA, EPA, on and on.

As to #2 .. it is well to remember that Trump .. as a successful businessman worth BILLIONS .. could not have been so successful unless he had the business acumen to find and delegate responsibility with accountability .. (YOU'RE FIRED) .. to the very best men and women suited for their task .. unlike THEM .. who always manage to appoint a crony (You're doing a great job Brownie).. or to satisfy the demands of campaign donors .. as REQUIRED "payback" for those lucrative campaign donations.

John Stone

Jenny

Also worth noting that that at the time of Deer's second British Press Award the Press Gazette which runs them was owned by Matthew Freud who was then married to Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of Rupert and sister of James.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Freud

Admittedly, it may only have been my timely intervention which stopped Deer getting the highly coverted Paul Foot award for 2011:

http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/01/in-memoriam-paul-foot-private-eye-in-an-ethical-tangle-over-mmr.html

Another notable guest appearance by Deer was as speaker at the Fondation Merieux:

http://www.ageofautism.com/2014/11/best-of-age-of-autism-brian-deer.html

Maybe his apotheosis.

greyone

Could the second big spike be related to above ground nuclear testing? Reminds me some of these epa charts.
http://www.epa.gov/radiation/rert/nuclearblast.html

Benedetta

And I cannot hardly stand it -- what do you think you discovered about the first polio epidemic?

Is it more proof that the lead- arsenic pesticides was used?

What- what --- what --- Don't leave us hanging for long please!

michael

"......It can take a bloody long time for the truth to emerge"
As far as universal forces go like gravity, [this]truth has to achieve escape velocity from the entities who are not served by the truth and do not want to be held accountable. As other forces come into play to suppress this truth from reaching escape velocity, the likely hood of a super-nova event becomes possible if not probable.

There is some math wiz out there who could write the equation which could be as simple as E=mc2 where m(mass)is the autism epidemic numbers and c is cumulative destroyed lives in years.

Denise Anderstrom Douglass

Dan, I am very ashamed and angry at myself because I believed Mr.Obama the first time around ("I'm going to be The Autism President!") in '08, and gave him the benefit of the doubt and voted for him again in '12. Fooled me twice, shame on me.

I am so happy to hear of what you are working on. I hope it has to do with what "Plague" was about. Yes, it goes back to yellow fever.

I'd like to say one thing: Never mind why we aren't trusting Mr. Trump, folks. I believe we all agree on at least one thing: Mr. Olmsted is the epitome of a decent human being.

Linda1

Danchi,
Very true. But, Obama didn't have to choose Monsanto's Michael Taylor to be the Deputy Commissioner for Foods. Obama fought hard for his health care bill, which I was naively all for. Now I see it WAS the government taking over health care. We all know how we trust the CDC's health policies and recommendations. The end result was likely not what Obama originally intended. The whole thing was no doubt hijacked and manipulated by Pharma and Big Insurance. But even if Obama was powerless to have GMOs labeled (or banned, as they should be), he could have still expressed his desire for them to be, just as he was adamant in expressing his desire to have his health care law passed. And he still could vocalize his outrage at Thompson's revelation and publicly call for hearings. No, not giving him a pass.

Jenny Allan

From Above:- "Brian Deer, winner of so many, many awards and encomiums including the British equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize if he does say so himself, can put himself, Brian Deer, back on center stage."

According to Wikipedia, Deer has won TWO press awards in the UK, both for Murdoch Times articles.

His 1999 award was about Big Pharma harmful drugs. Judges said that he was probably "the only journalist in Britain that polices the drugs companies".

12 years later, 2011, Deer won the 'Investigative reporter of the year' prize for his MMR vaccine/ Wakefield Times articles. Two senior Murdoch persons were on the judging panel. Deer's was just one of a number of annual press awards. 'Pulitzer Prize' it wasn't!! In the UK this was the press equivalent of 'Buggin's Turn'.

Also in 2011, Deer was given a 'Healthwatch' award. (Healthwatch is a Skeptic/corporate pharma sponsored organisation, which, amongst other things, lobbies against alternative medicines and therapies, including special diets, vitamins and homeopathy.)

Deer makes much of the two lectures he delivered in the US:-
The 2009 Susan B Meister lecturer in child health policy at the University of Michigan, and the 2012 Distinguished Lecturer in Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

I think it's fair to say Deer's Wisconsin 'Life Sciences' lecture was a complete embarrassment. He knows next to NOTHING about life sciences, being completely unqualified in this field. Deer did tell those unfortunate students, he liked sex and seeing his name in the papers. Well that's 'The life of Brian' I suppose.
* 'Healthwatch' is covered in Martin J Walker's book "Dirty Medicine".

Benedetta

Danchi;
I am tired. I have been in the ER all morning with hubby - I have to go right now and check on my elderly parents; and on and on.

I remember that the American people gave one party all the power - yeah -- shut out the Republicans
and the Death panels stuff commenced - we are now finding out what was in the Affordable (Heeeee, heeee, heeeeeeeee -- eeeeek ) Health bill.

IT is sucking me dry right now by the way.

Meanwhile - the Democrats have hardly done - what? Give me a break -- it is like two ball teams. The Democrats got the upper hand and was rubbing it in and the Republicans were shut out and was whining about it.

Maurine Meleck

No one person(president) can make changes(and that's right) without congress, but I'll add that no congress can make changes without the backing of the big corporations. And yes, I love Trump for his vaccine beliefs and statements, but not so much for his other comments such as, "I want to make America great again?" Does that mean invading 135 countries and running their economies?

Barry

No President can make changes without the votes from the house and senate. The problem as I saw it was his administration weren't in fight mode when it became apparent that this was the game plan. You also have incentives from corporate American to maintain the status quo or their minions in the house and senate doing their bidding such as the GMO labeling issue:

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So why have a president at all?

Danchi

Linda 1. I share your frustration but I also know that whoever is President it is just not up to him to make changes. There is protocols that must be followed and noting can get done without the assistance of the House and Senate. Remember when he was elected the Republican met and made a pack to not support anything that Obama tried to do. Remember when Mitch McConnell stated on live TV that he and the republican would let the country fail to prevent President Obama from making any changes to the status quo? There are some excepts from Roberts Draper's book: "Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives."

As President Barack Obama was celebrating his inauguration at various balls, top Republican lawmakers and strategists were conjuring up ways to submarine his presidency at a private dinner in Washington.

"For several hours in the Caucus Room (a high-end D.C. establishment), the book says they plotted out ways to not just win back political power, but to also put the brakes on Obama's legislative platform."

"You will remember this day," Draper reports Newt Gingrich as saying on the way out. "You’ll remember this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown."

Biden: Mitch McConnell vowed no cooperation with the Obama administration from the get-go-http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/10/1118614/-Biden-Mitch-McConnell-vowed-no-cooperation-with-the-Obama-administration-from-the-get-go.

No President can make changes without the votes from the house and senate. The problem as I saw it was his administration weren't in fight mode when it became apparent that this was the game plan. You also have incentives from corporate American to maintain the status quo or their minions in the house and senate doing their bidding such as the GMO labeling issue:
Surprise! Pro-GMO Lawmakers Get Big Funds from Agribusiness Lobbies: Reps who voted against mandatory GMO labeling received three times as much money from food and agriculture lobbies:http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/07/27/surprise-pro-gmo-lawmakers-get-big-funds-agribusiness-lobbies
http://naturalsociety.com/ban-gmo-labeling-today-under-dark-act/
Here’s The Politicians Who Were Paid to Make GMO Labeling Illegal: http://www.ageofautism.com/2015/09/age-of-autism-weekly-wrap-playing-catch-up.html#comments.

The Presidency is never about one person-especially if that person is someone the senate and house hate.

Carol

It's remarkable that in Deer's conversation with Father 11 it never occurred to Deer to ask why he thought his son's autism was attributable to MMR if the symptoms actually started two months before the shot. (They didn't.)

One of those stories too good to check, I guess.

Benedetta

Barry - Alysin Camerota was let go shortly after "Fishy Language comment"
Murdoch has his little pretty ducks in a row.
Then one morning on the "Fox and Friends" Show, Trump shows us and he says -
Ohhhhh he sayssssss

"It's the vaccines"

All the host on the show froze stiff in fear and said nothing.

That my friend is the best TV - news - I had seen in - like -- ever!

david m burd

Dan, the Graph says "acute poliomyelitis" peaked at 40 cases per 100,000 population. In 1916 with 100 million population that would be about 40,000 cases. There is no info on how many cases were transient, permanent, fatalities, or the return to good health.**

Also, as happens all the time, it becomes a medical "fad" to quickly assign other similar acute conditions to just one Huge Guess, like poliomyelitis - and other similar pathogens/toxin cases fall accordingly.

At any rate, one medical definition of "acute" states "acute disease Epidemiology Any condition—eg infection, trauma, pregnancy, fracture, with a short, often < 1 month clinical course; **ADs usually respond to therapy; a return to a state of complete–pre-morbid health is the rule."

This 1916 statistic has too many unknowns, and not enough equations to figure it out. For instance all kinds of vaccines were coming into vogue at that time, and ALL U.S. military recruits were REQUIRED to take about 4+ vaccine injections (yellow fever, measles, pneumonia-type concoction, typhoid, etc.), so it's fair to guess a huge percentage of these graphed poliomyelitis cases were reactions from vaccines. I'll be rechecking my historic records about this to be precise, but can't right now.

cheers, and happy hunting on your 1916 sleuthing.

david m. burd

cia parker

SB277 has not yet gone into effect, and it won't. The referendum is about to blow it out of the water.

cia parker

I remember Sharon Begley when she was at Newsweek. In one of her weekly columns, she said how sexy animal experimentation was. Enough said. There seem to be a number of perverted people who get off on snuff films. Nothing she says should be taken to be a rational, humane statement shared by the wider community of sane, compassionate human beings. Why in the world would a Buddhist publication have anything to do with her?

Linda1

Let's see. Why am I not supporting Trump? Because 1) I am thoroughly disgusted 2) I have trouble relating to someone who runs beauty pageants. Blame it on the influence of the women's movement on my life. I also have trouble with the way he goes after people - visciously. Not my kind of guy. Not someone I would want to have dinner with, let alone be my president - even if he has noticed that vaccines cause autism.

We had Bush, who gave us "shock and awe" and showed us how our government uses torture. That needs no elaboration. We have Obama, who gave us the hollow unfulfilled promise of "hope and change". Let me take that back - there's been lots of change, just in the direction of bringing more despair and less, a lot less, hope. He said his government would be transparent (how many years did it take for Dr. Hooker to get his Freedom of Information Act request honored? 10?), he said he'd label GMOs (followed during his presidency by a law going through the legislature that would make this illegal which would overrule the laws already passed in several states - without a peep from Mr. Obama), he said he'd close Gitmo, he said he'd work towards justice for all, including and especially, minorities (then during his presidency ignored and continues to ignore, the report of a whistleblower in his government who said the CDC deliberately buried evidence of harm to African American children from the CDC's vaccine schedule). Mr. Obama also, probably in every speech (because I watched just about every single one) talked about how he would get rid of the influence of special interests in Washington. What a joke! We can go back even further, to Clinton's presidency. His was a doozey too. Mr. Clinton gave Pharma unrestricted access to the airwaves and print so that now we are literally inundated with pharmaceutical ads. I believe that gift came in 1999. Of course, I could go on. I'm a little burnt out with these idiots and I don't trust that Trump will do - or be able to do - what he says he intends to do. And as I said, I don't trust that he is a man of good moral character. What's the alternative? Pray. That's all I've got.

Glad you're back, Dan. Don't go away for so long next time. If you do, please bring your laptop, but don't put it on your lap :o).

Jeannette Bishop

re Trump...Trump has been gaining ground in my view for some time, and the power of the office of the presidency, at least to go against certain agendas, has been losing ground. The fact that he's leading right now is positive to me. I think that shows that many are sick of the slick, ultimately bought (possibly cowed is a more fair word sometimes) politician and aren't so concerned with "political correctness."

One view I've heard that I can't take credit for (and I'm not smart enough to judge it's correctness or be certain I'm conveying it correctly) is that he's not entirely independent of the good will of certain powerful entities and he may mostly be useful to them in re-energizing interest in the national presidential election (some call it the "presidential selection").

Richard

It seems to me the lines between "the left" and "the right" are shifting. Hopefully more people on both ends will realize we have more in common with each other than with those the corporate interests who are using a "divide and conquer" creating a false choice between republicrats and the demublicans. I'm glad Trump is running even if I really don't agree with many of his positions, at least he's not bought and paid for. It's Carson that worries me, he seems like he's in big pharma's pocket, as well as the front-running Democrats.l (haven't looked into all of them).

As for polio, I have read that tonsillectomies may have played a huge part in the epidemics, they were routine in those days and greatly reduced natural immunity to polio.

my2c

Trump is succeeding exactly because a silent majority feels that the vaccine mandates have gone too far. I believe he will come out and say more sometime soon. In fact I think many Dems have bailed on any of their potential candidates- be they Clinton or Biden. Those in the know about vaccines are mostly familiar that Trump has gone out on a limb to say he feels today's children are getting too many. He has spoken against lobbyism.
Nice newsy update, Dan! Glad you had a fun summer.

Jeannette Bishop

Re the University of Georgia study, I wonder if it's having families who object moving out (or deciding not to move in) that's the factor in that observed .1% increased vaccine uptake rate? (I did try, a little, to find the study, without much hope I could understand what was done, but came across too many news reports that claim it or a similar one also found the removal of PBEs decreased whooping cough rates and began to wonder if it only decreased likelihood of whooping cough diagnoses, and I'm now falling prey, again, to wondering if we can ever figure out anything with any, particularly widely reported, study looking at vaccination ...)

Barry

Why isn’t there a huge groundswell in the autism advocacy community for Donald Trump?

**************

…. Really???

You're wondering why us parents are suspicious of public figures, and/or people who pretend to be on our side??

Angus Files

100% with you Dan,I don't think he is any paid Patsy like Obama,the Bush`s Clintons etc.I believe he is funding himself his whole campaign, after that he will need a paid job and a better one couldn't be more needed as in the President of the USA.


MMR RIP

victorpavlovic

We need to start a twitter campaign and flood him with requests to join the rally atbthe CDC in October.

Carol

"My son," wrote Father 11, "at age 15 months, was immunized with the Merck MMR vaccine and became ill for the next several months. As his pediatric records indicate he came down with a viral infection, and shortly thereafter viral pneumonia. His condition slowly deteriorated over time, and was diagnosed as being autistic on his birthday at age 3. The onset of his autistic behavior began around 18 months....He was diagnosed as moderate to severe, with no speech, no eye contact, and cognitive function at 6 months overall.”

So, MMR vaccination, related viral infection, autistic behavior. Because Father 11 believes that MMR was the ultimate cause of his son's autism, the viral infection/pneumonia can only be the proximate cause. That opinion had to be summarized in a brief table entry. How else could Dr. Wakefield have done it?


Dan Burns

Dan Olmsted: Yes, yes, yes. Trump attracts cameras, microphones, and viewers. That’s what we need! Let’s help The Donald send a message to New York Times, Slate, Forbes, Sharon Begley, and the other somnambulant op-ed writers: “Your license to parrot CDC lies has been garbage canned. You’re fired.”

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