It's the Numbers
One of my favorite quotes about the media is this one from the movie, Argo: “If you want to sell a lie, get the press to sell it for you.”
This is exactly what’s happened.
There have been decades of decline in the health of children—developmentally, behaviorally, physically—and the press has reported on it all. It’s been endless, even tedious. We’ve been fed a steady diet of autism increases that should have stopped us all dead in our tracks, but officials have never been sure if higher rates mean more kids have autism. Autism has merely been a “concern” to the guardians of our health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no need for worry, and that’s how the press spins it.
But it’s clearly more than just autism happening to more and more kids. Mental health is now a major focus of schools everywhere. Social—emotional learning is right up there with math and reading. Keeping kids calm is as important as final exams. The special needs student today is more likely to have behavioral problems than just learning difficulties.
Add to that the stunning numbers of kids with chronic health problems that schools are forced to deal with--asthma, allergies, seizures, diabetes, bowel disease. In-school clinics are becoming standard in lots of places because the need is there.
So why is this happening? Why are children today so unwell? No one is really sure, and no one really wants to find out. Awareness, acceptance, and accommodation are the only things we really care about. I know this for a fact because I’ve been following these stories specifically for a year and half and NO ONE EVER DEMANDS THAT WE FIND OUT WHAT’S GOING ON.
The real job of the media has been to tell us how bad things are and to pretend nothing is really wrong, and they’ve been very successful. We’re now so used to having kids with chronic illnesses and disabilities that numbers mean nothing.
But maybe the problem is that they’re all isolated stories. There’s little national coverage (except for each autism rate increase when all the big news outlets assure us it’s more “better diagnosing”).
No, it’s local reporting that shows us what’s really happening, and if you start to add it all up, it’s a disaster unfolding right before our eyes.
To that end, I went back over stories published just since January, 2018, and I just picked out statistics to show you what I mean. It’s the numbers, the costs, and the increases. These are real and they will only be getting worse, because that's what's been happening for years.
It’s things like:
Winchester, KY: About 30 percent of students in the school district take special education classes…
Minneapolis, MN: In Minneapolis alone, one in 48 children has been diagnosed with ASD, the CDC says. …
Dublin, Ireland: Currently, there are 1,307 special classes of which 1,048 are designated for students with ASD, more than double what it was a decade ago, and The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) expects to open about 180 more next September.
Israel:…Davidovitch found that the rate of ADHD diagnoses more than doubled between 2005 and 2014. By then, he says, one in every seven Israeli children, or 14.4 percent, had been diagnosed, the highest reported diagnosis rate of any nation.
Northumberland, England: Between 2013 and 2017 there was a 32% increase in the number of pupils at Northumberland's eight maintained special schools.
Raleigh, NC: Schools also dealt with a 75 percent increase in student chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and food allergies from 2002-2015….
Dublin, Ireland: Ms Quinn explained how one in five children in Ireland suffer from asthma, some diagnosed, some not.
Presque Isle, ME: SAD 1 provides special education to 18.5 percent of its students, more than the state average of 16 percent and national average of 12 percent. … Wahoo, NE: “Currently at least 20 percent of our study body right now is special education,” she said.
Reno, NV: According to the Center for Disease Control, up to 1 in 5 children suffer from a mental health disorder.
Ridgefield, CT: Enrollment is anticipated to fall 74 students, from 4,912 this year to 4,838 in 2018-19.
Of the proposed $3,922,000 spending increase, $752,000 is for special education. …
Manchester, England: The number of children permanently excluded in the year to June rocketed 43pc - more than half of them pupils with special educational needs. …
Scotland: Figures from the Scottish Government in December revealed that 26.6 per cent of pupils have additional support needs, ranging from dyslexia, ADHD, and autism to behavioural and emotional problems. …
Norfolk, VA: Three to five children a day arrive in the hospital’s emergency room in need of a mental health evaluation, a number that has increased by 40 percent during the past four years, according to CHKD. …
National statistics are showing that 1-in-5 children need mental health services.
York, Ontario, Canada: When the term school violence is used, ...the discussion needs to revolve around the increasing incidents of student on teacher violence, Clegg explained.
In 2013-14 school year, 194 incidents were reported in York Region District School Board’s elementary schools, by the end of this school year, the ETFO York expects to have more than 1,000 incidents reported, nearly double what was reported last year.
Brookings, SD: It’s a start, he said, but more will be needed with a survey finding that as many as 22 percent of Brookings High School ninth-graders have contemplated suicide at one point.
New Haven, CT: … The proposal is $590,000, or 3.2 percent, higher than the current $18.4 million budget. Rising special education costs along with contractual obligations are the driving forces behind the increase, …
The other major factor responsible for driving the proposed increase is special education costs, which school officials said continue to soar. The district recently had an additional special needs student move to Derby, who required placement outside the school system. Educating just one student outside of Derby’s school walls can cost $80,000 to $100,000 in tuition, Izzo noted.
Tuition, in total next year, for special education students placed outside of Derby schools, is proposed at $2.2 million, an increase of 15 percent. ...
A total of $544,599 has also been budgeted for transportation for special education students, which is an increase of $43,000, or 8.6 percent. …
“Sixty-seven percent of the increase is for special education costs. ... It drives the budget,” Izzo said.
Keene, NH: The $282,291 budget increase is driven largely by rising special-education costs, according to budget numbers released by the school board.
just like these from the last twelve months.
Salem, OR: About one in five — 20 percent — youth nationwide are affected by some type of mental disorder to such an extent they have difficulty functioning, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Salem-Keizer Public School’s rate is even higher — closer to one in four of the district's nearly 42,000.
Students respond to mental health crises differently. But Moore has seen attacks involving punching, hitting, kicking and spitting on a regular basis. Some have destroyed property or choked peers and staff. Moore said about 5 percent, or 2,000 students, in the district engage in that extreme behavior. …
Here are Submission STATISTICS: endless statistics from dozens of stories just like the ones above, routinely reported on by unconcerned members of the press.
Here are SPECIAL ED PERCENTAGE: a look at the percent of students in special education in numbers ABOVE the national average of 13 percent, cited by local reporters with cheerful indifference.
This leads me to another quote about the media from an anonymous source: “The two most misguided notions held in America: Our government wouldn’t really do that to us; if they did, they would tell us about it on TV.”
They are telling us, and that’s part of the cover-up. We've been conditioned to believe that it's not as bad as it sounds or someone somewhere would be doing something--and they're not.
All these numbers should mean something to someone in authority, but sadly, they don’t. . We’ve been led to believe that there is oversight. Someone is in charge. We can go about our lives because other people are looking out for us.
"I understand that if they rile the conventional authorities, it causes problems for them, but I think they should have the courage to go ahead and anger them, for the sake of our children's health. Trump has acted courageously in other areas, I wish he would do so with regard to vaccines as well"
I wholeheartedly agree ... in my opinion .. there is no such thing as a "one size fits all vaccine" .. it is not only scientifically implausible .. it is also scientifically impossible. Which is exactly why a majority of the Supreme Court labeled them "unavoidably unsafe". Indeed, the best they can argue is the "benefits outweigh the risks" .. which means THEY consider those who suffer severe life-long, life-threatening reactions are considered expendable .. for the "greater good of protecting the herd".
However .. that argument will NEVER be allowed .. as we all know that "vaccines are miracles" .. end of all discussions. Hence all discussion seems to REQUIRE one identify as "pro-vaccine" at some level or run the risk of being forever smeared as an "anti-vaccine wacco".
Posted by: bob moffit | May 10, 2018 at 07:09 PM
I said last night that I should have given Trump more credit in my earlier comment: yes, Dr. Sears. Dr. Thomas, and many more have said that they recommend lower dose, fewer vaccines, and slower. As for whether I don't think they know the true scope of the problem, no, I don't. Dr. Wakefield used to recommend M, M, and R separated as being safer, but that doesn't mean safe, and he seems to have changed his views in the last few years, moving toward even fewer vaccines. Dr. Thomas has also evolved toward fewer or no vaccines. Dr. Sears said that if it were true that vaccines caused autism and autoimmune disease, then that would mean a vast rethinking of our strategy (words to that effect). And, of course, they do. Trump indicated that he thought it was all right for children to get all the recommended vaccines, although he also allowed choice, and I think that's crazy (the former). I think anyone getting that many vaccines and doses would be damaged. And many of those getting fewer. Barron is reported to have reacted to the MMR with autism, even though he was going the low and slow route. The MMR is bad news. Also the hep-B, pertussis vaccine, and flu vaccines, although all of them can be disabling. I understand that if they rile the conventional authorities, it causes problems for them, but I think they should have the courage to go ahead and anger them, for the sake of our children's health. Trump has acted courageously in other areas, I wish he would do so with regard to vaccines as well.
Posted by: cia parker | May 10, 2018 at 03:26 PM
"I remember Trump said that he saw syringes loaded for routine vaccines that had so much vaccine in them that they might have been meant for a horse. That that was completely inappropriate and dangerous to give to a baby. And I remember his saying that he recommended giving all the recommended vaccines, but slower and more spread out, so that they wound up with all of them. I was taken aback and disappointed when he said that, as it showed that he really didn't understand the scope of the problem, but again, I think doing this would reduce the number of severe reactions, although certainly not stop them."
I guess I didn't hear Trump make the comment about "loaded syringes" .. so I will accept your word he said it .. but .. in my opinion .. I suspect he did not mean it the way you understood it.
As for Trump "recommending giving all the recommended vaccines, but slower and more spread out, so they wound up with all of them"
Isn't that exactly what Bobby Kennedy Jr has ALWAYS recommended? Even Dr Wakefield recommended giving measles, mumps and ruebella in SINGLE injections .. meaning slower and more spreads out but still winding up with them all?
If I am correct regarding RFK self-admitted "pro-vaccine" and Dr Wakefield's suggestion to "spread the vaccines out" but "still give them" .. do you believe they too "don't understand the scope of the problem."?
Posted by: bob moffit | May 10, 2018 at 01:54 PM
I just found this: Of course Barron had a severe reaction, so I really don't know what Trump thinks about the issue now. The Slate article is blatant nonsense, of course.
"Here’s Trump, talking about his son Baron in 2007.
[W]e’ve taken him on a very slow process. He gets one shot at a time then we wait a few months and give him another shot, the old-fashioned way. But today they pump the children with so much at a very young age. We do it on a very, very conservative level."
"Furthermore, Trump’s claim that we “pump children with so much at a very young age” reflects a widely held concern that the current vaccine schedule can overwhelm a child’s immune system. This is nonsense. Yes, a vaccine exposes a child to a very small amount of a virus. Conservative estimates suggest that the infant immune system could likely respond to more than 10,000 vaccines in a single doctor’s visit. Put differently, vaccines occupy about 0.1 percent of an infant’s immune capacity. A baby encounters more microbes on its trip through the birth canal than from vaccines.
Trump’s most dangerous claim is that slow vaxxing is “conservative.” Conservatism is about avoiding unnecessary risk. But delaying vaccination introduces a lot of unnecessary risk."
Posted by: cia parker | May 10, 2018 at 09:44 AM
This was a Trump tweet from September 2, 2014: No more massive injections. Tiny children are not horses—one vaccine at a time, over time.
I know he also said that doing it slowly still resulted in the child's having gotten all the vaccines, which I guess he thought was a good thing.
6:29 AM - 3 Sep 2014
Posted by: cia parker | May 10, 2018 at 09:37 AM
I remember Trump said that he saw syringes loaded for routine vaccines that had so much vaccine in them that they might have been meant for a horse. That that was completely inappropriate and dangerous to give to a baby. And I remember his saying that he recommended giving all the recommended vaccines, but slower and more spread out, so that they wound up with all of them. I was taken aback and disappointed when he said that, as it showed that he really didn't understand the scope of the problem, but again, I think doing this would reduce the number of severe reactions, although certainly not stop them.
Posted by: cia parker | May 10, 2018 at 09:31 AM
Please note I have reposted the Swedish report now with an addendum.
Posted by: John Stone | May 10, 2018 at 06:45 AM
"I don’t specifically recall Trump talking about spreading vaccines out which is what some parents and doctors do - if they can - I remember him talking about smaller dosages."
I think Trump established his position by stating .. on more than one occasion in the primaries .. that children receive .. "too many, too soon" vaccines. That statement suggests at the very least .. "spreading vaccines out" over time. No?
Would welcome any statements you have of Trump "talking about smaller dosages".
Posted by: bob moffit | May 10, 2018 at 06:29 AM
Re the Swedish HPV study
Thank you for the explanation John
Quote from Journal publishing:-
"The author has said that he used a pseudonym because he believed the use of his real name would have invited personal repercussions from those opposed to any questioning of vaccines."
What a sad society we have become, when scientists who dare to publish anything which goes against establishment and mainstream mantras are scared to be named. These days, it's not just a fear of being 'Wakefielded', but genuine fears for personal safety too.
I hope AoA can re-establish the Swedish article and the comment thread.
Posted by: Jenny Allan | May 10, 2018 at 04:41 AM
An issue has arisen over the Swedish paper and I took the article down while we decided what to do. It turns out the author used a false identity, which is not helpful but in this season of medical establishment witch-hunts the sort of thing that might happen - the question being perhaps whether there is anything wrong with his data. Interestingly, the journal contrary to comments made by Eindecker, which I shall no doubt reply to as well, did not retract the paper (though I guess it might still happen) but published the following statement:
"The comment “Increased incidence of cervical cancer in Sweden: Possible link with HPV vaccination” was published in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics online on April 30, 2018. The author gave his name as Lars Andersson, in the department of physiology and pharmacology, Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden.
"On May 8, the KI informed us that its department of physiology and pharmacology did not have any person of this name and requested us to remove the name of the institution. So, on the same day a correction was carried out and the name of KI was removed and duly intimated to KI.
"Since then, we have investigated and learned the identity of the author. The author has said that he used a pseudonym because he believed the use of his real name would have invited personal repercussions from those opposed to any questioning of vaccines.
"This deception of the journal’s editors is unacceptable. The author could have asked the editors for confidentiality, giving the reasons. Editors may choose to publish articles without revealing the true name of the author, if it is determined that the circumstances justify it.
"However, we considered the matter and decided to keep the article on the site as the issues raised by it are important and discussion on it is in the public interest. The author’s true name is withheld at his request."
Jenny, you make a good point about the data in the new Cochrane publication not being a guide to the safety of the new vaccine: indeed it not a very good guide to the safety of the old vaccine which I have pointed out here and elsewhere.
Posted by: John Stone | May 10, 2018 at 04:24 AM
Completely off topic -but interesting . The AoA article on Swedish HPV vaccine concerns, appears to have been taken down. There was quite a lot of discussion in the comment section, which reported the latest Cochrane HPV vaccine review, published 09-05-18, which was widely publicised and used to provide reassurance on the safety and efficacy of HPV vaccines.
The article was removed shortly after I made a comment, pointing out the Cochrane review only used data collected from persons administered 2 and 4 valent HPV vaccines. The UK, and several other countries worldwide, now use the newer 9 valent HPV vaccine, in their vaccination schedules, and a review which does not include the 9-valent HPV vaccination, should not have been used to provide safety and other vaccine reassurance for the recipients of the 9 valent vaccine. The full Cochrane HPV review is linked below:-
Cochrane review of HPV 2&4valent vaccines published 9-05-18
Extracts from above:-
"Randomised controlled trials comparing efficacy and safety in females offered HPV vaccines with placebo (vaccine adjuvants or another control vaccine)."
The risk of serious adverse events is similar in HPV and control vaccines (placebo or vaccine against another infection than HPV (high certainty). The rate of death is similar overall (11/10,000 in control group, 14/10,000 in HPV vaccine group) (low certainty). "
"All but one of the trials was funded by the vaccine manufacturers. We judged most included trials to be at low risk of bias. Studies involved monovalent (N = 1), bivalent (N = 18), and quadrivalent vaccines (N = 7). Most women were under 26 years of age. Three trials recruited women aged 25 and over. We summarize the effects of vaccines in participants who had at least one immunisation."
"Longer-term follow-up is needed to assess the impact on cervical cancer. The vaccines do not increase the risk of serious adverse events, miscarriage or pregnancy termination. There are limited data from trials on the effect of vaccines on deaths, stillbirth and babies born with malformations."
Note the review was 100% funded by the vaccine manufacturers and that the control groups were given a placebo or another vaccine -NOT very scientific-controls are ALL supposed to receive a placebo.
Frederic Chopin on another thread says (sarcastically) we get 'science' on AoA. Yes indeed, but we discuss the science which mainstream and establishment sources would prefer to 'spin' or suppress, and we enjoy a good argument. Over to you Fred. Will this inconvenient comment be 'taken down'? I hope not.
Posted by: Jenny Allan | May 10, 2018 at 03:21 AM
I don’t specifically recall Trump talking about spreading vaccines out which is what some parents and doctors do - if they can - I remember him talking about smaller dosages. Well, presently of course, infants are given multiple dosages of most vaccines because one is not considered enough, so the suggestion does not seem to be particularly apposite - just something he’s come out with off the top of his head.
Posted by: John Stone | May 10, 2018 at 02:31 AM
I was thinking. Trump's desire to reduce vaccine dosages and spread them out, while it wouldn't solve all the problems caused by vaccines, would doubtless help. A lot of people have said that it's very dangerous to give vaccine dosages in a one-size-fits-all way, same dose for a 200-pound adult as for a newborn. And several pediatricians say that they have had no autism or severe vaccine damage in those patients who follow their reduced or spread out schedules. I'm sorry I didn't give him more credit earlier today.
Posted by: cia parker | May 09, 2018 at 11:32 PM
susan welch: You are correct that often in history the oppressed rise up and overthrow evil. This is why I'm certain it's going to get ugly. As John Stone says, and he is right on the money, our governments have become repressive, unaccountable dictatorships. They have also become immensely powerful. Under Dubya and Obama the police have become militarized, with the latest military hardware. I once thought the fairy tale we learned in school was true, but watching the California Legislature in action made the scales fall from my eyes. With a few exceptions, such as State Senator Connie Leyva, they paid no heed whatsoever to the many hundreds of parents who told the truth. In the very first hearing, when the bill could have been killed and several committee members were wavering, Senator Ben Allen, the co-author with Senator Pan of SB277, stood adjacent to two pharma lobbyists conferring. When it appeared the (Health) committee might not approve it, Senator Allen went up to the wavering members and whispered in their ears. Senator Liu, the Chair, asked Senator Pan if he wished to postpone the vote until the following week. Pan turned around to ask the lobbyists what to do. They all agreed. The fix was in. I was there, and it made me want to vomit. So no, the official story we've been told on most everything is a lie. Governments exist to protect the assets of the very wealthy, and to Hell with the mere peons. We do not have health care, because conventional Medicine has no interest in root causes; no money is to be made from cures. Nor do we have security. Security comes from the strength of the family and community, and governments are rapidly eroding the rights of parents. The only two things which give me hope for our country are the pending new HHS OCR rules for religious exemptions (even we agnostics are religious in our own way), and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz' forthcoming report concerning the rot in the DOJ and FBI. There are still plenty of honorable people, even in positions of power, and some have the guts to do what is right.
Posted by: Gary Ogden | May 09, 2018 at 07:30 PM
I agree that Trump was naïve on vaccines. I'm sure he knows that if you're allergic to a substance, the tiniest amount of it is enough to spark an extreme reaction, but he hasn't put it together as applying to vaccines as well.
On foreign policy, I think we really needed someone like him, more practical. A breath of fresh air to say Why should we give billions to terrorists, billions to those who are constantly shouting Death to America! To say that it had been a law on the books for thirty years that we were going to move our embassy to Jerusalem, so why not just do it now? Even if everyone else is behaving foolishly, I think we need someone to say Wait a minute, how does it serve our purposes to spend taxpayer dollars this way? Fifty years now, and the global situation is much worse now than it was before we started this badly-thought-out policy.
Posted by: cia parker | May 09, 2018 at 04:30 PM
"His answer to vaccine damage was to have smaller vaccines - well, no one else suggested that."
It must be me .. but .. there are many in our community .. such as .. Bobby Kennedy .. who begin every discussion by proclaiming themselves .. "pro-vaccine" .. indeed proud to admit they fully vaccinated their children. Didn't Dr Wakefield make the exact same argument .. single doses rather than the MMR? Am I wrong here?
"The fact that he had not apparently mastered the case - did not know how to ask the difficult questions - must have left him on the defensive with his officials. That you could see coming."
I don't think Trump ever suggested he has "mastered the case" .. but .. isn't that precisely why .. as reported .. he invited Dr Wakefield, Bobby Kennedy and Mark Blaxill into discussions? I don't know about you .. but I neither expect nor want Trump to ask the "difficult questions" to his officials .. I want those questions asked by the people that have "mastered the case" .. in other words his surrogates .. thereby forcing "his officials" to respond to people who have "mastered the case".
Posted by: bob moffit | May 09, 2018 at 03:49 PM
I absolutely appreciate the point that the fact that Trump was not one of them was what most qualified him for the role. But I also felt his pronouncements on global policy were naive - there are many occasions when without necessarily compromising it is better not to insult people. In fact his pronouncements on vaccines were naive - his basic perception about them was right but he fell short on mastering the facts. His answer to vaccine damage was to have smaller vaccines - well, no one else suggested that. The fact that he had not apparently mastered the case - did not know how to ask the difficult questions - must have left him on the defensive with his officials. That you could see coming.
Posted by: John Stone | May 09, 2018 at 02:53 PM
"I recall Kissinger being interviewed on election night 2016 and saying that it was a fantasy that President Trump could do anything he liked, and that he would have to move in consultation with all the offices of state. And in a sense - much though I deplore Kissinger - it was reassuring because it was evident that Trump knew zero about running a country."
Just curious ... can you give me one example that Trump knew zero about running a country? I can only speak for myself .. but .. it was precisely because Trump was NOT ONE OF those who have been "running the country" my entire life.
Posted by: bob moffit | May 09, 2018 at 02:18 PM
Dont forget Fast Eddy Jenner... .-whose alleged celeb relations making sure the lying merits of vaccination are still upheld to this day..
Pharma For Prison
Posted by: Angus Files | May 09, 2018 at 07:30 AM
John, and Susan. The trouble is, that the numbers of autistic people even as recorded now, even if it was 1 in 36, do not include people like myself and most of my family (and those are only the ones I know well enough to judge), who have been rendered passive and incapable of arguing let alone rebelling against those in power. There's a focus especially on AoA on the badly behaved autistic sufferers, and little awareness of the opposite type, many of whom won't even have a diagnosis, but who have indeed been injured by vaccines. Much though I have huge compassion for the former sufferers, my greater concern for society as a whole is because of the latter.
Posted by: Grace Green | May 09, 2018 at 07:15 AM
I recall Kissinger being interviewed on election night 2016 and saying that it was a fantasy that President Trump could do anything he liked, and that he would have to move in consultation with all the offices of state. And in a sense - much though I deplore Kissinger - it was reassuring because it was evident that Trump knew zero about running a country. Not, of course, re-assuring if it just means the machine ploughs on regardless: by this stage the machine of government is a fiercely repressive, anti-democratic, dictatorial instrument - and it has become completely unaccountable.
When autism is 1 in 1 it will still be better recognition.
Posted by: John Stone | May 09, 2018 at 06:18 AM
Gary Ogden. Your comments are fascinating. In view of what you say the situation is (which I have no trouble believing), I would be interested to hear your views on how many children have to be injured before the general public start fighting back. Will it really have to be 1:2?
If history is anything to go by, the 'underdogs' do eventually rise up and fight the enemy.
Posted by: susan welch | May 09, 2018 at 05:10 AM
@4Bobby and Annie. True, watching Insel was pretty darn bad. I sneakily didn't mention he was in it because I thought no one would watch it if they knew. Well at least it wasn't Dr. Pan.
Posted by: Person | May 08, 2018 at 10:27 PM
Aimee Doyle: You always have something thoughtful to say. I think you're correct that some of our elected representatives are decent people; actually, I think most of them are. The problem is, they are not in charge. The national security state is. Read David Talbot's excellent "The Devil's Chessboard" to understand why all political leaders are scared to death of these faceless people with a hidden budget (estimated at $1 trillion) since the palace coup on November 22, 1963. Also read John Rappaport. Both Obama and Trump completely reversed their campaign positions on foreign policy issues once they had "the briefing." By the way, the term "conspiracy theorist" was invented by the CIA to paint those who questioned the Warren Commission report as loonies. Also read what Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth have to say. They are not loonies. These are professionals who see that the official narrative cannot possibly be true.
Posted by: Gary Ogden | May 08, 2018 at 09:08 PM
The documentary you mentioned was excellent, although disturbing. I recommend it as well. Of course one has to sit through comments from Tom Insel, who is unfortunately part of the problem...
Posted by: 4Bobby | May 08, 2018 at 07:09 PM
While I agree that making the public aware of the struggles ASD families go through, I find Tom Insel's participation in the documentary A Dangerous Son akin to Eric Schniderman prosecuting Harvey Weinstein.
Posted by: annie | May 08, 2018 at 04:44 PM
Anne - perhaps you've done this.
But if not, I'm curious, and a bit surprised that no one has contacted these reporters and asked the followup question - why?
I wonder if a collection of these kinds of stories, say from one state, would be persuasive, or at least worrisome to one or more of the elected representatives from that state.
I know many on this thread are disillusioned with the idea of "representative government" but I do think some of the people we have elected are decent human beings. Maybe no one as connected the dots for them. Perhaps I'm being hopelessly naive...
Posted by: Aimee Doyle | May 08, 2018 at 04:35 PM
Red Pill A.O.A. No app needed for the truth.
Pharma For Prison
Posted by: Angus Files | May 08, 2018 at 03:02 PM
The last two doctors my son has seen use the "Up To Date" app. Consequently, my concerns about immune dysfunction were brushed away - with the doctors bragging "see I use Up To Date, it incorporates all the current research." The owner of the app's motto is "AI in the Legal Space" It is a numbers game alright and it is rigged so our sons' immune systems will not be evaluated. I am assuming AI stands for artificial intelligence - which is an apt description.
Posted by: Beleaguered Autism Mom | May 08, 2018 at 01:42 PM
Will a united Germany order Mandatory Vaccination on its people ? IG Farben ?
They plan to take away EU choice- Ever heard of Nuremberg anyone ?
Key high-level meetings are being held in secret.
Storm clouds are gathering…
First the solution—leave the European Union. Do it soon. Don’t knuckle under.
Europe is moving closer to mandatory vaccination. The drive is spearheaded by a collaboration between the European Union (EU) and Big Pharma companies.
Many citizens of EU member countries aren’t even aware of what is happening. Key high-level meetings are being held in secret.
Those who are aware, and object to what is on the planning table, are being ignored.
Posted by: Hans Litten | May 08, 2018 at 01:33 PM
@Grace. No, these are three cases of severely disturbed boys and the lack of resources to treat them. The most noticeable thing to me was the stark depiction of how hard the families especially mothers have to struggle to get any help. I think it educates the general public about what it is like to cope day to day with severe neurological behavior disturbance. It doesn't have anything at all about biomed intervention such as chelation, diet or supplements which is unfortunate as even some improvement would help these kids/families tremendously.
Posted by: Person | May 08, 2018 at 01:01 PM
Person, thanks for that recommendation - I might look for that. The title is a little bit alarming though, and I hope it doesn't fit the attitude that Aspies are just badly behaved. For the record, my two sons were delightful toddlers, charming teenagers, and devoted sons to this day!
Posted by: Grace Green | May 08, 2018 at 11:34 AM
Posted by: John Stone | May 08, 2018 at 07:48 AM
Sad to say but we (the general public and more importantly our children) have been the subject of Randomised Uncontrolled Trials over the last 30+ years (RUnTs as and an abbreviation perhaps).
Posted by: Hans Litten | May 08, 2018 at 11:12 AM
Just want to recommend the new documentary out on HBO called The Dangerous Son about parents with adolescent boys--I think two have ASD diagnoses--trying to get treatment. It really shows what the mothers are going through. Worth watching!
Posted by: Person | May 08, 2018 at 11:01 AM
Further comment from Aaby et al today
"Dr. Knol and colleagues suggest that non-specific effects and healthy vaccinee bias cannot be disentangled in observational studies, and recommend RCTs to obtain definite answers. The fact that DTaP-IPV-Hib-4+PCV and MMR+MenC are followed by different morbidity patterns is in itself an indication that these vaccines have differential non-specific effects (not differential healthy vaccinee bias), though we may not find the “true” magnitude of this effect in an observational study. The likelihood that anyone will get funding and permission to conduct RCTs of different sequences of vaccinations is limited. Hence, it is important that we collect as much information as possible from observational studies to justify at least some RCTs. We therefore hope that the Dutch groups will provide their estimates for DTaP-IPV-Hib-4+PCV after MMR+MenC by disease group for all admissions and admissions>1 day."
Posted by: John Stone | May 08, 2018 at 07:48 AM
I still struggle to find a smidgen of the oath first do no harm when looking at quacks and vaccines.
As is said,
` the safest vaccine is one that is never used`.
my favorite quote from films just now is Clint Eastwood and it just nails the pro-vaccine operation..
Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge:
"What do you think of this operation, Gunny?"
Pharma For Prison
Posted by: Angus Files | May 08, 2018 at 07:41 AM
I think we are close to the tipping point.
When the likes of Peter Aaby finally speak out like they have done (& feel safe enough to speak out).
It has to be close to game over for the Offit-Gerberding-Boyle axis of evil .
Posted by: Hans Litten | May 08, 2018 at 07:11 AM
Unfortunately .. the public .. in poll after poll for the last two decades at least .. has lost all confidence or trust in most institutions in our country today .. with the media and politicians sharing well-deserved lowest levels of trust and confidence.
That we no longer trust or have confidence in main-stream media is frightening .. but .. hopefully our "free market expression of ideas and information" grows every day .. and .. the once all powerful influence of the main-stream media in the court of public opinion .. will become less and less of a factor upon which the people will rely upon.
Even today .. it is no where near as powerful as it once was with just three major television networks .. where nightly anchors like Cronkite, Brokaw and Donaldson presided unopposed within the court of public opinion.
Posted by: bob moffit | May 08, 2018 at 06:58 AM
Gerberding has Blood on Her Hands (BusinessWoman of the Year 2018)
Gerberding is culpable in the autism crisis (she has blood on her hands), and daily she is responsible for the millions of children and adults (in the U.S. and worldwide) who will suffer from some type of vaccine injury.
I’ll have to admit, I don’t normally do protests, but this injustice hit me at my core.
We have nicknamed Gerberding “Cruella” after Cruella DeVil from 101 Dalmatians (due to the obvious likeness; what is with that big white forelock, anyway).
But I would contest, why, with this comparison, would we be so cruel to this Disney character? Sure, she wanted to kill puppies, and that’s bad.
How much worse is a generation killed, stolen from, and destroyed by the woman who saw her charge at the CDC with the dollar signs of her future position in large pharma.
How much is a soul worth? Evidently, it is worth $4 million in stock options from Merck!
JULIE GERBERDING, DR., CDC DIRECTOR: “Well, you know, I don’t have all the facts because I still haven’t been able to review the case files myself. But my understanding is that the child has a — what we think is a rare mitochondrial disorder. And children that have this disease, anything that stresses them creates a situation where their cells just can’t make enough energy to keep their brains functioning normally. Now, we all know that vaccines can occasionally cause fevers in kids. So if a child was immunized, got a fever, had other complications from the vaccines. And if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.”
Posted by: Hans Litten | May 08, 2018 at 06:36 AM