Turns Out It's a Summer of Severe Illness and Death

President Biden Winter of deathIf you read entertainment and sports news sites, it seems that it's celebs and sports stars who are being overwhelmed, collapsing and some are dying "suddenly."  "Suddenly" used to be a euphemism for suicide. "After a long illness" implied cancer. With less stigma than in the past, suicides and cancer deaths are more readily described in newspaper reports.  US Magazine just posted and article about celebrity deaths.

Just yesterday, 32 year old Canadian comedian Nick Nemeroff died suddenly in his sleep. He had made a joke about Ivermectin on Christmas Eve, with a bandaid on his arm. Danny "I will shake your foundation" (Partridge) Bonaduce has  been stricken with a mystery illness that has left him unable to speak or walk properly. Kourtney Kardashian's husband Travis Barker was rushed to Cedars Sinai from a smaller LA hospital. Justin Bieber has a disfigured face due to Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (a rare side effect of the Covid vaccine), and his beautiful young wife Hailey had a stroke.

Correlation does not equal causation. We're not making light of any of these deaths or illnesses. I'd like to see life insurance actuarial reports for the last several years. Have there been more deaths among people under 60, have the statistics changed? Insurers bet that you will NOT die, while you pay your premiums. Payouts are a problem.

Age of Autism focuses on autism, but we branch into many topics. Now that babies as young as 6 months can be vaccinated for Covid, it behooves us to keep an open mind and hopeful hearts that we won't see an increase in infant heart problems and worse.

1967 was The Summer of Love.  And 2022?




Special Education Crisis in the British Isles

Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

As anyone looking at LossOfBrainTrust can see, the majority of my stories are from Britain and Ireland currently. Things are in crisis all over the British Isles. Everywhere there’s more funding for special education. Counties are building their own special schools, specifically ones for kids with autism.

Official evaluations show schools are failing miserably when it comes to addressing the needs of those in special education. Story after story features special needs kids without a school place for this fall. Children wait years just for an evaluation to be classified as needing special help in school.

The phrase “increasing demand” is a regular feature in news coverage on special education in both Ireland and Britain.

What do these stories tell us? Simple, there are more and more disabled children in these countries. It’s not a secret. They keep telling us about it.

Bedfordshire:

“That’s more than 6,000 children in our mainstream schools on stage two of the SEND code of practice and around 3,000 with EHCPs….

CBC’s director of children services Sarah-Jane Smedmor said: “We’ve seen that demand for EHCPs double in the last few years. So it’s inevitable we need to ensure we meet the needs of our children individually.

Also from Bedfordshire:

Parents to protest lack of special ed services.

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British Drug Regulator (MHRA) Develops, Manufactures and Sells Its Own Biological Products Including Vaccines

John Stone UK ColumnBy John Stone

(UPDATE) It is disturbing to have confirmed by Megan Redshaw’s article in The Defender  yesterday  (June 27) that it will be the Gates/WHO/MHRA polio vaccine which is being rolled out in the UK which according to Dr Mark Bailey is not “proved” or in layman’s language “experimental”. Obviously, the Salk oral polio vaccine has not been in use for many years and his comparison is misleading and inappropriate , and we do not know why this product is preferred to the standard inactivated product (IPV).

This is a follow on to a UK Column Report last week with excellent analysis by retired nurse Debi Evans and News anchor Brian Gerrish which focused on the board meeting of the MHRA of Tuesday June 21. There were many disturbing features in the report which runs from 1.06.50 on the link, but one really surprising fact which emerged - and I have been following the MHRA closely since at least 2004 - is that they combine purported role as a regulator of the biologics industry with developing its own biological products and trading with the industry: this happens through its subsidiary since 2013 the National Institute of Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) though it’s  not immediately clear how long NIBSC has traded its own biological products.

Of particular relevance is that coincidentally with this meeting a new polio scare was being launched in the UK - no one as of this present time has been diagnosed with polio but polio has been detected in a North East London sewer. It is therefore fascinating to follow the conversation (which I have transcribed as best I can) between to the interim director of NIBSC, Mark Bailey, and Stephen Lightfoot, Chairman of MHRA (at 1.22.18):

Bailey:

Significant investment by NIBSC and also its partners the Gates foundation and of course its part of   the WHO lab in (indecipherable) and of course basically premiere eradication. There are three strains of polio and the team at NIBSC developed three different vaccines. It happens that strain two is the one that has been deployed most in clinical trials in Africa and it's listed product by the WHO which mean it can be used in emergency situations even though it is not proved. We are now moving to clinical trials with the other two strains as well, so it's very exciting: it's a huge huge combination: its effect is that this vaccine cannot revert. So the Salk vaccine which was used with most of us as kids there was always a low chance of it reverting back to wild type which means things like polio begins to appear in the population. This is a great leap forward here because it can't revert so basically its much safer.

Lightfoot:

Again I think this is a great example of how the MHRA is different from other regulators around the world because we have NIBSC or National Institute for Biological Standards and Control where do some basic looking at fundamental research and this is a good example of the work that we are doing in that area and the public health benefit it can have internationally and not just in the UK  so I think actually as regulator we've got some really important you know constituent parts that actually make us a very strong and capable organisation.

The reality of this is if the MHRA ever was functionally a “regulator” it has abandoned this role to facilitate business, it even trades with industry in Coronavirus spike-protein. This was emphasised in an earlier UK Column report when MHRA CEO June Raine excruciatingly discussed transforming the MHRA in 2020 from being “a regulator to an enabler” (at 47.30). And of course it is a whole different level of concern if the MHRA not only received research funding from the Gates Foundation as has previously been identified but is actually in business with them (and the WHO). Of course, the pretext was that there was an emergency and this was in the most formal bureaucratic terms an outright lie.

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Pickles, Pretzels and Pop Tarts

Snack graphicBy Cathy Jameson

An FB memory from 2010 had me smiling last week:  I love Ronan more than the last bread and butter pickle left in the house.  Usually he gobbles them up.  Happily, he turned it down so I could eat it.  I could eat those tasty treats all day long.

Ironically, that memory popped up the day after I again had the last bread and butter pickle.  I didn’t offer that last one to Ronan though.  I didn’t want to share it.  I wanted it all for myself.  I don’t usually do that; but that one night when I wanted just a little peace and quiet, I ate that last pickle. 

And I enjoyed it. 

The next day, after reading that memory, I could’ve felt stabs of regret for not sharing.  But I didn’t.  That’s because I had a brand new bottle of pickles ready for Ronan.  Seeing the new jar in the pantry reminded me of a shopping trip he and I took many years ago.  Outings these days aren’t always successful for him, but that day all those years ago, with tons of patience and great communication, it was one of his best days…

From another memory, written and shared with family, back in the spring of 2015…Enjoy!

Ronan continues to be on a modified school schedule.  Lacking energy to sustain a full academic day, he only attends a few hours of school each week.  Since starting the modified schedule, I’ve had to do a lot of juggling.  Finding someone to watch Ronan during the day doesn’t always work out, so he ends up accompanying me wherever I need to go. 

Errands are harder. 

Getting to appointments takes longer.

Meetings take careful planning.  

Since we’re always hoping Ronan will gain more independence, I welcome the opportunity to bring him with me.  Most of the time, it works out well having Ronan tagalong to places he normally wouldn't go.  He gets to see his community during regular business hours.  He gets to learn and master new skills.  He gets to interact with people and they with him.  

As much as I’d rather he could have the energy to be at school learning, he’s been able to learn valuable lessons when we go out.  Some simple things he’s had to learn over the last year include:

-Learning how to walk calmly to the car when prompted (instead of acting out because he wanted to stay home and watch more YouTube videos).

-Staying buckled in the car seat (instead of attempting to wiggle out because we didn’t get more French fries).

-Keeping shoes (and clothes) on while we shop (instead of taking them off when things didn’t go as planned).

-Keeping shoes on while we’re in the car (instead of throwing them at Mommy while she’s driving).

-Resisting a meltdown and remaining calm (instead of thrashing about on the floor as has happened before). 

-Using appropriate communication (instead of pulling Mommy’s hair when we went down the “wrong” grocery store aisle).

Being able to learn those simple things has helped when we go out and about, but Ronan still has lots yet to learn.  I do as well.  I need to plan my time better so that I’m not rushing Ronan into situations he’s not comfortable.  I need to prepare the environment better as well as prepare those who will interact with Ronan.  For instance, when Ronan must accompany me to a doctor’s appointment that I’ve scheduled for myself, I should remember to show Ronan a picture of where we’re going or at least drive by the place with him one time before we actually need to go in it.  I should also let the provider know that my visit may take a few minutes longer than usual.  That’s because Ronan’s curiosity, as well as his anxiety and his sensory issues, can prevent a smooth transition into (or out of) the parking lot…the waiting room…the exam room…or meeting room that we’re going into.  I need to remember that sometimes things will take longer.  That things won't go as planned. That we are that try, try, try, try one more time family.  I also need to remember one more thing.

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Required Viewing - Like It's 1974

Free_to_Be..._You_and_Me_(album_cover)A year ago, Americans lost their jobs and their right to attend restaurants, concerts, sporting events and other activities if they did NOT choose the Covid vaccine.  Americans did not have the right to say no, which is a choice. Yesterday, we had another version of change in choice with the SCOTUS decision on Roe v. Wade. The right to say yes was affected. The divisions between Americans are growing by the minute. Up is down. Left is right. Right is middle. Middle is long gone. Imagine my surprise when my daughter started listening to a single song on YouTube, a song I hadn't heard in many years. Free To Be You and Me. The song debuted with a book and full album in 1974 as a way to bring Americans TOGETHER in understanding and acceptance. Back in those days, the topics were "simpler." Black, white, boys and girls. End racism. End sexism. Seems quaint by today's complicated standards. But I think that Free To Be You And Me has more value then ever. As a look back, it shows we could and did make progress. As a look today, it shows we still need more. One group near and dear to our hearts, has been left behind in the society of free choice - those who chose not and/or are unable to vaccinate per the CDC guidelines. If medical choice matters, it has to matter from all sides, does it not?  If you've never watched Free to Be You And Me - or listened to the lyrics of each star-studded song, I encourage you to take trip back to 1974.

Free to Be... You and Me is a children's entertainment project, conceived, created and executive-produced by actress and author Marlo Thomas. Produced in collaboration with the Ms. Foundation for Women,[1] it was a record album and illustrated book first released in November 1972 featuring songs and stories sung or told by celebrities of the day (credited as "Marlo Thomas and Friends") including Alan Alda, Rosey Grier, Cicely Tyson, Carol Channing, Michael Jackson, Roberta Flack, Shirley Jones, Jack Cassidy, and Diana Ross. An ABC television special, also created by Thomas, using poetry, songs, and sketches, followed two years later in March 1974. The basic concept was to encourage post-1960s gender neutrality, saluting values such as individuality, tolerance, and comfort with one's identity. A major thematic message is that anyone—whether a boy or a girl—can achieve anything.




Action Alert: Let People with Disabilities on SSI Have $10,000 in Assets

Action alertNote: Below is an action alert from the ARC, and it's super important for those of us whose children are adults on SSI - Supplemental Security Income.  Since 1989, the asset limit has been $2000. There's a bill to increase that to $10,000 so that individuals like my own daughters can have some money set aside for emergencies. No one can live on SSI - certainly not in 2022. And everyone needs an emergency fund. Parents have been supplementing SSI forever. My daughters couldn't live here in Connecticut and pay rent, utilities, food, clothing, etc. even with their COMBINED SSI.  They live with me, their unpaid Group Home Manager and 3 shift support staff.  Uncle Sam is USING parents to foot the bill. And telling them they CAN NOT save a dime over $2000 for their future needs.

CLICK HERE TO SEND THE ALERT

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Tell Congress: Support the SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act NOW!

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides critical support for millions of people with disabilities to be able to afford necessities like food and rent. But it has many rules that make it hard for people to save money and get out of poverty. SSI has an asset limit that has not been updated since 1989. Assets include money in bank accounts, retirement accounts, and savings. Right now, people who get SSI can only have $2,000 in assets. Married couples can only have $3,000.

These asset limits mean that people cannot save money and force people with disabilities into poverty.

TAKE ACTION: Urge your U.S Senators to support people with disabilities and their families by cosponsoring the bipartisan SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act (S.4102) which would raise these asset limits.


Autism Woke: The Pie in the Sky Failure of The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

Fish needs a bicycleYou couldn't design a worse system than anything launched by Autism Speaks. The Autism Treatment Network is, as  my dear old Dad used to say, "Like the sleeves off their vest." Or my favorite, "Like a fish needs a bicycle." Useless.  Katie Wright details the travesty - well funded, back pats galore, fully employed professionals, University cred, all while individuals suffer and families slip deeper into debt, despair and doubt.

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 The Autism Speaks Treatment Network is an embarrassment.

In twelve years of its existence, ATN received tens of millions of taxpayer dollars and accomplished virtually nothing. ATN gives new meaning to setting a low bar in autism research.We know how low the bar is, so that's quite an accomplishment!  Autism Speaks and the NIH should cease funding wasteful project immediately.

ATN was founded because autism families were having an impossible time finding medical care for their children. This is especially true regarding ASD kids with GI problems. In the waiting room of Christian’s pediatric GI, I regularly meet parents from PA, OH, MD and other far away states. It should not be so difficult to find a GI who knows how to treat our kids.

The NIH has yet to fund 1 ASD/GI clinical treatment study. ATN was created to fill that gap. They were supposed to do urgently needed medical treatment research. Treatment research, not just addressing GI problems, but autoimmune conditions, PANDAS, intractable seizures, etc…..

However none of that happened. The director of ATN for twelve years, is, incredibly, a speech therapist! That says everything you need to know about ATN’s commitment to helping medically affected autistic kids. The vast majority of ATN research is redundant, dated or useless, telling us what we already know.

For 12 yrs ATN has researched ASD sleep problems behaviorally only!! This is inhumane. A friend took her son to their Vanderbilt sleep clinic and, of course, none of ATN’s “treatments,” basically sleep hygiene, worked.

When behavioral interventions don’t work for night wakefulness you must immediately look into biological causation of sleeplessness. In my son’s cause it was an overgrowth of candida causing the sleep problems. The rashes are a giveaway. Elimination of sugar, simple carbs and a round of antifungals stopped this seemingly intractable problem. This problem was destroying my family. We had not sleep through the night for years. Other families should no longer be suffering this fate.

ATN’s GI research is basically give the kid Miralax! Ok, we did that in 2000! Since then we have learned that Miralax is incredibly toxic and should not be given to anyone under the age of 17! CHOP did a study exposing the fact that Miralax contains an excessive amount of arsenic!

These are just some of the ridiculous ATN research you have financed:

1)         Causes of obesity in ASD kids. Guess what?? Bad food and lack of exercise!!

2)         Relationship between GI problems and stress! Yes! They are related!

3)         Association of repetitive behavior and sleeplessness. Helping no one and telling us what we already know.

4)         Communication deficits often associated with motor system deficits. Once again, research helping no one leading to nothing.

5)         Creatine deficiency in ASD kids. This was established almost 20 yrs ago.

6)         Parents of ASD kids suffer from chronic stress!! And grass is green!

7)         Caregiver education level and ASD child with sleep issues. I find this just plain insulting,

8)         Decreased Sound tolerance in ASD kids. NO!! Shocking

9)         Medical care and associations with depression. Who isn’t depressed when they need medical help?

11)       Walking! Walking is a possible option for promoting exercise in obese ASD people. I mean, can you even believe this??

12)       Sex differences in repetitive behavior. Families have really been clamoring for this one!

13)       Behavior impairments can be caused by sleep problems. Yes, they ARE related!

14)       Hand-writing problems in autism. A top priority in autism community!

I’ll tell you what ATN did not study- treatment for GI disease, treatment for PANDAS, treatment for immune deficiencies (IVIG), intractable seizures and CBD, food allergies (a large % of ASD kids have undx celiac or gluten intolerance conditions).

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53 Years of Knowledge: Vaccination and Chronic Disease

Truthfyl gentle fearlessImagine if doctors around the world acknowledged and fought to end vaccine injury. Wouldn't that be something? Instead, they actively work to deny and gaslight patients and their families.  Start paying attention to obituaries and articles about young people, including children, dying of natural causes and "peacefully." Dr. Moskowitz is truthful, gentle (I've had the privilege of meeting him) and fearless.

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You can find a .pdf of this post here. Download Dr Richard Moskowitz Vaccination and Chronic Disease  Dr. Moskowitz meticulously formatted and cited his article, however, the blog platform is not always kind to formatting. I encourage you to read the .pdf.  Thank you.

By Richard Moskowitz, M. D.

In my 53 years as a family doctor, I cared for a large number of children who were adversely affected by many different vaccinations, with diagnoses as varied as an average pediatric practice.  Yet they all reacted in closely similar fashion, hinting at something important in the nature of chronic disease, the great riddle that has confounded physicians since the earliest times.  My plan is to begin with a summary of my own clinical experience, together with pertinent findings in the scientific literature, and then explore the questions it raises about chronicity itself, a dysfunction that somehow manages to insinuate itself into our everyday physiology, achieves in effect a new "normal" of healthy and diseased modes co-existing side-by-side in place of the old, and resists cure by perpetuating itself over the lifetime.  With all that in mind, I'll finish with the COVID to bring everything up date, followed by a brief epilogue on the special vantage point of clinical practice.

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Chronic disease is everywhere.

Always a troubling enigma to physicians, chronic diseases have become so prevalent in in recent decades that they now command a preponderance of the time, space, and energy of most practicing physicians in the United States and the developed world.  As far back as 2008, the CDC surveyed the incidence of six prominent types in the United States -- diabetes, cardiovascular disease, COPD, asthma, cancer, and arthritis -- and found that

60% of all adults had been diagnosed with 1 or more of them, as had

78% of those 55 and older, and

85.6% of those 65 and older,

and that

40% of all adults had been diagnosed with 2 or more, as had

47% of those 55 and older, and

56% of those 65 and older.1

Since then, the fractions of our population affected by the most common ones have been estimated as follows, taking them one by one:

asthma, COPD, and chronic lung disease - 15% of all adults2,3                
arthritis - 23% of all adults4
hypertension - 33% of all adults, 76% of ages 75-845          
obesity - 42% of all adults6                 
diabetes - 10% of all adults7                 
chronic kidney disease - 15% of all adults8                              
dementia - 14% by age 719                                  
some form of cancer - 50% of males and 33% of females at some point in their lifetime10  

Although these figures have been steadily increasing throughout the industrialized world, the United States leads all other countries by a considerable margin, with by far the lowest life expectancy, despite spending the most per capita on health care.11

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The Cruel Summer of 2022

Diving board
Happy first day of summer. As early as today, parents will feel the pressure from their pediatricians to give the Covid vaccine(s) to their babies as young as 6 months old. Popsicles.  Sandcastles. Swim lessons and high dive test jumps. But is there any water in the pool?  


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The FDA has authorized Covid-19 vaccines for children under 5. What should parents know?

The US Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization on Friday for both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for young children. Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously on Saturday in support of giving babies and other kids as young as 6 months a Covid-19 vaccination.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on the plan, clearing the way for the vaccinations to be administered as early as next week.

Parents may be reluctant to actually get them when they become available, an April survey found. Just 18% of parents of children under 5 said they would vaccinate their child against Covid-19 as soon as a vaccine became available, according to an April Kaiser Family Foundation Vaccine Monitor survey.

Nearly 40% of those surveyed said they would "wait and see" before vaccinating their young children, 11% said they would get the vaccine for their kids only if required, and 27% said they would "definitely not" get the Covid-19 vaccination for their child.


The Explosion in Special Education is Autism

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Parents & Schools Pay the Bill

Note: We're seeing the result of normalizing autism over the last 25 years. From a diagnosis to a difference.  From awareness and action to acceptance and acquiescence. Autism has been scooted over to something in the sexual category.  The "approved" symbol is a rainbow infinity loop.  The rainbow has one meaning today and it's not Oz. The red, blue, yellow puzzle piece is considered discriminatory. Schools are overwhelmed with special education students, and severely behavioral students. It's not that teachers can't teach all of a sudden. The raw material, the kids, are not of the same neurological status, meaning quality. Tomorrow, it will start to get much worse. It's Covid vaccine day starting at 6 months. I hope we're still here in 6 years when that cohort starts school, the ones who live.

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By Anne Dachel

IT’S REALLY ALL ABOUT AUTISM.

Seriously.

Autism, that perpetual mystery identified by the iconic multicolored puzzle piece is a condition rampant in kids today. We’ve learned to accept and even celebrate the disorder.

Reality

With literally THOUSANDS of stories on the decline of children everywhere on my site, LossOfBrainTrust.com, https://www.lossofbraintrust.com/ it’s an undisputable fact that autism or some other form of neurological damage has changed traditional childhood.

(We call this damage by a lot of different names: autism, Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, OCD, speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), social/emotional disorder (SED), severe learning difficulties (SLD), and many more acronyms.)

And it’s getting worse right before our eyes. Something is happening to children’s brains that make them unable to speak in many cases, unable to learn normally and unable to behave as children have always been expected to behave.

We congratulate ourselves for recognizing the sorrowful condition of children and continually call for better detection and earlier intervention, as if those improvements would solve all the problems of dysfunctional children worldwide.

I’m in my sixth year posting stories on LossOfBrainTrust, yet clearly this is a disaster that goes unrecognized, even by the people involved. Officials keep funding more special ed classrooms and even whole schools, but it’s never enough. We’re constantly told that THERE ARE MORE DISABLED CHILDREN without even an attempt at an explanation for why it’s happening.

And kids are increasingly MORE SEVERELY DISABLED. That fact is sometimes noted in news reports, again in passing, but it should scare everyone.

A story I found recently is a good example of what’s happening to children.

Wiscasset, ME: Wiscasset’s special education needs rise

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#CanWeTalkAboutIt

Time to talkBy Cathy Jameson

Can we talk about it? 

YES, talk about it. 

I wish more people would. 

What is “it”? 

It’s the thing that must not be named, you know…*whispers* the covid vaccine..

Many have already shared tons about “it” and about other “its” over the years.  When I think back to when I first wanted to know more about vaccines, I think of the OG, the original voices who spoke up.  Those voices spoke for a growing many.  Their vaccine stories were heard in Washington, D.C. back in 1999.  Parent-founded groups had lots to say back in the day about it and were able to get their message in print, too.  Others shared their plight and other important information in more recent documentaries.  

Fast forward to now, and a new generation of people want to talk about it.  They want what it’s done to them and their livelihoods to be known for all to see. 

They join thousands of others who’ve questioned vaccines after vaccine injury.  Those others have ‘taken it to the streets’ before and marched in our nation’s capital.   They’ve caught the ear of influential people who’ve also offered to help the cause.  Over the years, moms headed to their own state capitals to rally the people.  From one side of the country to the other, moms got their message about it out there.  Dads did, too.

It isn’t just parents and patients who’ve raised their voices and their concerns; some medical people were on the right side of truth and kept the conversation going as well.  They knew it was worth talking about vaccines.  But not enough people in the mainstream medical community want to warn that these liability-free medical products are risky.

Instead, it remains the patient themselves, or their parents, to keep raising their voices about vaccines and vaccine injuries. 

The further we get back into real life with fewer restrictions, the less I hear some people talking about the covid vaccine.  Of course, certain others (mainstream news talking heads, corporate media, and Hollywood spokespeople) still can’t say enough about it.  They insist that it’s the only defense we have against the covid illness.  They believe it’s the safest thing for you. 

People’s personal stories say otherwise.

So, can we talk about it, the covid vax?  Sure!  Yes!  Why not!  They are still under Emergency Use Authorized (EUA).  They are still causing a divide among families.  They all still come with potential risk, even the new one that the FDA recently recommend for EUA.  

Of course, we should talk about them, these covid vaccines.  We should because the propaganda has not waned.  The risks have not lessened.  And the side effects, ones known and ones yet to be discovered, are very real.

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Cardiology. There's a Great Future in Pediatric Cardiology. Will You Think About It?

RiskThe Covid vaccine will be added to the current recommendation at 6 months for a grand total of 8 diseases covered in one visit at 6 months of age with 1 or 2 follow up visits for the second & third doses. That's 9 or 10 vaccines in a matter of weeks. How many readers remember being told that the first seizure your child had was benign, a mere febrile seizure? Common. Nothing to worry about. Resolves itself. And then you faced intractable seizures. That's what the CDC is saying about the myocarditis and pericarditis following the Covid vaccines. "...most cases of myocarditis associated with the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are characterized by rapid resolution of symptoms following conservative management, with no impact on quality of life reported by most patients who were contacted for follow-up at 90 days or more after reporting myocarditis." There's an old line from The Graduate, "Plastics. There's great future in plastics. Will you think about it?" It's graduation season right now. "Pediatric cardiology. There's a great future in pediatric cardiology. Will you think about it?

At 6 months of age, your baby should receive vaccines to protect them from the following diseases:

Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis) (DTaP) (3rd dose)
Haemophilus influenzae type b disease (Hib) (3rd dose)
Polio (IPV) (3rd dose)
Pneumococcal disease (PCV13) (3rd dose)
Rotavirus (RV) (3rd dose)

From The CDC, a press release on the approval of Moderna and Pfizer Covid vaccines for babies 6 months and older.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Down to 6 Months of Age

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include use in children down to 6 months of age.

For the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) to include use of the vaccine in individuals 6 months through 17 years of age. The vaccine had been authorized for use in adults 18 years of age and older.
For the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA amended the EUA to include use of the vaccine in individuals 6 months through 4 years of age. The vaccine had been authorized for use in individuals 5 years of age and older.

Key points:

The FDA’s evaluation and analysis of the safety, effectiveness and manufacturing data of these vaccines was rigorous and comprehensive, supporting the EUAs. The agency determined that the known and potential benefits of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the known and potential risks in the pediatric populations authorized for use for each vaccine.

Prior to making the decision to authorize these vaccines for the respective pediatric populations, the FDA’s independent Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee was consulted and voted in support of the authorizations.

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Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices to Vote Saturday on Moderna and Pfizer for Infants and Toddlers

Approved-stampBy Toby Rogers from his Substack:

BREAKING NEWS: CDC launches sneak attack; the ACIP will meet TOMORROW (Friday, June 17) and Saturday, June 18 to extend the mRNA Final Solution to little kids

The White House has kept these meetings a secret until now

`I’m the first to report this breaking national news:

This morning I listened to the meeting of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. Melinda Wharton gave her update from CDC... and they have scheduled a special two day meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for TOMORROW (Friday, June 17) and Saturday (June 18). The agenda is here:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/downloads/agenda-archive/agenda-2022-06-17-18-508.pdf

Friday they will discuss safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy of Moderna in kids 6 months through 5 years of age AND Pfizer in kids 6 months through 4 years of age. Saturday they will vote. The entire process is set up to rubber stamp the VRBPAC meetings from yesterday.

When White House “Covid-19 Czar” Ashish Jha went on TV earlier in the week and said that these shots would be available by June 19, he surely knew that these meetings were in the works. But they kept them secret from the public until Melinda Wharton let the cat out of the bag this morning.

Apparently, the CDC is going to hold off on debating Moderna in kids 6 to 17 years old until next week (they have another meeting scheduled for June 22 and 23). The CDC has decided to target the littlest kids first.

What is to be done.

Let’s light ‘em up right now. Below are talking points and contact info for the people who will be involved with the ACIP meeting tomorrow and Saturday.

Talking Points  READ MORE HERE


FDA Adds Moderna to the Forced March of Covid Vaccination for Children

Vaccine piperA forced march: A movement of military prisoners faster or in more adverse conditions than would be normal to tire them excessively.

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From ABC News: A committee of advisers at the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of authorizing the Moderna vaccine for kids ages 6 through 17, paving the way to add one more vaccine to the options available for this age group.

Currently, only Pfizer’s vaccine is available for kids over 5 years old. Moderna’s vaccine, which was stalled in the regulatory process for months, would give parents another option.

The process to get Moderna’s vaccine out to pharmacies and clinics now moves to FDA leadership, which must decide whether to issue an official emergency use authorization of the vaccine.

After that, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s team of advisers will review Moderna’s data, and finally, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will issue her recommendation.

It's not clear whether adding Moderna as another option in the vaccine arsenal will move the needle for uptake in the kids and adolescent age group. Read more (and weep.)


Gut Science Was Slower Than A Colon After Surgery

Microbiome7Dr. Andy Wakefield thrust the gut connection into the spotlight more than 20 years ago. "Science" is slower than a colon after surgery. And often treats the originators like.....  From Safeminds:

June 13, 2022

Gut Bacteria Alterations Are Dependent on Offspring’s Sex

To prevent newborn sepsis caused by maternal Group B Streptococcus exposure, antibiotic use was promoted during labor and delivery starting in the 1990s. Since then, the use of prophylactic antibiotics given to laboring mothers has increased to more than 30% of all deliveries in the United States. However, this practice was implemented before our present-day and still emerging understanding of the microbiota’s important role in many aspects of health. Recently, researchers at the MIND Institute published a study investigating the effect of antibiotics administered to pregnant mice on offspring gut microbiome composition and metabolic capabilities. The researchers also investigated how these microbiota changes can influence the offspring’s immune responses. The study’s design involved administering a broad-spectrum antibiotic orally to pregnant mice during late gestation through birth. Post-birth, bacterial DNA was taken from offspring fecal samples and was then sequenced and analyzed. The offspring’s serum and brain tissue cytokine levels were also analyzed. The results showed that the antibiotic cocktail given to the pregnant mice produced significant diversity and taxonomic changes in their offspring’s microbiome. Also altered in the offspring were genomic and metabolic pathways. Interestingly, an increased Firmicutes/Bacteroidetes (F/B) ratio was found in female offspring but not males. An increased F/B ratio is associated with dysbiosis and metabolic disorders. The MIND Institute researchers concluded that maternal antibiotic exposure could produce long-lasting effects on the offspring’s gut microbiome and neuroimmune responses. They believe their findings demonstrate how important the role of the early microbiome is in the development of gastrointestinal and immune systems. 

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Many Infant Deaths Classified as SIDS Are Actually Caused by Vaccines

Baby coffinCrib death. Cot death. SIDS has been a formal cause of death since 1969.  It's hard to imagine a deeper pain. Today, we have SADS - and you can guess what the A stands for - adult. Healthy young people, not infants, dying of "natural" causes. As always, thank you to Dr. Gaunt for speaking out on behalf of pediatric health and wellness.

By Dr. William H. Gaunt, NMD

What Is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is defined as: “The sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.” It is the leading cause of death in children between one month and one year of age. As we see in the definition, the cause of SIDS is unexplained or unknown. This classification is a convenient place to hide infant deaths caused by vaccines.

Before and After 1979

There are 130 official ways for an infant to die. These are listed in the International Classification of Diseases and are sanctioned by WHO and CDC. Before 1979, one of the possible causes of infant death was vaccines. After 1979, all cause-of-death classifications associated with vaccination were eliminated. (Thanks to Neil Z. Miller for this and other information used in this article. He published “Vaccines and sudden infant death: An analysis of the VAERS database 1990-2019 and review of the medical literature” in PubMed Central Toxicology Reports on June 24th, 2021). Before 1979, a coroner could choose vaccines as the cause of an infant death if the evidence fit that conclusion. After 1979, vaccines were no longer one of the accepted causes of infant death and the coroner would be forced to choose another cause of death. SIDS would be a likely alternative choice. It is not a stretch to assume that the vaccine companies had a hand in eliminating vaccines as one of the accepted possible causes of infant deaths.

Infant Deaths Occur Far More Frequently Within 7 Days After Receiving Multiple Vaccines

The CDC vaccine schedule calls for the hepatitis B vaccine to be given on the day of birth. At 2 months, it calls for 8 vaccines (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP), polio, hepatitis B, pneumococcal, haemophilus B, and rotovirus.) At 4 months, it calls for 7 vaccines (DTaP, polio, pneumoccal, haemophilus B, and rotovirus.) Then at 6 months there are 9 more vaccines on the schedule (DTaP, polio, hepatitis B, pneumococcal, haemophilus B, flu, and rotovirus). No worries that 7 to 9 vaccines given to an infant at one time might kill some infants. The authorities routinely exonerate the vaccines and encourage the selection of SIDS as the appropriate cause of these deaths. VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) data shows that more than 78% of reported infant deaths occurred within the first 7 days post-vaccination. This does not prove that vaccines killed these infants, but it is highly suspicious.

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The British Government, the World Health Organization and the Global Coup of 2020

UK lockdownBy John Stone

In March 2020 the British Government decided to impose lockdown on the determination of the WHO against the advice of its own medical experts including Sir Chris Whitty - the experts then followed the policy, subordinating their judgment to the outside agency. These events anticipated the WHO’s recent and continuing attempts to formalise global supremacy in health, and demonstrates the arbitrariness and chaos which will inevitably follow 

I am trying to understand the events of March 2020 in the light of an answer to a recent Freedom of Information Request. Why and how was it that four days before lockdown was imposed on March 23 the four Chief Medical Officers of the United Kingdom posted a notice on-line announcing that COVID-19 had been downgraded from the status of High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID).

This peculiar event has not gone entirely un-noticed but has never really been explained. Before this point the disease named in the document  as COVID-19 (rather than  identified as virus SARS-CoV-2) - was a “high consequence infectious disease”, while almost at the very instant our lives, and everyone’s,  were to be irrevocably pitched into turmoil with the denial of civil liberties and most basic human rights, untold economic destruction and chaos, it was no longer so designated.

If the disease was no longer “high consequence” there could be absolutely no reason for this high level and prolonged disruption, and yet it was at this precise moment that the inevitability of lockdown started to be promoted, only to be confirmed four days later. But according to the CMOs’ reckoning at no point in the past two and a quarter years, whatever actions they took to restrict our lives or coerce us to accept injections of novel products, has the disease been “high consequence”. 

This anomaly cannot I believe be stressed enough: my FOI request produced no new documents but the Department of Health and Social Care drew my attention to a Parliamentary answer by Jo Churchill on November 6,  2020 to Conservative MP John Redwood (submitted fully 5 and a half weeks before on September 28):

The four nations public health high consequence infectious disease (HCID) group made an interim recommendation in January 2020 to classify COVID-19 as an HCID, based on the information that was available during the very early stages of the outbreak.

Once more was known about COVID-19, United Kingdom public health bodies reviewed the available information against the HCID criteria and noted certain changes. These changes included the increase in information available about mortality rates, which are low overall amongst the general population; greater clinical awareness; and the availability of a specific and sensitive laboratory test for the virus.

COVID-19 has not been considered a HCID in the UK since 19 March 2020, but this reclassification has not affected the Government’s response to COVID-19, which remains a comprehensive national effort.

So, the junior minister, Jo Churchill, confirmed that decision was made with due consideration and not because of some expedience: this remained the case on November 6, 2020, and remains the case today because whatever the CMOs have said subsequently to the public, notably government Chief Medical Officer Sir Chris Whitty they have not updated this statement.

With this in mind let us go back and look at what was said in the statement of March 19, 2020 :it may be one of those occasions when British government documents are more revealing than most.

As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK. There are many diseases which can cause serious illness which are not classified as HCIDs.

The 4 nations public health HCID group made an interim recommendation in January 2020 to classify COVID-19 as an HCID. This was based on consideration of the UK HCID criteria about the virus and the disease with information available during the early stages of the outbreak. Now that more is known about COVID-19, the public health bodies in the UK have reviewed the most up to date information about COVID-19 against the UK HCID criteria. They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall), and there is now greater clinical awareness and a specific and sensitive laboratory test, the availability of which continues to increase.

The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) is also of the opinion that COVID-19 should no longer be classified as an HCID.

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Type It Out

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Note: Grab a coffee, this post has donuts! No, really. Keep reading.

By Cathy Jameson

Ronan can sign his basic wants and needs.  He can type them out also.  We continue to pray that he will one day regain speech, but until that happens we encourage Ronan to communicate in ways he’s able to. 

One night last week, when he couldn’t sleep, he came to my room and sat on the edge of my bed.  He’s a quiet kind of guy, unless his favorite songs or movies are playing.  Then, Ronan can be really REALLY loud – to the point the kids will politely move him and his ipad to another room.  They don’t want to squash his happiness; they just don’t want to hear all of that happiness right next to them.  When Ronan came and sat on my bed, he was exceptionally quiet.  I knew he wanted something but couldn’t figure out what.  My laptop was open, so I quickly asked Ronan to type to me.  The prompt I gave him was, Hey, Ronan, what do you want?

mom my lijke ipad

ronan, it's bedtime

mom my like ipad 

it's too late to play. it's time for bed. 

mom my like ipad 

you can play on the ipad in the morning. it's very late, so it's bedtime now. 

mom my like ipad

no, thank you.

mom my like ipad

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Action Alert: Tell the FDA to Get Their Hands Off Our Children

AlignAct_VRBAC_Still_6.7aAlmost 15 years ago, Age of Autism posted its first article about vaccines and the autism epidemic. Today, thousands of posts and hundreds of thousands of comments and a million tears later, we're still helping sound the alarm that vaccination choice is a civil, medical and moral right. Once the Covid vaccines are approved for babies and toddlers, they are likely to end up on the pediatric schedule with protection from liability and little chance for the average parent to decline. Imagine yearly boosters, and playing Russian Roulette with myocarditis. If it's required for day care, school, camps, well, parents will comply to make childhood a little smoother. Smoother. We know better. We've learned the hard way. Children's Health Defense has a tightly organized call to action asking all of us to tell the FDA - NO.  Below is an excerpt and link.  Please click over to see how you can spread the word to your loved ones, friends, colleagues and and  social media followers who might unfriend and unfollow you. Next week is critical.

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Watch Mary Holland explain in a brief video.

Action Alert: Tell the FDA to Get Their #HandsOffOurChildren

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is declaring war on our children and it’s on each of us to be unrelenting as we defend the next generation from Big Pharma and its allies. We must stop the FDA’s attack, beginning with a campaign to end unethical and unsubstantiated Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) that will subject our younger and most vulnerable children to the unnecessary risks of COVID shots.

Take Action: Tell the FDA No EUA of COVID Shots for Babies and Children

The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) is scheduled to meet on four separate occasions in June to discuss additional EUAs that would provide cradle-to-grave COVID shots and consider a “Future Framework” that will permanently lower the bar for safety and efficacy going forward.

Their itinerary is as follows:

  • June 7 — Emergency Use Authorization for Novavax’s COVID shot for adults.
  • June 14 — Amendment to Moderna’s EUA to include primary series to children and adolescents 6 through 17 years of age.
  • June 15 — Amendment to Moderna’s EUA to include primary series for children 6 months to 5 years and amendment to Pfizer’s EUA to include the primary series to children 6 months through 4 years of age.
  • June 28 — Proposed “Future Framework” for COVID shots.

Dr. Andy Wakefield and Children’s Health Defense Films Announce the Premiere of ‘Infertility: A Diabolical Agenda’

InfertilityPoster_6.2f-691x1024New documentary exposes a WHO program resulting in the sterilization of African women without their knowledge or consent.

Austin, TX – From award-winning filmmaker Dr. Andy Wakefield, in collaboration with executive producer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Children’s Health Defense (CHD) Films comes the documentary “Infertility: A Diabolical Agenda.” The film exposes a World Health Organization (WHO) population control experiment carried out under the guise of a vaccination program, resulting in the sterilization of women in Africa without their knowledge or consent.

The film will premiere on Friday, June 10 at 2:00 pm ET on CHD.TV. Immediately following the 30-minute film, a special edition of CHD.TV’s “Friday Roundtable” will feature special guests Dr. Andy Wakefield, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Jim Thorp, Dr. Brian Hooker and Dr. Liz Mumper to discuss the dramatic rise in infertility issues across the globe.

“It is with timely irony that the World Health Organization reveals its true colors as it makes a desperate grab for control of global health,” said director Dr. Andy Wakefield. “This story is a true ‘WHO’ dunnit.”

Infertility” pulls back the curtain to reveal the truth behind WHO’s nefarious collaboration with the Kenyan government in which an experimental tetanus vaccination, later found to be laced with the pregnancy hormone βhCG, was given to millions of unknowing African women of childbearing age. Consequently, their right to carry children was stolen. Wakefield chronicles this tragic story and brings shocking new evidence to light. As Dr. Stephen Karanja warns in the film, “When they’re through with Africa, they’re coming for you.”

“The truths exposed in this film cast a long shadow from a tetanus trial in Africa to the symptoms of infertility that are happening all over the world, including reports after the Gardasil vaccine and the COVID shots,” said CHD chief science director Dr. Brian Hooker.

“This film documents evidence that strongly supports the idea that the WHO was conducting an experiment on women of childbearing age to make them infertile without informed consent,” said Mary Holland, CHD president, general counsel and author of The HPV Vaccine On Trial: Seeking Justice For A Generation Betrayed.

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Part 3 Frau Koma’s Second Coming: Mass Murder, Autism and the Cult of Weaponized Genetics

Frau K By Adriana GamondesGood morning, today we wrap up our revisit with Adriana Gamondes' 3 part series on school shooters, pharma and in this installment, autism.

Part 3, The Enlightened Rapture, Read Part 1 and Part 2.

Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell. ~Karl Raimund Popper 

By Adriana Gamondes

Autism, the fastest growing developmental disorder in the US, represents more than 7% of a $40 billion dollar psychopharmaceutical market for a demographic of roughly 1 to 2% of individuals under age 25, where roughly 85% of autism diagnoses are found. Marking a condition as a public safety hazard and those with the traits as near devils is the time honored manner of manufacturing public consent for exploitative and coercive treatment and dehumanization. In other words, a wide belief that those with autism are likely to kill could effectively snuff protest against drugging mandates which Torry, Satel, Koplewicz, NAMI, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Institute of Mental Health, a steady procession of presidential administrations and the pharmaceutical industry have pushed for all along.

But the population with autism may be only one of many targets of this particular campaign. Autism research provides an endless supply of unsubstantiated genetic corollaries which have the distinction of being protected by the state in order to obfuscate the role of government public health agencies in contributing to an epidemic. And, of course, these unsubstantiated genetic corollaries have endless applications for political and industrial exploits.

Questioning the “largely genetic” foundations of autism has ruined medical, scientific and media careers, and this may partly be because, as with the elusive schizophrenia “genes,” so many reputations and articles of scientific faith hinge on the theory. For instance, if a group of researchers needs to prove that pigs fly to serve an industrial sponsor or as part of an exercise in "weaponized anthropology” targeting a strategic or ideological foe, all they need do is link “proofs” of the imaginary flight of pigs to autism to create an automatic credibility shield

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Twitter Disagreement Autism Is a Disability Not Just a Difference

Twitter ReportDisability or difference?  Let's get down to brass tacks. In the Age of Autism community, autism is a disability. It's not just a difference in my three daughters. They live under plenary guardianship. They rely on me for 100% of their health and safety and day to day life. They rely on the government for their $834 monthly Social insecurity, which I, like every parent here, supplement so that they have a roof over their heads.

When I read the Tweet in the photo on Monday, I'd about had it  ACCEPTANCE as a vanilla flag waving moment.  April came and went, a quiet month and  it was changed from AWARENESS to ACCEPTANCE.  We still believe in ACTION, never acquiescence. I reported the account for hate speech.  Below are some of the comments we had on our Facebook page in response to the photo. We also need to be SEEN, HEARD and have PRIDE in what we do for our children, and for what our children endure.

Symmetry Neuro-PT is a neurofeedback practice. One can only imagine how much much money they charge families to work with their child's different ability to make it a better kind of different ability. Almost as if it's a disability.

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I just showed this to my daughter, 35 years old, autistic who said, it’s a disability all right. Which is why she’s still at home and will never work. If that’s not a disability I don’t know what is.

It’s just a different ability, that’s why my 28yo daughter needs 24/7 care. Hitting herself and others isn’t a disability? Come on over to my house!

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Part 2: Frau Koma's Second Coming: Mass Murder, Autism and the Cult of Weaponized Genetics

Frau K By Adriana Gamondes Part 2 of Adriana Gamondes' opus on school shooters that first ran several years ago. Alas, the topic is evergreen and growing ever greener.

Part 2, Profectus

Read Part 1 and Part 3.

"No wonder kids grow up crazy. A cat's cradle is nothing but a bunch of X's between somebody's hands, and little kids look and look and look at all those X's..."
"And?"

"No damn cat, and no damn cradle." ~Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

By Adriana Gamondes

In the introduction to Nuclear Rites, Stanford anthropologist Hugh Gusterson explains why he approached a formal study of atomic weapons scientists in the same manner he’d approach a tribal culture: “one powerful Western institution that is particularly understudied by anthropologists is science.”

Gusterson concludes that, though typical psychological analyses of weapons production bear some truth—that the power of nuclear weapons systems become an extension of the self, an expression of potency,etc.—the view too easily dismisses scientists’ own rationalizations and ideology as mere distractions from driving psychosexual motives. Instead, according to Gusterson, scientists’ faith in the ultimate morality of their work and the fact that this stems from the problems they’re charged with solving (namely the belief that winning the arms race would prevent nuclear strikes by less evolved nations) might better explain the field’s  euphemization of risks,  romanticization of their technology and exaggerated self-assurance that this technology can be controlled even in the face of repeated human error and equipment malfunction  potentially costing the lives of millions. Gusterson discusses profit mostly as it pertains to scientific status, coveted name-rights and the ritual of “initiation and transcendence” involved in creation and testing.

The word “profit” is derived from the Latin profectus—“to gain, advance or progress.“ There are a variety of interweaving gains to be made in ventures that are perceived to advance humanity in the name of progress—money is only one of them. Gusterson quotes Robert Budwine, head of the USA Delegation and director of Lawrence Livermore Laboratory:

The United States, for all our manifest faults, is without a doubt the best hope for a future world of peace and prosperity… Weapons research simply must continue at a determined and intensive level for our nation to have the opportunity to lead humankind towards some future utopian world order.

Several of Gusterson’s works begin with a quote from E.L. Doctorow: “The bomb first was our weapon. Then it became our diplomacy. Next it became our economy. Now it’s become our culture. We’ve become the people of the bomb.”

“To the victor go the spoils” has a different meaning in that sense. Gusterson also points out in The Insecure American that by becoming terrifying on the path to progress—even if this is rationalized, as it always has been, as the conscious pursuit of the “greater good”—we’ve terrified ourselves. Fear sells, but we’re the chief consumers of it.

Every social policy which requires the cover of morality and pursuit of a shining future to rationalize human and ecological collateral is now framed as a “war” on some frightening specter or other: the war on terror, the war on disease, the war on street drugs, and the war on mental illness (providing the sanctioned replacement for street drugs).  Some are beginning to recognize that whenever the “war on” prefix is attached to any problem, whatever the “war” has been declared on will expand.

AG War on Ed

The voting public might backlash against some of these proverbial wars (case in point, the legalization of recreational marijuana in two states), but public opinion is increasingly feeble when it comes up against corporate interests. Most American voters wanted withdrawal from Afghanistan and for Wall Street bankers to be held accountable. Many were repelled by the Supreme Court’s decision to gut limits on corporate campaign financing and almost 90% of Americans are concerned about vaccine and prescription drug safety. But as clinical psychologist Bruce Levine wrote in a Huffington Post article entitled The Myth of U.S. Democracy and the Reality of U.S. Corporatocracy, “’We the People’ have zero impact on policy.”

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Setting Goals

Setting goalsI goofed on Sunday and set this post for 6:00pm instead of am! So Cathy missed much of the day, and I'm sure readers missed her. Call it Senioritis on my part, the old age kind. So sorry!  Enjoy Cathy on a Monday. Tomorrow, Frau Koma Part 2 - as we look into school violence in Adriana Gamondes' chilling three part essay. Thanks.

By Cathy Jameson

One of the contacts we have with one of Ronan’s program called last week.  She needed to go over some paperwork that gets reviewed and refiled yearly.  I don’t usually dread the conversation I have with her like I do when some other people call.  For the most part, it’s simple stuff that she asks about.   

How’s he doing? 

Any changes in his health or development?

Any hospitalizations or E.R. admits in the last 3 months?

Any problems with medications?

After she asks those questions, we then review goals.  I was stunned the first time she’d asked me to make a year-long goal when we enrolled in the program.  Goals had always been something we created with therapists and educators, never with medical personnel.  I’d forgotten about this portion of the call and was again taken aback when she asked which new goals I wanted to make. 

“Goals?  Hmmm, I can think of a few, but remind me what I said last time,” I replied.

To become more actively engaged in community outings

I laughed.  I laughed so hard.  Then I said, ‘The covid lockdown, and then the shuttering of places we’d normally go, shot down any chance of creating meaningful outings.  By the time places were open again, Ronan was so out of his normal routine.  He didn’t want to go anywhere or do any of the usual things he used to do.  He still doesn’t some days.  We try to get him interested in things, including stuff his siblings are doing like we’ve always done, but it’s been a struggle.”

The nurse completely understood.

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Florida Special Olympics Drops Covid Vaccine Mandate for Athletes

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Florida threatened to fine Special Olympics International $27.5 million for requiring 5,500 participants at the USA Games in Orlando to be vaccinated against COVID, prompting the organization to drop the mandate.

“There needs to be a choice in this regard,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said at an event in Orlando surrounded by a cheering crowd that included athletes for the games set to begin Sunday. “Let them compete. We want everyone to be able to compete.”  Read more at Orlando Sentinel

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AMEN. You should not be able claim to be an organization that welcomes all athletes with special needs and turn away HEALTHY athletes due to their vaccination status. Not for Covid, not for anything. Better to order and pay for titre and antibody tests for every single athlete before every single event.  See how many participate then.  Good job, Florida.


Autism Prevalence Since 2000: Wayne Rohde Interviews Dr. Walter Zahorodny

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By Anne Dachel

The audio link above is to an interview by Wayne Rohde who produces the Right on Point podcast and the Autism File podcast, with Dr. Walter Zahorodny.
Dr. Zahorodny is the Research Director of the NJ Autism Study,  and has been studying the prevalence of autism since 2000. He was very open about what autism is doing to our children. He’s been watching the increases for more than 20 years, and he’s the first to tell us that they are real. More children actually have autism and something in the environment is causing it. He also makes it clear that the future is very dark because the numbers show no signs of slowing down.

I transcribed the entire interview, highlighting in bold the most noteworthy statements.

It’s impossible to dismiss the statistics and facts that Zahorodny cites here, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been doing just that for the last several decades. In fact, he describes the underhanded methods in play by the CDC to underestimate just how bad the increases are with the DSM-5 and what Zahorodny refers to as ADDM TWO.

The most recent CDC report, the one that reports on study year 2018, is very interesting in that for the first time, they’re not really concerned with autism prevalence. They’re not really reporting. If you read carefully, you’ll find out that they changed the methodology, and they’re not really concern with what is the true prevalence of autism.

One thing that maybe nobody understands, maybe through your podcast people will begin to appreciate the fact that the CDC no longer—and the ADDM Network—no longer does active population surveillance.

We’re not trying to find all the cases of autism. That’s the old system. I would call the old system ADDM ONE. You’re trying to find all the true cases.

Zahorodny cites statistics that should cause panic in officials who get billions of dollars a year to oversee our health. Not only do the people at the CDC refuse to acknowledge that more children have autism, but they’ve successfully covered up the real rate of autism.

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Best Of: Frau Koma Returns After Yet Another Mass Shooting

Frau K By Adriana Gamondes

Note: Yes. Again.Adriana Gamondes wrote this searing three part post several years ago. She had a style that could not compare. Unfortunately, we have to recycle it as mass shootings have worsened. If any readers have been in contact with Adriana, please let us know, we have tried to reach her.  Thanks.

“Koma“ is “amok” spelled backwards; amok—as in “to run amok.” “Amoklaufen” is the German expression for “spree-killer.” After a mass shooting at the Johannes Gutenberg Gymnasium in Erfurt, Eastern Germany in 2002, police developed a new emergency code for school shootings—“Frau Koma kommt”—“Frau Koma is coming.”

Part 1,  Demon Seed

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  ~Revelations, 20:14-15

By Adriana Gamondes

In September, 2011, Manitoba judge Robert Heinrichs ruled that a sixteen year old accused of murder would remain in youth court where he faces a maximum sentence of four years rather than the possibility of life without parole in adult court. Family members of the fifteen year old victim were outraged by the ruling, though Heinrichs stated that the accused’sbasic normalcy now further confirms he no longer poses a risk of violence to anyone and that his mental deterioration and resulting violence would not have taken place without exposure to Prozac…He has none of the characteristics of a perpetrator of violence.”

Dr. Peter Breggin, the reform psychiatrist and psychopharmaceutical expert who testified on antidepressant-induced psychosis and violence in the Manitoba case, was sued for his medical license in 1987—the very year that Prozac was first mass marketed by Eli Lilly. The charges were filed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a consumer group which has always lobbied for forced institutionalization and mandated treatment of the mentally ill ( Section 9.2 of NAMI’s Public Policy Platform)—including drugs and electroconvulsive therapy or ECT— and was recently exposed as a long-standing pharmaceutical industry front organization in The New York Times.

Due to his success in banning forced lobotomy in institutions coupled with efforts to raise the alarm on clinical risks of ECT and psychiatric drugs, Dr. Breggin has been a thorn in the side of industry and its various front organizations since the 1970’s. After Breggin went on Oprah and reported that Eli Lilly’s own trial data showed that even individuals lacking histories of violence or serious mental illness who were exposed to the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant Prozac and antipsychotics would frequently develop violent ideation or violent psychosis, NAMI claimed that Breggin’s remarks could cause patients to discontinue their meds. Following an outpouring of support for Breggin from the international medical reform community, the Maryland licensure board dropped the charges and Breggin prevailed. Seventeen years later, the FDA adopted black box warnings for suicide and violence on SSRI antidepressants. The black box warnings are, almost word for word, the precise clinical caveats that Breggin repeatedly submitted to the FDA and in Congressional hearings.

The previously concealed Prozac trial data Breggin uncovered and exposed in 1987 included cases of child subjects on Prozac who suddenly developed intrusive dreams and visions of going to school with guns and shooting classmates.  There were also far more attempted and completed suicides among drug-exposed subjects than in the placebo groups.

Over the years, Breggin and other researchers have worked to identify the mechanism by which certain psychopharmaceutical drugs induce violence and suicidality. Breggin has described phenomenon such as drug-induced akathisia, an uncontrollable sense of restless inner torment caused by an amphetamine-like and even LSD-like effect of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRI’s, and has written about prescription drug-inducedintoxication anosognosia” or “medication spellbinding:

Medication spellbinding has four basic effects.

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Summer Breakation and Autism

Retro school's out
In September, for my youngest.

Extended School Year, or ESY, is a hot topic in special education. Programs vary dramatically from state to state and school district to school district.  Our town district ESY changed over the years, from 5 days a week, for 6 weeks to 4 days a week for a month, with a shortened day. My youngest is about to begin her final round of ESY at her private placement in July.  Hers is a 5 day program, and runs 4 weeks. There's a good 6 weeks of downtime. It's discouraging. Worse? She ages out of school altogether in September. As of now, there is no program that will accept her, because she has a gigantic budget that includes a 1:1. I say that tongue in cheek. Her state administered budget will sit, unused, unless a program that I deem acceptable will accept her. Even the program where her sisters attend is up in the air, because of the severe staffing shortage. Programs are more amenable to taking in 3:1 individuals.  Those who qualify for a 1:1 are being turned away - they are money losers.  ESY is looking pretty good to me. I know the staff, my daughter loves her school, and I'm clinging to the last week weeks of programming like a liferaft

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The Passing Years Since The Age of Autism Was Published By Olmsted & Blaxill

Mark and Dan at AO book debut
Facebook should come with a box of tissues. Yesterday's memory was from 11  years ago, when Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted shared advance copies of their book titled, The Age of Autism Mercury Medicine and a Manmade Epidemic at Autism One. Dan has been gone for 5 and a half years. Ed Arranga passed away last December.. (I hope that isn't springing the news on you.) This blog was launched by Dan and Mark in preparation for their book. Dan's life work became autism. After a stellar journalism career, he devoted himself to the epidemic. To a degree, we all abandonned our initial careers when autism broke into our homes. We were drafted. Dan enlisted. He provided a steady, guiding hand, and together he and Mark produced Pulitzer quality work that was often largely ignored or suppressed. Blogs ruled the landscape, and we had intense rivalries, that, looking back, seem quaint. HeraldBlog, Orac, Kristina Chew, Kevin Leitch, Amanda Baggs - how they dined on us in their never ending effort to make sure no one believed in the autism epidemic.

Last week, the United States was pummeled by another school shooting. 19 schoolkids, 2 teachers, 1 husband who could not bear the grief. Another epidemic that seems to have no resolution even when its carnage can not be denied. It's tough to gaslight families when there are corpses. A Facebook commenter made a reference to something Dr. Bernard Rimland may have said or written, about a generation of angry boys growing up.  If you have the reference, let me know. It seems to be real.



Commemorating Memorial Day

CD2956A5-68B2-45FE-987E-D98336DA7711I’ve been trying to explain Memorial Day to my daughter. So far, she’s grabbed onto “…war, people died.” It’s a better grasp than mattress sales and potato salad to start the Summer. How do you explain the concept of death. Of war. Of life as it stands today, to a pure soul like our kids?


Always Something

It's always somethingBy Cathy Jameson

When one has as many kids and as busy a schedule as we have, the expression, “There’s always something going on!” perfectly sums up our life.  That expression rings through once more…and makes for some interesting (and maybe even entertaining) storytelling here. 

Two weeks ago, a hornet crawled out of a floor vent in our den.  Ronan’s caregiver was home with Ronan when the scary, flying beast emerged.  She trapped it, God bless her, and was rightly traumatized afterwards from the frightening few minutes the hornet was in my home. 

Later, while telling my husband about the incident, he said it might be time to call an exterminator.  We’d seen wasps in the house when the weather had started to warm up.  A friend in the area had shared that they, too, get wasps in the house – sometimes from their chimney, sometimes through an air vent.  Like the friend does, I trap and kill them.  I used to be a catch-and-release kinda gal.  Not so much anymore.  I like nature, but I never like to see that sort of nature in my house.  Unable to figure out how these insects were coming in, I knew we had to do something more. 

A few exterminator companies would be available to help me, but I know that their first-line of defense would sometimes be some sort of chemical concoction.  I didn’t want that option in case whatever they used would have negative interactions with Ronan’s health.  After speaking to the company’s representative, who completely understood my predicament (and who said she’d be living in a hotel room if she ever experienced a hornet in the house), I agreed to have their technician come over for an inspection.  I’d have to wait a few days though.  Their schedule and mine wouldn’t match up until after the weekend.

While I anxiously waited, Ronan’s big sister helped put screens over every floor vent in the house.  It might be a temporary fix, we said, but it was one that made our adrenaline rush less. 

I got up early Monday morning to make breakfast for Ronan before woke up and to be ready for the inspection.  Hoping he’d sleep in since he’d had two very early morning wake ups two days in a row, Ronan decided that the very second the technician drove down our driveway would be the very best time to wake up.  He didn’t come find me right away like he usually does after waking up, but waited a few minutes.  I was glad for that because it gave me a few minutes to give the young tech some information about the hornet that scared us. 

While the tech was telling me what he would do first, which would be a walkthrough of the house and a peek in the attic, I heard Ronan walking toward us.  So as not to startle the young man, I said, “Oh, hey, there’s my son.”  The young man replied, “Yes, I heard you had a son that has some medical conditions and that you’re concerned with some of the sprays used to treat bugs.”  As I gave him a quick rundown of my concerns, Ronan took himself to the bathroom.  Within a few seconds, I could hear that he was actually using the bathroom.

Wow, I thought, great job, Rone!  All those mornings that we, or his caregiver, had guided him to the bathroom first thing in the morning is paying off. 

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Safeminds: New Study Shows 1 in 100 Children Are Diagnosed with ASD Around the World

Lather rinse repeatBelow is a new article from Safeminds.  Familiar name Andy Shih says, "Efforts at awareness are succeeding." Awareness is a dirty word by now in the USA, but elsewhere in the world, there is a huge need to educate. I recently worked with a Mom in Ethiopia, whose 7 year old has been diagnosed. The stigma and ignorance were severe. Thanks to TACA and NAA, we were able to send helpful materials to her.

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New Study Shows 1 in 100 Children Are Diagnosed with ASD Around the World

Recent research shows approximately 100 in 10,000 – or 1 in 100 – children across the globe hold an autism diagnosis. This figure comes from a new systematic review of 99 prevalence estimates from 34 countries.  A decade ago, the global rate was 62 in 10,000. Similar to the U.S., the study found that boys worldwide are four times more likely than girls to have autism. Also included in the study was the median percentage of autism with co-occurring intellectual disability, which was reported at 33%. The studies analyzed for the review varied in size, ranging from 465 participants to 50 million. The prevalence estimates also varied greatly, ranging from 1.09 in 10,000 to 436 in 10,000. Most of the studies included in the review were conducted in the U.S. and Northern Europe. However, previously underrepresented regions like Africa and the Middle East were also included. The study’s lead author, Andy Shih, suggests that these findings show efforts to improve autism awareness are succeeding and that many regions have improved in identifying, diagnosing, and treating individuals with autism. Shih also believes the rise in the new global autism rate is due to changes in the definition of autism and differences in the methodology and contexts of prevalence studies.

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180 x 6 x 13

Salvador ramos180 school days x 6 hours a day x 13 years (K-12) = 14,040 hours in the care of professional teachers, therapists, social workers, school psychologists, administrators and surrounded by peers.

WHAT. GOES. SO. WRONG?

Here in Connecticut, we are still dealing with the aftermath of a stabbing at a high school party two weeks ago. One teen named Jimmy McGrath was killed, three injured, and the aggressor, a 16 year old student, is out on a $2,000,000 bond awaiting trial as an adult.

I can't bring myself to call these young men monsters - though their actions are monstrous. They aren't serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer, who can be profiled back to childhood with violent fascinations. I cringe when I hear in almost every case, "He was a loner. He didn't talk to anyone. He had no friends. He dressed weird.  He kept to himself." 

I suppose will we learn bits and pieces, while the media politicizes most of the tragedy.


Would Kids With Autism Survive A Shooter?

Go Talk QuietThe nation reels from another mass shooting at an elementary school. While listening to news reports throughout the day, I remembered something that happened to me several years ago. I was at the High School for one of my daughters' IEP meetings. I was in the classroom with students and staff, including paras. Suddenly an alarm went off and an Active Shooter Drill was underway. I was closed in the classroom with everyone. None of the students with autism was completely quiet, including my daughter. One student was loud. Could have been any of my 3 daughters, none of whom can regulate their voice or stimming for more than a few seconds. One Paraprofessional asked, "How would you keep him quiet," to the other. "Oh, I'd find a way to shut him up." I was appalled. But I know that if there were a situation like the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, or up the road from me in Newtown, Connecticut, some, many, most or perhaps all of the students with autism would be in grave danger because of their disability. This might be the ONLY time a quiet/seclusion room would be useful. I would like to think that most staff would try to shield the kids and keep them quiet. I'm not sure I could keep my own kids quiet. And so I ask, if there is a shooter in a school, what happens to the special needs/autistic students, and is there a plan just for them that honors their needs?


Fractured Fairytales

Fractured fairy talesAfter I wrote this post, the news broke about 18 year old Salvador Ramos, who killed in cold blood 19 elementary school students and 2 adults in Uvalde, Texas. I am in no way equating the agony of having your child murdered in school with having a child with autism. I am going to point out that systems everywhere are broken beyond repair. And failing children right into adulthood. Those who make it. We have a generation that literally has the WORLD in their palm of their hand, and yet are so very alone. Angry. Vindictive. Without coping skills. We say it's a gun issue. We say it's a mental health issue. It seems like a radically altered childhood issue. And no one wants to talk about it. What the hell has happened to our kids? 

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Those readers of a certain age will remember the Fractured Fairy Tales cartoons that aired during Bullwinkle. Today's post is about the fracturing within our community. Ignored. Disregarded. Glossed over. Not here.

Many of our readers are drowning in ever deeper waters as their children head into adulthood. There are few supports once school lets out. Day programs are turning down autistic individuals with high levels of need.  Jobs are grim for those who qualify for viable employment with or without supports.  Medical freedom and Covid have eclipsed autism everywhere - even within organizations that were founded by warrior families. Biomedical treatment is a distant memory. Spelling has become the new darling.  New reports of beautiful Elizabeth Bonker, who was Valedictorian for her college class, they mention, "She lost her speech at 15 months," but none asked WHY??? It's as if they said, "She got glasses in 3rd grade." Perfectly normal. Spelling is wonderful, I've seen my own daughters intelligence shine through. I am a big fan.  Then reality steps in. I just saw a spelling training program that sounds fantastic. 8 weeks of intensive training with support. $1000 per trainee. I need 4 or 5 trainees at least. I can't be the only "voice" for my 3 daughters. I need others to be able to train and learn, but at $1000 each? Even if I train them. Staff quits. What then?  I have been my daughters’  trainer for more than 25 years. And with spelling's success and marketing, there’s yet another documentary, and an invitation to fly to the Midwest to view it. I  have a hard time getting to the Stop and Shop up the street. It's enough. If I sound like I'm complaining, I am. I'm angry that after 2+ decades of work, 15 years of Age of Autism, nothing much has changed for families. Young Moms who are able to get into a diagnosis center leave with exactly what most of us got years go. NOTHING. No road map. No plan. Just "Call early intervention and find yourself 30 hours of ABA a week. Good luck, call us in a year." Students in school get speech and OT that are all but useless even after 18 years. Assistive Technology flopped, it's completely hit or miss who can use it, program it, buy an iPad every few months to replace the one thrown across the room and shattered. It's disheartening in the extreme. Yesterday, I saw a post that only hardened my heart. A dear friend of our community, a PhD with autism who was active at Autism One and other conferences, wrote

"Reporting from London as XXX and I gear up to explore literature and research findings that support shifting to strength-based views of autistic people. We shall examine US and UK current models through a strength-based lens as we review advances in health, education, media and advocacy. What ideas do you have to shift from thinking of autism in terms of deficit, disability, and disorder toward abilities and strengths?"

My daughters will never travel to London. Lord, give me a "strength based view," to keep going.  If you still love what we do at AofA - Anne, John, Cathy and I - we are AofA - please consider a donation to keep us going. 

And to families in Uvalde, and in every city from coast to coast that has had a shooting, I'm sorry we've let our kids sink into this fractured fairy tale called the USA.

Thanks.

Kim


Autism In Northern Ireland: We Can't Close Our Eyes and Make It Go Away

Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

There’s been another stunning announcement about autism in the UK. This time it’s from Northern Ireland. An annual report released on May 20th revealed that, according to the Department of Health, one in every 17 students in the 6 counties of Northern Ireland is autistic. (This would also mean about one in every 10 boys.)

Even more alarming are the numbers exclusively from Belfast. There one in every 14 students has a diagnosis.

Here is the official report: Prevalence of Autism (including Asperger Syndrome) in School  Age Children in Northern Ireland.                       

This is what the BBC reported: Autism: Proportion of NI pupils with diagnosis quadruples

Boys were three times more likely to have a diagnosis of autism than girls

The proportion of schoolchildren with an autism diagnosis in Northern Ireland has quadrupled in just over a decade, according to figures just published by the Department of Health.

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Harvard Sophomore Kristin King Rails Against Violently Ableist Sadhguru Autism Awareness Panel

Harvard ableistHere's the Cliff Notes version of Katie's perfectly pitched post: The "#actuallyautistic nothing about us without us" army is rabidly against our profoundly affected children. And institutions cower and collapse rather than FIGHT for our kids.  

We need to add the letter "A" to LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ and make sure our children's genitals are mentioned frequently to be on the cancel culture good list.  Maybe I'll dye my girls hair rainbow so that the likes of Kristin will notice them. Violently ableist.... Spend a day with one of our strapping adult males during an autistic episode and then talk to us about violence, Kristin.  The Ivory tower is actually made of cotton - and plugged into their deaf ears.

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By Katie Wright:

So many people hate the politically correct elitism of places like Harvard. But Harvard makes it so easy!!

A few weeks ago, the Sadhguru Center, a TEACHING hospital associated with Harvard offered panel called, “Autism Awareness: Thinking Outside the Box.” It could not sound more innocuous.

The panel described itself as a multidisciplinary discussion to explore autism beyond conventions. Sounds good to me. As a parent of a young man with severe autism, I have spent too much time educating doctors on the basics of autism. Apparently, they learn next to nothing about autism in medical school. Approximately 5% of American boys diagnosed with autism and almost half have chronic health problems.

However, Harvard sophomore Kristin B. King went ballistic about the autism panel . This young woman claims to have autism. I know, I know......Lately, any smart, lonely, quirky, nonconformist labels themselves “autistic.” Almost none actually meet the DSM definition of autism. It is a disabling condition and makes communication and social interaction especially challenging. Not so for King! She rails against the conference, creates petitions to stop it, bullies Harvard administration.....I know, it’s absurd.

King declares, “One of the panel’s goals is to treat autism. That is not only violently ableist but scientifically incorrect!” Oh my God, King’s histrionics make me wince with embarrassment for her. This is a bright young woman throwing a temper tantrum and demanding discussion she does not understand be cancelled.

What’s worse is that the teaching hospital caved to King’s bullying nonsense and cancelled an educational autism event that dozens of doctors should have attended. What cowards! Then they basically apologized! “We are pausing, deeply reflecting and learning before we consciously take next steps, “ said a Sadhguru Center representative.

Why capitulate to a historic 21 year old with, clearly, no real expertise with autism. My son cannot read, write, speak or care for himself in any way. He needs and continues to need treatment in the form of speech and occupational therapy. Like nearly half of ASD people, he also needs regular medical help for his epilepsy and IBD. This treatment is not “violently ableist,” it is essential to his well-being.

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Best Of: Hey Autism Awareness, Where'd Ya Go?

Broken blue light bulbNote: Cathy has today off. Did you notice how few stories there were about autism last month?  Cathy did, last year. We've dropped off the radar in the public eye, yesterday's darling.

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By Cathy Jameson

Around this time last year, I noticed that autism had all but dropped off the news cycle.  It appears to have taken a back seat again this year.  No big fan of how the month of April has been blue-washed for well over a decade, I’m okay with fewer autism awareness campaigns. 

Always a strong proponent for autism action, I’m not even seeing that in this month’s news stories.  Like the flu, and like the measles, COVID19 has replaced illnesses, diseases, and other health conditions the world over. 

Autism awareness may have disappeared from the media, but the autism epidemic still exists.  Some will argue that autism, a spectrum disorder, is not an epidemic.  While it’s not a disease or illness, autism, a condition that can significantly impact physical and mental health, does fit the CDC’s definition of epidemic. From their website: CDC.gov

epidemic the occurrence of more cases of disease, injury, or other health condition than expected in a given area or among a specific group of persons during a particular period. Usually, the cases are presumed to have a common cause or to be related to one another in some way

Last updated in 2020, the current rate, which has risen steadily for decades, is 1 in 54 reported cases.  Even though the numbers are not a true representation, if that trend continues more will be added at the next reporting period.  Based on data from years ago, and from only a handful children in only a handful of states, a more accurate rate is likely much higher.  With that, I’d say that one can absolutely use the word epidemic to describe what’s happening!  

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Regardless of how high the statistics are, autism news is scant these days. 

When I looked for an autism-specific news story last Tuesday, a few half-hearted reports of groups “lighting it up blue” could be found.  But they certainly didn’t come with the pomp and circumstance previous April autism stories have had.  I did notice, however, that some are pushing for autism acceptance this year, not awareness. Acceptance?  I’d rather not.

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Autism and Mental Health Continue to Vex UK School System

Abadnonned schoolNote: What are schools to do with the continuing explosion of children who need special ed services?  Bey9nd school, how are families to manager short and long term.  Parents depend on their children in their golden years. What happens when the children still depend on the parents?

By Anne Dachel

I cannot imagine how long this can go on in the UK and Ireland. There are always increases in the number of special education students, always another new special school announced, always more money being spent. The solution is always more spending and more services, yet no one sees where this is going.

How long can a country keep this up? What happens when massive numbers of disabled students age out of school with nowhere to go?

Here’s what’s out there recently. This is the news no one is worried about.

England: The latest figures from the Department for Education are out.

As of January 2022, there were 473,255 children with plans in place, compared with 430,697 the previous year, marking a 9.9 per cent increase.

The number of children subject to EHCPs and statements, which predated the plans, has increased each year since 2010 and the latest figures indicate further dramatic rises are likely, as demand among parents for assessments is increasing.

The figures show that requests for an assessment for a plan have rocketed by almost a quarter from 75,951 in 2020 to 93,302 in 2021. This is the highest figure since the data was first collected in 2016.

This was really bad news for children with severe disabilities.

“The latest release of pupils with high level special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) shows that the government do not have a plan to support children and young people with high level special educational needs and disabilities," said NEU joint general secretary Kevin Courtney.

England: An Ipswich MP introduced a bill calling for universal dyslexia screening.

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U.S. Proposal to Empower World Health Organization (WHO) Would Violate Nations’ Sovereignty & Citizens’ Freedom

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U.S. Proposal to Empower World Health Organization (WHO) Would Violate Nations’ Sovereignty & Citizens’ Freedom

Even a cursory reading of the proposed amendments shows a stunning and unprecedented ceding of basic public health powers to an international body, overriding nations’ sovereignty and citizens’ rights”

— HFDF president Leslie Manookian

IDAHO, UNITED STATES, May 19, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Defending individuals’ health freedom and self-determination – and protecting national sovereignty – is the aim of the World Freedom Declaration signed by 30 organizations and 33 leaders from around the globe objecting to proposed U.S. amendments to the International Health Regulations.

The amendments, offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, would empower the World Health Organization (WHO) to seize executive governance powers over member states, granting government powers to unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats – all in the name of combatting a future health emergency. The amendments will be considered at the 75th World Health Assembly which begins May 22, 2022.

The agreement, unlike a formal global treaty, is not subject to approval by the U.S. Congress.

“Even a cursory reading of the proposed amendments shows a stunning and unprecedented ceding of basic national public health powers to an international body, overriding nations’ basic sovereignty and citizens’ basic rights,” said Leslie Manookian, Founder and President of the Health Freedom Defense Fund (HFDF), the organizer of the international declaration. “We have come together to sound the alarm bell about the freedom that the Biden Administration is about to give away to the flawed World Health Organization.”

The World Freedom Declaration was signed by 30 organizations and 33 advocates for health freedom from around the world, including internationally respected experts in public health, attorneys, and advocates. On May 18th, the declaration will be available to the public.

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Alex Martinez The Woke Twitter Dope Makes Fun of Musk's Asperger's

Alex Martinez

Infuriating. Twitter, the bastion of woke, woker and wokest, where only vaccine injury is a fairytale, showed its hypocrisy when a pouting, tantruming, "you're not going to be the boss of me" jackass named Alex Martinez openly mocked Elon Musk's Asperger's diagnosis, erasing 20 years of trying to get a grain of SALT's worth respect for our loved ones across the spectrum.  Remember woke only applies to those deemed worthy by the namby pamby numbnuts who control what YOU can say. Woke is inclusive of those who identify in a zillion different ways, as long as it isn't vaccine hesitant or God forbid, injured. And it looks like woke excludes Autistic too. Elon’s Musk’s Asperger’s is a very different version of the spectrum from what many of our AofA community have, but that’s no excuse to belittle him. 

"A senior Twitter executive has been caught mocking Elon Musk for having Asperger's, in a video where he also hit out at free speech. Alex Martinez, a lead client partner, was secretly recorded condemning the Tesla billionaire - who could be his next boss - to an undercover reporter at a bar. He claimed the entrepreneur is 'literally special needs... so I can't even take what you're saying seriously' during the lengthy conversation, adding: 'He's a loony tune.'

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From DailyMail.UK

'Twitter exec trashing free speech & mocking people with Asperger's': Elon Musk retweets undercover vid of Twitter exec saying he can't take Tesla CEO 'seriously' due to his Asperger's diagnosis as he boasts about limiting free speech

Alex Martinez, a lead client partner for Twitter, was caught on camera by undercover operatives from Project Veritas
In footage released on Tuesday, Martinez mocks Elon Musk's diagnosis of Asperger's and calls him 'literally special needs'

Musk responded with scorn, tweeting: 'Twitter exec trashing free speech & mocking people with Asperger's …'

Martinez boasts about limiting freedom of speech, and also laughs off a warning not to get caught up in a Project Veritas sting
On Monday Project Veritas published footage of another Twitter employee discussing the company's 'hard left' culture, saying it was 'commie as f***'a

Read the full article HERE, have a barf bag ready.


Laugh or Cry: Researchers Catch Up With Autism Parents 25 Years Later

You don't sayDecades ago, a mentor taught me a saying, "Don't punish progress." It's pretty hard not to scream and shake my fists, "You SHOULD have listened to Andrew Wakefield instead of running him out of town on a rail."  Don't punish progress.  If young autism parents are still paying any attention to biomedical symptoms, causes and treatments, let's hope they read Safeminds' post from Monday.

May 15, 2022

A Bidirectional Relationship Exists Between Internalizing Behaviors and Gastrointestinal Issues

Researchers at the University of Missouri have recently published a study that suggests a connection between gastrointestinal problems, anxiety and social withdrawal for some children with autism. While conducting their study, the authors analyzed parent reports of gastrointestinal issues and internalizing behaviors of 621 minors with autism. The research team used path models in a structural equation modeling framework to further investigate their data. After examining the parental reports, the researchers believed the best-fitting model for this brain/gut phenomenon was a bidirectional model where internalizing behaviors (e.g., withdrawn and anxious behaviors) were associated with gastrointestinal issues (e.g., constipation, diarrhea, nausea and stomach pain). Sadly, this cycle then repeats, causing an endless loop of suffering for children experiencing both GI problems and internalizing behaviors. Co-author Brad Fergson expounds on his team’s work, stating, “Stress signals from the brain can alter the release of neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine in the gut, which control gastrointestinal motility, or the movement of stool through the intestines.” He adds, “Stress also impacts the balance of bacteria living in the gut, called the microbiota, which can alter gastrointestinal functioning. The gut then sends signals back to the brain, and that can, in turn, lead to feelings of anxiety, depression and social withdrawal. The cycle then repeats, so novel treatments addressing signals from both the brain and the gut may provide the most benefit for some kids with gastrointestinal disorders and autism.” Ferguson is currently involved in a clinical trial to assess how stress-reducing medication affects gastrointestinal problems. 

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RFK Jr To Speak At Humanity Against Censorship Rally 5/19 Menlo Park, CA

Humanity-censorship-rfk-jr-free-speech-rally-feature-800x417From Children's Health Defense - whose focus is humanity.

RFK, Jr. to Speak at May 19 ‘Humanity Against Censorship’ Rally

By Susan C. Olmstead

As recently as a year ago, Steve Kirsch was “a believer” of what he was being told about COVID-19 vaccines — in fact, the successful high-tech entrepreneur got both doses of Moderna’s vaccine.

But after doing his own research, Kirsch’s viewpoint changed and he started speaking out against the vaccines — and that led to him being permanently banned from LinkedIn and Twitter, he told Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on an episode of “RFK Jr. The Defender Podcast.”

Kirsch and Kennedy will speak at the “Humanity Against Censorship” rally and demonstration in Menlo Park, California, May 19 at 3 p.m. PT.

Kirsch is executive director of the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation. He’s also the founder of the COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund, an organization involved in researching early treatments for COVID-19.

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Beyond Rainbows and Butterflies

7B805B30-84E2-433F-B6BF-CD9888814B30I saw this post circulating on Facebook yesterday, and had to share it. April was autism whatever you want to call it month. And a quiet one it was. Not as many feel good stories. A few arguments over awareness versus acceptance. Some nattering about the puzzle piece versus the infinity rainbow symbol.  Dr. Bogner, of Bogner Health in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan wrote the post. I was unfamiliar with Dr. Bogner. He's a functional medicine practitioner. It felt affirming to read his words in a world where autism parents are hanging on for dear life behind closed doors. Over twenty years I took Mia and Gianna to their first DAN! (RIP) doctor, a then elderly allergist named Frank Waickman, who was a colleague of Dr. Rimland. After examining Mia and Gianna, he turned to me, 36 years old, pregnant with my third baby, and said, "How are YOU doing, Kim? How are you taking care of yourself." I've never forgotten that moment of human kindness. Thank you, Dr. Bogner, for your affirmation of the struggles.

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To all YOU warriors…

…standing at your son’s ER bed while he is restrained getting injected with antipsychotics for his rage.

…kneeling next to the bathtub at 2am while he is screaming and punching his face.

…screaming while he beats you in the backyard and the neighbors calling the cops.

…pulling over on the expressway while he pulls your hair so hard you almost flipped your car.

…pleading with the cops not to arrest him after he beat up a kid in the supermarket…

…ready to get in the car to pick him up early from school because he is punching himself in the chest 3000 times

…holding him tight at night when he is shaking in bed wondering wtf is going on.

Hardcore autism. That’s the life you live.

And you keep fighting! Because you are cut from a different cloth.

Where we go one, we go all.

#beyondrainbowsandbutterflies

 


A Thousand Steps

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Note: Unlike bread, our incredible library of posts rarely get stale.  Cathy is taking a weekend holiday, so we present a post from December 2018.  Enjoy.

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By Cathy Jameson

Did I tell you?  He’s sleeping through the night. 

Oh, that’s great! 

He wakes up dry, too.

Even better! 

How are his mornings?  Do you get much done?

Well, after I prepare his foods and feed him, he gets just a little break.  Feedings can be tricky because he’s gotten picky about some foods.  After breakfast is over, it’s time for therapy.

Ahh, yes.  Feedings.  I remember those days.  I’m sure he’ll come around. 

How many hours of therapy does he need?

Actually, if he can tolerate it and won’t need to rest midday, we’re going to increase therapy hours after the new year.

That’s wonderful!  What are his latest milestones? Anything finally clicking?

He’s learning to communicate his wants better, and almost staying with an activity through to completion.  He’s showing more signs that bathroom skills may be the next big thing…

Like sitting on the toilet??

Wouldn’t that be a dream come true! 

It would.  Do you think he has the motor skills for it?

I do, but the big question is does he have the sensation for it.  You know, when he’s doing something he wants to do and is really engrossed in the activity, it’s like he can’t even tell he’s soiled his diaper. 

I’ve heard that before.  What else?  Any other self-help skills he’s close to mastering?

He’s getting there…clearing his bowl and plate from the table, tucking in the dining room chair he just sat in, helping make his bed, putting dirty laundry in the laundry room…some basic, typical skills.

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Cars Upon Thars

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The world is in utter turmoil. But here in the USA, where plastic straws are banned and you have to carry your e. coli strewn reusable shopping bags where ever you shop, from coast to coast, idling cars waste $4.75 a gallon gas while waiting half an hour or more for $5.75 cups of 1200 calorie beverages. Obese America. Guzzling gas and GMO beverages while paying lip service to social causes to fit in on social media.

We are a nation of numbskulls and nitwits.

And that's today's mood.



Best of: Autism Tsunami Series by Mark Blaxill

Nothing to see hereWe're approaching the second half of 2022. Another year races on, and real help for autism is at a low point. Go ahead and Google "Autism," just the word. Then look at the news features. Elizabeth Bonker is featured prominently, which is terrific. She's the college Valedictorian who uses spelling to communicate. I will note, and I mean no disrepect to Elizabeth's success, NPR and other news outlets have written that she lost her speech at 15 months.  If she had lost her ability to walk, surely the reports would have said the reason. But regressive autism? Gloss over it and move on. The other news stories are all based on neurodiversity. I suppose we should be grateful there was not a drowning story. Mercury is in retrograde, I'm told. And the world seems to be as broken as can be. I think we should revisit Mark's work. And remember our roots.  Deep and painful as they may be.

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Mark Blaxill Chilren's MarchNOTE:  We'll have an audio file to accompany Anne's transcription.  This is part 1 of a 5 part series. Thank you.

By Anne Dachel

Mark Blaxill Autism Tsunami Part 1

Question 1: Tell us about your study,
Autism Tsunami: the Impact of Rising Prevalence on the Societal Cost of Autism in the United States.  What motivated you and the other authors to look into the future impact of autism? 

Mark: My motivation has been 20 years long. (Inaudible)…and it was pretty obvious for too long, the numbers were exploding.

California and everywhere you looked, the numbers were going up, and that invalidated the orthodox story line.

(Inaudible) Mark dismissed the official claims of better diagnosing/diagnostic substitution.

And we’ve known that for a long time, Anne.

I first started writing about that in 2001, 2003, in that area. I started writing in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders when they started trying to blame it on diagnostic substitution.

It was obvious that the work that they were doing …(inaudible)

I wrote to them. I got some colleagues to write. …

The authors that argued that it was diagnostic substitution had to retract their findings because it was obvious that they were arithmetically wrong.

The rate of autism was going up, and the rate of intellectual disability was not declining.

Then I wrote a paper that was published in 2004, What’s going on? The question of time trends in autism.

I argued that the rates were going up and it was real, all over the world, particularly in the United States and the UK.

I know you focus very heavily on the United States and the UK both of which have rates that are going up.

And then I kept writing about it.

I wrote a book called The Age of Autism.

I wrote another book called Denial, both with Dan Olmsted.

One in 2010 and another in 2017.

You’re kind of screaming at the universe, please pay attention. This is a crisis.

Anne, you do this every day. I do this in longer cycle projects. We’re doing much of the same work.

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Flip The Script

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Note: Please visit Millions Against Medical Mandates

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I posted the above Tweet yesterday, and then posted it on Facebook with a caveat. Caveat means warning.  It read: "Boobies! We set our snark meter to stun on this one. Followed by, Mandate breastfeeding to ease the formula shortage. Medically exempt moms can buy formula. Medical exemptions will only be granted by La Leche League, not your own Dr. It's for the health of babies. Don't complain."  And.... madness ensued in the comments. 

Most readers got it - the irony. Others not so much.  I'm not taking a stance pro or con breastfeeding. I  have three kids who had both. My Mom made formula for my brother with a Karo syrup recipe in 1970. I'm fully aware not every Mom can breastfeed - for reasons personal to her.

The nation would go into an uproar if breastfeeding was "mandated" to stretch the limited supply of formula for those who could not breastfeed. You know, for the greater good of babies. And yet, we just came off of a year and a half where men and women, Moms and Dads lost their jobs, were banned from all aspects of society and ostracized with glee across social and mainstream media for their Covid vaccination choice.  So I wrote a quick Tweet that was meant to point out how crappy medical mandates are.  All of them.

If one person sees that vaccine mandates are just as intrusive as my imaginary Tweet topic was, it was worth losing some Facebook followers.

Silence is submission. I won't be silent.

 

 


US FDA Lowers The Efficacy Bar for Covid Vaccine EUA for Toddlers to 6

Covid toddlerHead shaking report at Children's Health Defense regarding the Emergency Use Authorization Pfizer and Moderna so desperately seek, as a gateway to landing on the CDC Pediatric vaccine schedule, which means guaranteed customers from 2 to eternity.  Can you imagine lowering the bar for efficacy, and subjecting toddlers to a vaccine that could be virtually ineffective yet have all of the risk?  And parents will cheer for the ability to dose their kids, thinking they are protecting them. Remember how that felt, so many years ago? I do.

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COVID Vaccines for Kids Under 6 Won’t Have to Meet 50% Efficacy Standard, FDA Official Says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) top vaccine official told a congressional committee on Friday that COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 6 will not have to meet the agency’s 50% efficacy threshold required to obtain Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

The FDA is reviewing data from Moderna’s two-shot vaccine for infants and toddlers 6 months to 2 years old, and for children 2 to 6 years old.

The agency is awaiting data on Pfizer and BioNTech’s three-dose regimen for children under age 5 after two doses of its pediatric vaccine failed to trigger an immune response in 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds comparable to the response generated in teens and adults.

According to Endpoints News, Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the FDA, told the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis the agency would not withhold authorization of a pediatric vaccine if it fails to meet the agency’s 50% efficacy threshold for blocking symptomatic infections.

COVID-19 vaccines for adolescents, teens and adults had to meet the requirement.

“If these vaccines seem to be mirroring efficacy in adults and just seem to be less effective against Omicron like they are for adults, we will probably still authorize,” Marks said.  Read more at COVID Vaccines for Kids Under 6 Won’t Have to Meet 50% Efficacy Standard, FDA Official Says