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American_flagNote: Memorial Day in the USA is a day to remember men men and women who died in active military service.  So many of us in the autism community feel that we, and our kids most of all, have been drafted into a war on health, logic, common sense and the very values for which our soldiers gave their lives. Dan wrote this post below nine years ago, just after Memorial Day. That boggles my mind. Age of Autism has been writing about the epidemic for over a decade now. Some things have changed. Mostly, we've all gotten older, wiser and tired-er. Keep up the fight, friends. Your personal battles for your own child, and the bigger war to protect our kids as they grow into an autism adulthood never imagined, let alone prepared. This commemorative holiday kicks off summer in the USA. Many times, we forget the meaning of the day. Let's remember those who gave their lives with solemn thanks. Kim

By Dan Olmsted

The New York Times published a piece over the Memorial Day weekend that must have been painful to write – they now realize they had the Watergate scandal handed to them on a silver platter four decades ago and just plain missed it. “The Watergate break-in eventually forced a presidential resignation and turned two Washington Post reporters into pop-culture heroes. But almost 37 years after the break-in, two former New York Times journalists have stepped forward to say that The Times had the scandal nearly in its grasp before The Post did — and let it slip.”

“Robert M. Smith, a former Times reporter, says that two months after the burglary, over lunch at a Washington restaurant, the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, L. Patrick Gray, disclosed explosive aspects of the case, including the culpability of the former attorney general, John Mitchell, and hinted at White House involvement.”
Exactly how this big fish got up off its silver lunch platter and swam away is worth reading (HERE).
But the bottom line is this: If the account is correct, “The Times missed a chance to get the jump on the greatest story in a generation.”
You can watch the same thing happen every day now with the greatest story of this generation, and I mean “this generation” very literally – the catastrophic rise of developmental and chronic diseases in this generation of children, the leading edge of which is starting to age into young adulthood. Start anywhere you want – 1 in 10 with asthma, a forty-fold increase in bipolar diagnoses, record levels of juvenile diabetes and, of course, our focus – the rise of autism and ADD and ADHD and sensory integration problems and etc., the neurodevelopmental kitchen sink that is disabling our future.

The article points out that the Times was preoccupied with covering the Republican Convention when it got the big Watergate tip. It just couldn’t get its institutional mind around what it was hearing – it was an anomaly, a Six Sygma event, so large that it didn’t track with the way their minds had been trained. The same kind of benighted small-minded misdirected perseveration is evident in press coverage these days – preoccupied with the deadly scourge of chickenpox, the failure of parents to submit and obey the CDC vaccine schedule starting with mercury-containing flu shots during pregnancy and Hep B at birth; the alleged inadequacies of the Homefirst medical practice in Chicago.

The latter was flung in the face of Autism One attendees last Friday and Saturday by the Chicago Tribune, which decided that roasting Mayer Eisenstein, Homefirst’s leader, and the Geiers was the single most important use of “The Midwest’s Largest Reporting Team,” as it proclaims directly under its logo on the front page (a bit defensively, since it used to be the Midwest’s Much Larger Reporting Team until a shopping mall magnate drove it into bankruptcy). And talk about missing the story: Eisenstein “proclaims that he’s seen ‘virtually no autism’ in his patient pool of thousands of unvaccinated kids,” the paper reported. Period, end of discussion. It’s clear from the sneering use of the word “proclaim” (when “says” would do just fine) that the reporter doesn’t believe it, and clear from the rest of the story that discrediting anyone who would say (I’m sorry, PROCLAIM!!!) such a thing is job one.

But hold on a second. No vaccines, no autism? As Mark Benjamin and I used to say to each other back at UPI when the media was in bed with Bush and oblivious to the administration's abuse of soldiers and vets, “There’s your story right there.”
 And indeed, there is your story, right there – a medical doctor in good standing (the Trib grudgingly acknowledges) says there’s virtually no autism among his thousands of unvaccinated patients. 

Of course, journalists should take nothing at face value. So I’ve got an idea – let’s be journalists; let’s realize the importance of that statement, if true, and check it out. As many of you will know, I wrote about this several years ago now, along with similar associations between low-or-no-vaccination and low-or-nonexistent-autism rates, including among the Amish and the homeschooled. The response is always the same – first, it can’t be true (Google Olmsted, Amish, fraud); then, it can’t be determined (Google Olmsted, Gerberding, Amish); then, OK, alright, it’s true but it’s meaningless (Google Olmsted, Wiznitzer, Amish).

By now there would have been plenty of time to not merely dismiss or discredit but actually disprove these anecdotal associations based on careful investigation, not ad hominem attacks, but all that happens is that they continue to hold up. Where are the autistic Amish? Where are the 1 in 150 never-vaccinated autistic homeschooled children? What about Homefirst? Instead, we get theories about how I’m the point person between the Moonies and the Scientologists (yes, you can Google that too) in a conspiracy to destroy the vaccination program, or about what a cad Mayer Eisenstein is.

That’s why it’s important to keep stating what I think the story is, and to repeat it every time a mainstream outlet like The Trib tries to hijack it and turn it into something else. So one more time, this is the story: There appears to be a significantly lower rate of autism in never-vaccinated and less-vaccinated American children. No one in a position of authority seems to want to find out, though they could and should have done so several times over by now, and the failure to do so should be suspicious in the extreme to any reporter with a decent skepticism of government and entrenched interests. (You know there’s a problem when the Trib dismisses vaccine-autism concerns as disproved by “government-sanctioned” studies, as if that is the mark of truth. Good Lord, even the government doesn’t trust itself, which is why The Founders enshrined freedom of the press in Article 1 of the Bill of Rights.) Meanwhile, autism is a problem that demands our urgent attention, and the question of vaccine-preventable diseases and whether Lupron is an effective treatment for autism are separate issues that should not be allowed to silence or subordinate this important conversation.

On Sunday afternoon, I went to Mayer’s talk at Autism One. I don’t know if the Trib reporter was there or not, but I’m sure if she was she was rolling her eyes when Mayer talked, once again, about health outcomes in his practice. You see it’s not just autism – that’s the leading edge, the defining disorder of the Age we’re in. It’s many other things, including juvenile diabetes and asthma, too. And on the latter, you don’t have to take Mayer’s word, even provisionally, for it – the larger HMO group that Homefirst belongs to picked up the virtual absence of asthma in his practice based on computerized records of emergency room visits and overnight hospitalizations of children for respiratory distress. 

No one disputes asthma has dramatically increased. No one disputes one in 10 children has asthma – that one in 10 children sometimes struggle frantically for air, and sometimes die because they can’t get enough, to put a human face on this clinical entity. No one disputes, as far as I know, that few if any children delivered at home by Homefirst doctors, treated by them as children and never vaccinated, have asthma. But no one realizes the credibility that fact gives Eisenstein when he talks about the virtual absence of autism in his practice. And, for sure, no one realizes the implications of that for the nature of autism and how to stop it and treat it – the focus of the allegedly “anti-vaccine,” pro-quackery Autism One Conference.

So, I’m going to give Mayer the last word. Think of him as a whistleblower taking Big Media to lunch and telling them they’re missing the story of their generation – here’s the evidence, here’s where to look, here’s what it means, here’s why it matters. Of course, some journalists are going to go back to the office after being told about Watergate and write about the credentials fight in the Mississippi delegation at the 1972 Republican Convention, and some journalists are going to be told that there is a startling association between no vaccines and no autism, and here’s where to look, and here’s the evidence, and here’s what it means, and here’s why it matters, and they are going to go back to the office and write about what a bad guy Mayer Eisenstein is and about what a bad drug Lupron is. For them, there’s no hope. 

But I’m going to keep putting pen to paper, so to speak, here at our Daily Newspaper of the Autism Epidemic, because first of all, what else can I do? And secondly, I figure that sooner or later somebody is going to decide to pay attention to the implications of a second-rate burglary attempt at the Democratic National Committee when it is handed them on a platter – I mean, to the apparent low incidence of autism in never-vaccinated American children when it is pointed out to them time and time and time again. 

Anyway, here’s Mayer, one more time, and folks, THIS is the story:

“[Our practice] has virtually no autism. I don’t know, there may be cases somewhere, but as you’ve seen this weekend, if you read the paper, Mayer Eisenstein does not have a low profile, and I’ve made this statement for two and a half years now [actually, Mayer, I think it’s 3 and a half years now!]. I got all my partners together; we scoured the records. We looked at ICD codes for neurological disorders, and first of all, we didn’t see it.
“But it’s more than just no autism. I’ve had three partners for more than 25 years, they’re closer to me than brothers … and we decided 25 years ago we weren’t going to take care of asthmatics, we weren’t going to take care of insulin-dependent diabetics, and every few years we kept saying, how many people are we referring away [to other practices that specialize in these disorders] because we see hundreds and hundreds of children. We were delivering at one time a hundred babies a year at home, and we’re still delivering hundreds of babies at home.
“And it never came up. And I can tell you this would be a nightmare when you have to start referring one person a week, two people a week, three people a week, in a large practice, only because, you know, they would say, ‘But Dr. Eisenstein, I want you to take care of me,’ [and I would have to say] ‘No, there are people who are much better at taking care of asthma than me, there’s people who are much better at diabetes than me.’

“It virtually doesn’t exist. For years I thought it was because [mothers in the practice] had their babies at home, they nursed their babies as much as two years, they gave minimal pharmaceuticals. 
“Every year I’d be invited a a conference of the LaLeche League, and every year it was the same. They had 40 or 50 children with severe asthma, and I was supposed to figure out what the problem was. ‘You don’t want to talk about home birth?’ [I would ask]. ‘No, we want to talk about asthma.’
“Finally, one of my partners said, ‘Mayer, it’s not the home birth, it’s not the breast-feeding [that’s the key factor in developing or not developing asthma], it’s the vaccines.
“There was an interesting little study … done in Australia, and they had four groups – breast-fed and vaccinated, breast-fed and unvaccinated, bottle-fed and vaccinated, and bottle-fed and unvaccinated. [This was not a big and conclusive study] but this was a very strong breast-feeding supporting organization. And they looked at respiratory illnesses. … The lowest instance of respiratory illness … was in what we expected – breast-fed and unvaccinated. What was interesting was what was in 2nd – bottle-fed and unvaccinated. That was shocking. … This said for them that breast-feeding wasn’t as important as not vaccinating your child.”
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.



Kathy Overton

Is there a source for this Astralian study on vaccination and breastfeeding?


Jeannette Bishop;
Well said.
I think we need to remember Dan Olmsted in that light, also.


I see Aimee that you well understand, from your last post.
It will take all of the population getting mad and angry at big pharma to make the government move, so again it is us and what we expect from our government.

What worries me though is in the "Men that Made America" the people were voting and voting the way the five men that made America wanted because it involved their job

Jeannette Bishop

"Let's remember those who gave their lives with solemn thanks." The reminder to reflect on the sacrifices we're most particularly (maybe rather isolatedly) aware of is greatly appreciated and made the day more meaningful for me. Thank you!

John Stone


Yes, I really intended to imply that. I cannot see that Republican members of Congress would have been ranged against Bill Clinton’s wicked decision.



This was a great series;

If you get time to watch this.

It is on the people's watch that we control the government. By controlling the government; we the people control big pharma. This is the only way to control them, our only option. Even in this series it was almost an act of God that stopped these five men from owning us all, and making life forever miserable. Good people do exist in our government, and that is all it takes to stop bad people, or companies for that matter; looking out for just their
own self interest.

We had William Thompson pushed forward, and then we have SPIDERS and that is a significant and very important letter.

Aimee Doyle

@John -

I do see your point. I agree that government has failed in this matter, as have the conservative, liberal, and alternative media.

The differing factors that contribute to the autism epidemic are likely very intertwined. I wasn't happy about Bill Clinton de-regulating pharmaceutical advertising, but I'll point out that most US Republicans favor deregulation of business. So it's not necessarily a left/right issue. Republicans control all three branches of the US government now, so could re-regulate pharmaceutical advertising if they wished to. But they don't. Why? I suspect it's pharma money donated to their political campaigns. Which leads back to....pharma as the primer mover.

I know that things work a little differently in the UK - and I'd be curious to learn how the UK government has failed to address the autism issue. What do you see as the factors there?

Angus Files

Anonymous don`t worry the technocratic states will look after us all.Who needs people with votes and rights, were seen as no better than problematic weedkill.

Italy LIVE: EU relief as Italian populists BLOCKED - parliament to FALL - elections called

Pharma For Prison



Been thinking about an extremely unpleasant possibility lately -- and the talk here about U.S. government failures makes me remember it --

It seems very likely that, as the low-level poisoning of thousands and eventually millions of Americans means that at every level, people are likely to be less capable than they would have been -- if they had clean water, safe food, almost no vaccinations, and . . . what else?

It used to be smoking and drinking that were a serious drag on the person's health. But at least the person who was drinking -- but also eating decent meals every day -- could still think and function. What happens to the person whose brain is slightly, or very, degraded because his entire health is degraded.

And what happens if lots of those people work in government jobs? Less and less capable of any kind of sophisticated work? Less capable of making good decisions? Less capable of caring about the general population?

John Stone


It is an interesting point but ultimately I don’t agree: it is precisely the failure of government that has left us so vulnerable to the industry. Citizens perpetually have to pay the cost of government not holding the line. It is the fault of government and politicians for falling to business sleaze. They think that business will save the state rather than erode it beyond recognition. It’s the lazy option, meanwhile they line their pockets and protect their backs - and lies prevail.

Also, of course, it was Bill Clinton in 1996 who gave the executive order de-regulating pharmaceutical advertising that allowed the industry to buy out the media in the US. I don’t know whether anyone contested it at the time though the decision seemed to lie outside jurisdiction of Congress but it was probably just considered the triumph of liberal economics, and no one probably stopped to consider why pharmaceutical advertising was regulated in the first place.

Aimee Doyle

On this site, and others, I read a lot of blame of "government" and "media" for vaccine mandates and vaccine propaganda. They deserve that. The government (state and federal) blindly uses its power to mandate, or to refuse to oversee/question the mandates, and the media (conservative, liberal, and alternative) blindly ignore the issue.

But Big Pharma deserves the lion's share of the blame: for co-opting the government, for co-opting Congress, for buying out the media. They are the puppet masters, the "man" behind the curtain, and I don't really think anything will be resolved until we recognize that and address that problem at its root.

Blame government, Congress, media all you want, but I don't think anything will change as long as we ignore the underlying problem.


I am deeply concerned that our military will be obligated to be vaccinated with the new Lyme vaccine.
There are unanswered questions.
notice several public comments regarding the safety concerns surrounding vaccine development.

Mr Olmsted deserved the Pulitzer.

John Stone


That's a wonderful quote - unfortunately the corollary is that the harm becomes ever greater because facts are ignored, or should we say set aside because they are inconvenient.


"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored" - Aldous Huxley.

As this generation of humans braves its new world, there will never be enough gratitude for the Great Dan Olmstead - and all the wonderful people at AoA - for never ignoring those who have been hurt.

go Trump

We all miss Dan so much.

Thanks to all those who have serve our Nation. We need to work a bit harder for peace rather than using bombs on seven or eight countries since 1990. Perhaps North and South Korea could be given a year or two to solve their own problems. We do not need North Korea to help us with our Mexican border.

However, It would be nice if some other country would tell us to STOP harming our children with the obscene “VACCINE VIOLENCE” in our nation .... I believe Mr. Putin has made several such statements.

Sadly only ... 1 member of the 535 in Congress ... has stepped up to “even attempt to allow” someone to tell Americans the truth of our now 1 in 22 Autism rates in some states.

There is far too much “free money being provided to the other 534 members” to investigate the Autism problem ... We soon will be enjoying a few billion dollars worth of campaign commercials paid for by the American drug lords. They will run in between the drug commercials.... on the MSM which is owned by the drug lords.

About half the “new miracle drugs” approved by the FDA, leave the market due to various problems... in less than 5 years.

Laura Hayes

If I mixed the ingredients in vaccines into a baby’s bottle and fed it to a pro-vaccine, food-label-reading parent’s baby, they would have me arrested, or possibly take me out themselves.

If I injected an orange with the vaccines given to an infant at 2 months of age and asked a pro-vaccine person to eat it, they would flinch, gag, and vehemently refuse to do so.

Yet, the same people described above, despite today’s plethora of online information and millions of parents’ firsthand accounts, willingly submit their fetuses, newborns, infants, toddlers, young children, pre-teens, and teenagers to 76 doses of these poisonous, toxic, disease-containing witches’ brews of ingredients on a regular and frequent basis, allowing these heinous ingredients made in heinous ways to be injected into a closed system where they will begin to wreak havoc that will last for a lifetime...a lifetime that will be marred, possibly plagued, and perhaps very prematurely ended by vaccines.

Common sense has been deprogrammed and replaced by a decades-long propaganda program. We need everyone to wake up to the Vaccine Holocaust which is destroying our children, families, communities, and nation.

For any new readers to AoA, and for veterans wanting a review, here is the link to my 80-minute, comprehensive presentation that covers many vaccine-related issues:

"Vaccines: What Is There to Be 'Pro' About?" by Laura Hayes

Kim, thanks for remembering Dan and his great writing on this day of remembering heroes.


Today I remember Dan Olmsted, and how he fought for the men and women who fought for his country.

UPI Investigates: Lariam and suicide
May 21, 2002

A year after their UPI reporting, CBS 60 Minutes mentioned it but left their question hanging: How dangerous is it?

Finally last week a Minneapolis TV station broadcast a segment on health damage from Lariam (mefloquine)… mighty slow progress, but progress nonetheless.

David Weiner

And needless to say, the consequences of the government vaccine programs make the Watergate affair look like petty crime, by comparison.

Gary Ogden

Memorable words from one of the greatest: "Good Lord, even the government doesn't trust itself. . . ."

Angus Files

Its funny(haha) how Pharma never fail to see the opporchancity for another vaccine supported by the media no surprise there, supported by none the wiser clebs.

"Hope for Lyme disease sufferers: Drug company makes first ever vaccine for illness that affects supermodel Bella Hadid and Hollywood star Ben Stiller and it could be available in just 5 years"

Pharma For Prison

bob moffit

God bless Dan .. he is greatly missed.

Unfortunately, the media nonfeasance that Dan wrote about is even worse today .. as evidenced by the dramatically increasing numbers of autistics .. 1 in 36 … who the media reminds us .. "have always been here and any increase is due to better diagnosing by doctors" .. and .. "for many autism is a GIFT that does not need a CURE or explanation for CAUSATION".

Much truth in old sayings: "There are none so blind as those that REFUSE to see"
"The greatest power of the press is their power to IGNORE."

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