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Up In Arms: The Italian Scientists Who Don't Want Their Work Scrutinized!

CorvelvaA new report in Nature News tells of the continuing row between scientists from the University of Padua and the Italian National Order of Biologists (ONB) who have donated €10,000 to CORVELVA - an organization that has campaigned for vaccine freedom since 1993 - to investigate the safety of vaccines have so far collected €50,00o towards this project. The Paduan scientists evidently do not want their work double-checked!

Earlier this year a study commissioned by CORVELVA found that five out of seven vaccines they investigated were non-compliant with manufacturing standards including three vaccines manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline: Priorix Tetra (GSK's MMR brand), Infanrix and PolioInfanrix. In October Vincenzo D'Anna of the ONB told the Corriere de Veneto that GSK had given the University of Padua €150,00o in the last three years. GSK have also been at the heart of political mistrust over vaccines and mandates  in Italy since a pharmaceutical journal reported an interview with the boss of GSK Italy, Daniele Finocchiaro:

"Recently I accompanied our global CEO, Andrew Witty, to Matteo Renzi. The premier told us clearly that he considers - and rightly so - the pharmaceutical sector as strategic for Italy. Further, he said that the pharmaceutical is precisely the future of our country ... I then met also Minister Lorenzin and other members of the government who reiterated the sensitivity of the government to those who invest, create jobs and opportunities for young people. So we started on the right foot. To find such sensitivity in Roman palaces is not to be discounted. As for us, Andrew Witty asked few things: certain rules and stability in the face of very strong investments in Omertaadvanced research and production equipment. We understood each other."

A lot of scientists are now giving "science" a bad name.

The article in Nature by Giorgia Guglielmi also reports:

"The Italian Senate’s health committee is currently debating two bills that would change the 2017 mandatory-vaccine law. One, introduced by Lega senator Paolo Arrigoni, would scrap the requirement to provide proof of vaccination. The other, introduced by Five Star Movement senator Stefano Patuanelli, calls for obligatory vaccinations only in areas where vaccination rates are low, or in cases of epidemics. If approved by the Senate’s health committee, the bills would then have to be voted on by the Senate and the House before they become law."


Reddit War Between Moms Over Vaccination: The Vilification of Healthy Children

Hate FearHere's the nutshell version: A NC Mom uninvited a child to a birthday party because the child is not vaccinated assuming she could sicken another party guest who has a compromised immune system due to cancer treatments. Mad ensued on both sides. How is a healthy child a threat to a child with a compromised immune system? There may have been children who were shedding flu or chicken pox vaccines at the party. Or an adult who had gotten the shingles vaccine.  Were temps taken at the door? Rapid strep tests? Who is the "threat" and why are children being considered "weaponized" because they do NOT have a vaccine? It's part of the troubling trend to demonize vaccine choice. I can't think of one Mom I know who would jeopardize another child willingly. But all children live in a germ and virus filled world. I'd be more afraid of a grocery cart handle or the bathroom stall door at school for my child, than a healthy friend attending a party. Fear breeds hate. Hate breeds violence.

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A North Carolina mother says that another mom lost her cool after her daughter was uninvited to the first daughter's birthday party — due to some very serious health concerns.

A 35-year-old Redditor, who goes by dankmoms on the site, was hosting a birthday party for her seven-year-old daughter when she learned that one of the little girls who'd been invited was not vaccinated.

Unfortunately, her daughter's best friend is a cancer survivor and has a compromised immune system, so getting sick could kill her — leading dankmoms to feel compelled to uninvite the unvaccinated child, sparking the fury of that child's mother. Read more here.


Human papillomavirus immunisation of adolescent girls: improving coverage through multisectoral collaboration in Malaysia

HPV Vaccine On TrialNote: "Universal vaccination" as a goal? Let's hope the authors read The HPV Vaccine On Trial.


BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4602 (Published 07 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4602

https://www.bmj.com/content/363/bmj.k4602

Saidatul Buang and colleagues report on collaborative efforts to introduce HPV vaccination in Malaysia and increase coverage

Human papillomavirus immunisation of adolescent girls: improving coverage through multisectoral collaboration in Malaysia

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women globally.1 Human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 collectively cause 70% of cervical cancers and precancerous cervical lesions.1 The UN joint global programme on cervical cancer prevention and control includes HPV immunisation for girls as one of its three priorities at country level, together with screening and treatment for cervical pre-cancer, and diagnosis and treatment of invasive cervical cancer.2 In Malaysia, the age standardised cervical cancer rate is 7.8 per 100 000 females, making it the third most common cancer in women, with 4352 new cases reported for 2007-11.3 Malaysia’s HPV immunisation programme was introduced in 2010, within a healthcare system that has a credible track record (box 1, table 1). We present a case study of this programme and explore the role of multisectoral collaboration in achieving near universal immunisation of an estimated annual cohort of 250 000 13 year old girls.


Congressman-Elect Mark Green Risks the Green by Questioning Vaccine Safety

TennesseeNote: For decades, politicians who have seen first hand the trauma of vaccine induced autism have abandoned us. Remember Representative Elijah Cummings at the hearings so many year ago - appalled, angry and then... apathetic? Once pharma turns the screws, most politicians fold like cheap lawn chairs.  As you read the article, you may, like me, be at odds with his stances on other topics. Big time.

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A soon-to-be congressman from Tennessee told constituents Tuesday he believed vaccines may be causing autism, questioning data from the Centers for Disease Control and other institutions disproving such a theory.

Not only did Republican Mark Green, a Congressman-elect from Clarksville who is also a medical doctor, express hesitation about the CDC's stance on vaccines, he also said he believed the federal health agency has "fraudulently managed" the data.

His remarks came in response to an audience question at a town hall meeting in Franklin from a woman identifying herself as the parent of a young adult with autism. The woman was concerned about possible cuts to Medicaid funding.

"Let me say this about autism," Green said. "I have committed to people in my community, up in Montgomery County, to stand on the CDC’s desk and get the real data on vaccines. Because there is some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines

"As a physician, I can make that argument and I can look at it academically and make the argument against the CDC, if they really want to engage me on it," Green said.

Despite calls by the anti-vaccination movement for parents not to vaccinate their children against a number of diseases, CDC data disproves the movement's findings.

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Vaccine Injury is the Elephant in the Room Even in India

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Note: How is it that even when vaccine injury is a apparent as an elephant in the room, the push continues to paint vaccines as always safe?  Parents are rightly afraid of the risk, especially in India where so many children were harmed, even killed. It's almost impossible to fathom. For those reading the complete report a "crore" is an Indian unit of 10m and the reference to "41 crore" is to India's 410m children between 1 and 15.

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By Jyoti Pandey, DownToEarth.org

After Gujarat and Punjab, now Uttar Pradesh has lost two children to Measles-Rubella vaccination and several other schoolchildren have fallen sick in Pilibhit and Shahjahanpur districts.

School administrations are now so scared to organise such drives that the government has sought help from the Indian Medical Association to spread awareness among people.

The vaccination drive was launched in UP on January 26 and the same day several cases of children falling sick were reported from various parts of the state. While Kanpur saw admission of 100 school-going children in hospitals, Shahjahanpur reported 30 such cases, Lakhimpur Kheri 22, Mainpuri 12, Unnao 29, Firozabad four and Mahoba and Tundla reported eight cases each.

After both Pilibhit and Shahjahanpur lost one kid each, the health department went into a tizzy. Zainab, 12, a resident of Chandoi village in Pilibhit, fell sick the day after she got vaccinated. She was admitted to a hospital right after she started puking, but she died.

Similarly, Shahjahanpur's Chandpur village saw eight-year-old Prince fall ill two and a half hours after he got the vaccine. He also started puking and the same night he was declared dead, says his father Sudhir Dikshit.

Earlier, Punjab had also witnessed a girl die and several other fall sick. After the death in Bhatinda, the vaccination drive was halted. Even in Gujarat, the kin of the two schoolchildren who died blamed the vaccine for the deaths. The protests forced the state government to launch an investigation.  Read more here.


NYT Reports on Doctors' Conflicts of Interest But Vaccines Are Always Exempt

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Note:  Pharma funds studies. Doctor participate in the studies. Journals publish the studies. Medical schools teach the studies. New doctors believe the studies. Ad nauseam.

The disconnect continues. Readers who fully understand that a doctor with a vested financial interest might skew a study to his or her benefit regarding a drug or medical device are told this never, ever happens in medical journals regarding vaccination. It's patently absurd thinking. The truth is, money talks, safety walks. Profits before patients.  Often. You can't read the entire article because of the paywall unless you are a subscriber. We are not NYT subscribers.  Over the years, they have shown little interest in reporting the truth about autism and vaccine injury. The one "exemption" they approve of, apparently. Yes, the photo is through the looking glass....

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What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry

This article was reported and written in collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit journalism organization.

One is dean of Yale’s medical school. Another is the director of a cancer center in Texas. A third is the next president of the most prominent society of cancer doctors.

These leading medical figures are among dozens of doctors who have failed in recent years to report their financial relationships with pharmaceutical and health care companies when their studies are published in medical journals, according to a review by The New York Times and ProPublica and data from other recent research.

Dr. Howard A. “Skip” Burris III, the president-elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, for instance, declared that he had no conflicts of interest in more than 50 journal articles in recent years, including in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.


"Smart Power": Reasons for Disaffection in Italy, and the Destruction of the Post-War Liberal Order



image from upload.wikimedia.org
by John Stone

The term "smart power" was new to me when I encountered it recently in a British Medical Journal blog as part of the new-speak vocabulary of J Stephen Morrison 'senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and director of its Global Health Policy Center".  Morrison's article is interesting both because it discloses explicitly how 9/11 was made an opportunity  to draw health into the global security agenda of the United States while failing to understand how such a move might result in the shattering of "consensus" and the post war "Western post-war liberal order": "smart power" even if it is smart is not "liberal" and will not lead to consensus. But it also spells out that the global vaccine program has become a covert instrument of US power. If Morrison by any chance laments the passing of the centre-left government in Italy, then perhaps the White House putting Italy and its health minister, Beatrice Lorenzin, in charge of global vaccine strategy was an error.  

Morrison thinks it is a paradox but it is scarcely so if a government is seen to pursue coercive health measures over its citizens at the behest of a foreign power - even those who favor vaccination could be concerned at the state's new found powers over their bodies (which might also be indefinitely extended). If that was not so smart a political move perhaps the technology is not so smart either - as I remarked  to Steven Salzberg a few years ago: "The unwelcome news is that the “cruise missiles and drone helicopters” of the war on disease often hit the wrong target, and the more cruise missiles and drone helicopters you unleash the greater the risk".

Frankly, no one knows what they are going to be injected with next. Smart bombs become too easily the agents of international chaos and mistrust: just so the smart bombs of the war on disease, both for what they can do to your body and what they can do the political landscape, including destabilizing friendly governments. “Smart power” is also duplicitous: Italy is just the surrogate of the US. Why could the citizens of the world not have it directly from the mouth of Obama saying in effect your bodies are not your own and we inject into them what we like?

To make measles a key issue in global security is an unforgivable distortion of policy. It really is not clear why we are at more risk from disease now (apart from by the sinister development of viral technology) than at any time since the end of the Second World War, we are simply being gripped by a new manipulative rhetoric. Nor could we be further from the consensus that gave rise to the Nuremberg Code 70 years ago. Everything we have learnt has been stood on its head.

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Below is a letter I recently wrote to British Medical Journal (unfortunately not so far published):

 

"Smart power": reasons for disaffection in Italy, and the destruction of the post-war liberal order and consensus

Owen Dyer presents a rather incomplete background to recent political events in Italy [1]. The is is not to say that I have any insight into what Giulia Grillo - the Italian Health Minister - intends, but there are  some gaps in the narrative regarding the defeat earlier this year of the  governing centre-left coalition, in which Grillo's predecessor - Beatrice Lorenzin - was a key player over several years. This is to say that there are reasons for discontent which apart from anything else fall well short of outright rejection of vaccination.

In the first place we seldom if ever hear mention in mainstream reports of the appointment of Lorenzin, and Italy, to head global vaccine strategy by the Obama administration in September 2014. An Italian government press release states [2]:

"Washington, 29 September 2014 - Italy will lead vaccination strategies and campaigns in the world over the next five years. This was decided by the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) held last Friday at the White House. Our country, represented by the Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin, accompanied by the President of the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) prof. Sergio Pecorelli, has been commissioned by the Summit of 40 Countries, at which also spoke US President Barack Obama...."

Equally, demonstrators against mandated vaccinations in Summer 2017 will likely have been aware of the statement by GSK's Italian administrator - Daniele Finocchiaro in 2015 [3]:

 "Recently I accompanied our global CEO, Andrew Witty, to Matteo Renzi. The premier told us clearly that he considers - and rightly so - the pharmaceutical sector as strategic for Italy. Further, he said that the pharmaceutical is precisely the future of our country ... I then met also Minister Lorenzin and other members of the government who reiterated the sensitivity of the government to those who invest, create jobs and opportunities for young people. So we started on the right foot. To find such sensitivity in Roman palaces is not to be discounted. As for us, Andrew Witty asked few things: certain rules and stability in the face of very strong investments in advanced research and production equipment. We understood each other."

Citizens may also have been sceptical of Lorenzin's claim that 270 children had died in a recent outbreak of measles in London [3,4], and they may have wondered why ten vaccines had to be mandated to protect against one disease.

It is interesting in this light to view the complaint of  J Stephen Morrison (senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and director of its Global Health Policy Center) in BMJ Opinion that post-war consensus has broken down [5]:

"Global health is a product of the Western postwar liberal international order—an order that is today besieged, says Stephen Morrison"

"In the past two decades, we have witnessed an expansion of investments into global health that have been rooted in humanitarianism, the rule of law, and democracy. Underlying this action have been the principles of multilateralism, alliances, and partnerships. It has been consistently argued that investments outside home borders will not only save and improve lives but also promote economic growth and the stability of communities.

"In surprising and unforeseen ways, global health also benefited enormously from the post 9/11 counter terror doctrine that came to dominate the security strategies of the major Western powers. That doctrine aggressively advanced the argument that uncontrolled infectious diseases pose major transnational threats. It put a spotlight on smaller countries beset by weaker governance and fragile infrastructure, where grave health challenges can fuel armed, internal violence. Counter terror gave rise to the belief that focused investments—“smart power”—would achieve concrete results in improving lives while also winning hearts and minds in a global struggle."

But there is a paradox here that "smart power" is necessarily what everyone wants, or that the consensus is any longer "liberal". The Italian people were in effect being told that they must cede rights over their bodies and those of their children to the state because of the demands of global security strategy (starting apparently in the White House). Even if they accepted ten vaccines where would this end in principle? Could it be that the global strategists are themselves smashing the consensus, by  arrogating extraordinary rights over ordinary people? Morrison assumes this is a benefit of 9/11, but if so it was not one that the citizens of the world were consulted about, it was something which happened within US and global hierarchies and we were all just supposed to do as we were told.

[1] Owen Dyer, 'Italy’s health minister fires country’s top health board', BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5158 (Published 05 December 2018)

[2] John Stone, 'Re: MEPs devise strategy to tackle vaccine hesitancy among public -Echoes of WMD', 26 March 2018, https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k1378/rr

[3] John Stone, 'Re: Too many vaccine mandates subvert measles vaccine update', 24 August 2018, https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k3596/rr-6

[4] John Stone, 'Re: Compulsory vaccination and growing measles threat - Prof Melegaro's response', 21 October 2017, https://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3429/rr-7

[5] J Stephen Morrison,  'Global health disruptors: Decay of the postwar multilateral Western order', BMJ Opinion 29 November 2018, https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2018/11/29/stephen-morrison-decay-of-the-postwar-multilateral-western-order/

 

John Stone is UK and European editor of Age of Autism


An On the Ground Report From Italy On Compulsory Vaccinations

Italy mandatesNote: Davide is an Age of Autism reader and vaccine safety advocate in Italy. We welcome his contribution to AofA!  Grazie!

By Davide Suraci

From Italy, December 6, 2018.

Here is what the mainstream media write about the Italian situation: “Italian health minister Giulia Grillo is expelling many members of the Higher Health Council. The Italian government of no-vax is restoring the freedom of choice for vaccination and to eliminate the obligation of the 10 vaccinations”.

It is not true. In fact, the government elected after the votes of March 4, 2018 and consisting of the "5 Star Movement" and the "Northern League" - mistakenly considered populist parties - have maintained the mandatory vaccination and many unvaccinated children have been excluded from our public and private schools also through the use of police forces.

In these days the law number 770 is being approved, with which the decisions of the previous government would be reconfirmed and made harsher. Mass vaccinations are also planned for medical personnel and teachers. Doctors remain silent and do not want to get vaccinated (only 15% of them are vaccinated). Vaccinations are also foreseen for the renewal of driving licenses and to be able to access the school classes of every order and degree.

The police forces, on the orders of the judiciary, have checked the authenticity of the vaccine certificates delivered by the parents to the schools in order to obtain the right of access for the children to the school.

Many parents have filed complaints to the judiciary for vaccines polluted by metal nanoparticles (discovered by our researchers in nanotechnology materials already 15 years ago in vaccines). An inquiry was opened by the judiciary but seems to have been shelved.

As if this were not enough, we have been activated, also thanks to the Italian association CORVELVA and the National Order of Biologists (ONB), to analyze (from international qualified laboratories) many vaccines from the metagenomic, biological and chemical point of view and we have discovered, for example, in the measles vaccine, the presence of six viruses variant derived from mutations; an entire human genome; in some vaccines the antigens declared on the factsheets and on the datasheets have not been found. In recent chemical analyzes, presences of antiepileptic drugs, Viagra, herbicides and other substances absolutely incompatible with human biology have been identified.

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Italy Drains the Swamp: Fires Every Member of the Higher Health Council

GrilloNote:  The M5S government in Italy is acting on its promises regarding vaccination safety and choice.  Below is the announcement from Giulia Grillo, Health Minister "The hour of change."

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Italian health minister Giulia Grillo has unexpectedly sacked every member of the Higher Health Council, the committee of medical experts chosen to advise the government on health policy.

Grillo, from the populist Five Star Movement, wrote on Facebook that it was “time to give space to the new” after sacking the 30 board members unexpectedly with a formal letter yesterday.

“We are the #governmentofchange and, as I have already done with the appointments of the various organs and committees of the ministry, I have chosen to open the door to other deserving personalities,” she wrote. Read more at TheLocal.it


Ending the Illusion of Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness

IllusionBy Ted Kuntz

After reviewing the vaccine literature for more than 30 years (my son was severely injured by the DPT vaccine in 1984), I’ve come to the realization that the artificial stimulation of the immune system (vaccination) is a fraud. A scam. A massive and pervasive delusion.

I know this is not an easy message to hear. The idea that a medical product is both safe and effective is reassuring. Every parent, out of love and concern for the wellbeing of their children, would want to participate in a medical practice that assures the health of their children. We want to believe in the safety and effectiveness of vaccination. We want to believe that a simple injection of substances will protect our children for life. Unfortunately, vaccine immunity and safety is a myth. A story. A carefully manufactured deception.

What the vaccine literature reveals is that vaccination is not evidence-based medicine. There is an appalling lack of evidence of vaccine safety and effectiveness. We do not know the true extent of harm caused by vaccines because the studies have not been done as required. It is impossible to evaluate the risk-benefit of vaccination with any degree of confidence. Assuming that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks is not science, it is conjecture. This fact is made obvious when one recognizes that we don’t measure health when evaluating vaccination. We measure compliance.

Vaccines are not marketed using facts and scientifically based evidence. Rather, vaccines are marketed using fear and coercion. This is intentional. The activation of fear impacts our ability to see the issues clearly and evaluate the merits of this product logically. The vaccine paradigm is then reinforced using shame and ridicule. The medical industry has traded facts for fear and science for shame.

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Flu data: more FAKE NEWS from the BBC and the British Government

image from upload.wikimedia.orgby John Stone

The BBC was at it again on Friday running a report hinting that 50,000 people had died from flu in the England and Wales during the the 2017-18 season based on newly published data from the Office for National Statistics:

"There were around 50,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2017-18 - the highest since the winter of 1975-76, figures from the Office for National Statistics show...The increase is thought to be down to the flu, the ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine in older people and spells of very cold weather last winter."

One fundamental problem with this is that the government had already published the influenza death toll for the season in May - it was indeed an exceptionally  bad year but it still only meant 320 deaths in England and 372 in the United Kingdom as a whole (which includes Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland):

"Through the USISS mandatory scheme, a total of 3,454 ICU/HDU admissions of
confirmed influenza were reported across the UK from week 40 2017 to week 15 2018,
including 372 deaths, based on combined data from England, Scotland and Northern
Ireland. In England, the total number of influenza confirmed admissions to ICU/HDU
was 3,175 (rate of 0.22 per 100, 000 population) and 320 deaths during the same
period...

"The cumulative number of cases and deaths were higher compared to the 2016 to 2017
season (992 cases (rate of 0.06) and 112 deaths) and to the 2015 to 2016 season
(2,173 cases (rate of 0.14 per 100, 000) and 166 deaths) in England. This season
represents the highest number and rate observed since the beginning of the scheme
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Public Health England, 'Surveillance of influenza and other respiratory viruses in the UK:Winter 2017 to 2018' p. 21

It is also interesting to note that the issue of high mortality for the period came to light early on and was even reported in some national newspapers. In the British Medical Journal Hiam and Dorling wrote in March:

"Within the first seven weeks of 2018, some 93 990 people died in England and Wales.1 Over the same weeks in the previous five years, an average of 83 615 people died..This rise of 12.4%, or 10 375 additional deaths, was not due to the ageing of the population. Ageing is a slow process and leads to slow, not sudden, rises in mortality...An additional person died every seven minutes during the first 49 days of 2018 compared with what had been usual in the previous five years. Why?

"Not the weather or flu

"The weather was unusually mild during the initial weeks of this year—very cold weather did not arrive until late February. The mean temperature was 4.1°C across the UK in January 2018, almost half a degree above the average for this time of year."

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POLITICO, sponsor of FAKE European Health Parliament, whines about web vaccine critics in France

image from www.healthparliament.euBy John Stone

AoA revisits UK and European Editor, John Stone's, exposé from last November of the bogus European Health Parliament, an industry lobby organization supported by POLITICO. POLITICO's credentials for attacking vaccine critics for spreading FAKE NEWS in France are rendered farcical by their sponsorship of this FAKE POLITICAL INSTITUTION.

The European Health Parliament: Bogus Institution Is Industry Front

Our elected politicians may not be a class I collectively respect, but at least they bother to get themselves elected. Recently our friends at the British based journal and group The Informed Parent received a letter announcing:

“My name is Alice Pignacca, Member of the European Vaccine Committee of the European Health Parliament, a platform of 55 young professionals and students with the goal of shaping the future of healthcare in Europe. We work in 5 committees around various topics. Specifically, our committee intends to provide recommendations on vaccination plans, taking into account the reasons for not trusting vaccines.”

What Ms Pignacca – who is requesting information -  does not mention is that the European Health Parliament (which no one had heard of before) but which sounds vaguely plausible, is no more a parliament than you or I are a parliament. It does not have representatives elected by citizens, and it is not an institution of the European Union: it is an unelected body affiliated to Johnson and Johnson, Google, POLITICO, the College of Europe, the European Patients Forum (a group which receives significant funding from most of the major pharmaceutical manufacturers)and Euro40 (a group of Euro MPs under the age of 40). The letter is copied to Matteo Pedralli, who like Pignacca seems to be a student at the 'the College of Europe', an independent educational institution situated in Brussels (one of the two homes of the real European Parliament) and to Chiara Danelli, who works for Johnson and Johnson .

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Dr. David Ayoub Featured in ProPublica New Yorker Story on Child Abuse Testimony

AyoubNOTE: Many of us know or know of Dr. Ayoub. Take a look at how is he branded as "anti-vaxxer" in the headline - as an instant denigration. The trend to discredit continues.  This article is rife with all of the red herrings, unrelated to Dr. Ayoub's work in defending those accused of child abuse - a topic about which we are unschooled. And while we never, ever want to see a child abuser set free, this is a fascinating article.

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An Anti-Vaxxer’s New Crusade Dr. David Ayoub used to be active in the anti-vaccination movement. Now he’s challenging mainstream science again — as an expert witness for accused child abusers.

This story is a collaboration between ProPublica and The New Yorker.

On the morning of April 19, 2016, Melanie Lilliston received an urgent call from the Little Dreamers day care center, in Rockville, Maryland. Her 6-month-old daughter, Millie, was being rushed to the hospital. Doctors there found that Millie had fractured ribs, facial bruises and a severe brain injury. Melanie watched as her daughter was loaded onto a helicopter for emergency transport to Children’s National Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., where doctors discovered more injuries: a fractured leg and arm, as well as bleeding in her eyes. Millie died three days later.

The day care operator, Kia Divband, told police that Millie had started choking while drinking a bottle of milk and lost consciousness. The Montgomery County medical examiner, however, determined that her injuries were caused by blunt force. Investigators discovered, on Divband’s phone and computer, internet searches for “broken bones in children” and “why are bone fractures in children sometimes hard to detect.” A former employer of Divband’s told them that the day before Millie was hospitalized, Divband had called to inquire about a job, and a baby could be heard wailing in the background. Divband told him the baby wouldn’t stop crying and that “he just couldn’t take it anymore,” the former boss recalled. Divband was arrested and charged with fatally abusing Millie.

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More Junk Autism Data From The British Government

image from www.nhs.ukBy John Stone

In my letter to the British government's leading medical adviser, Dame Sally Davies, published in these columns two days ago I commented:

"When the DHSC last surveyed this problem in 2004-5 the overall ASD rate among school children was ~1% which was 5 times higher than the rate for those young people born between 1984-8 mostly before MMR was introduced, as reported in the equivalent 1999 survey. Since then your department has neglected to look at the issue (apart from a couple of failed adult autism surveys) as everything manifestly got worse, year on year."

By a strange coincidence the government published its first survey of child and adolescent mental health (including autism) in 13 years the day after my letter to Davies was dispatched, placing the overall prevalence of autism in English schools at 1.2%, completely out of line with the situation engulfing our schools. My criticisms of the new data have now been published in British Medical Journal Rapid Responses:-

Scepticism regarding the NHS survey 'Mental Health of Children and Young People, 2017' and ASD/PDD

I note the recent comment of Prof Philip Graham in Guardian letters [1] regarding the publication of these figures:

" In addition, the rate of autism spectrum disorder was stable between 2004 and 2017, providing no support for the commonly held view that rates of this disorder are rising."

I doubt even using the figures for the 2017 survey [2] against the 2004 survey [3] that Prof Graham is justified since the overall figure for 2004 is 0.9% and the figure for 2017 is 1.2% and my rudimentary maths makes this an un-negligible 33% rise, while the the level for boys was 250% higher between the 17-19 year-olds and the 5-10 year-olds (1% against 2.5%). I also note that these figures are discrepant from the 2004 survey. For instance the 2017 survey measures the level of autism for boys in the 17 to 19 group at 1% when it was 1.9% 5-10 years in 2004, and this suggests inconsistency. In fact, the survey admits [4]:

"ASD was not associated with age. Rates appeared higher in younger age groups than
older ones (1.5% of 5 to 10 year olds; 1.2% of 11 to 16 year olds; 0.5% of 17 to 19
year olds). However, due to the small number of cases identified in the sample, the
survey was underpowered to detect variation."

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Lordy, Lordy, Autism May Be 1 in 40

Counting t shirtNote: My Lord...  we just keep getting better and better at counting in America. We can find a piece of poop covered romaine in 5 seconds but can't count autism?

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How many American children have autism? The U.S. government answers that question at least three different ways and says the latest estimate — 1 in 40 kids — doesn't necessarily mean the numbers are rising.

The new number, published Monday in Pediatrics , is from one of three periodic surveys the government uses to assess autism rates. It's higher than a different survey's estimate published earlier this year, but the surveys use different methods and measure different populations of kids so the results aren't really comparable.

Because there's no medical test, "autism spectrum disorder is a particularly challenging condition to track," government researchers wrote in the Pediatrics report.

Read more at ABC News.


The Junk Safety Science Which Underpins UK Government MMR Vaccine Policy

image from religion.ua.eduBy John Stone

I recently wrote to Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer of England and to the British government, asking her for the basis of her statement to the BBC regarding MMR: "It's a safe vaccination - we know that", and was a lucky enough to receive a reply (letter of 12 November, from which I extract):

Specifically in relation to whether MMR vaccines may be a cause of autism, a substantial body of population-based research has found no evidence to suggest a causal association. This evidence (not just for MMR, but other types of vaccine) is available for review in the published medical literature, and was summarised in a meta-analysis in 2014 which is free to download (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X14006367?via%3Dihub).

In relation to vaccine safety monitoring more generally, I can assure you that systems are in place to keep safety under review. This includes continual review of suspected adverse reaction reports (such as those submitted through the Yellow Card Scheme), evaluation of GP and hospital-based health records linked to immunisations, review of worldwide data and close collaboration with international health authorities.

It is noteworthy that the "meta-analysis" by Luke E Taylor is identical to the one cited by Thomas Insel to a US Congressional committee in 2014, but it constitutes no more than a bureaucratic fig-leaf. Dame Sally - who is the UK's leading government adviser on medical matters - ought to be able to do a lot better than this if every child is to be subjected to these products. It is, if anything, a rather naive response citing a shallow collection of studies which were published under political pressure decades after the policy was introduced. I have since attempted a conscientious and detailed reply:

 

21 November 2018

Dear Dame Sally,

Thank you for your letter of 12 November. I would point out that though you are quite right I am concerned about the rise in autism I specifically asked about the evidence base for MMR safety. That said it is reasonable to point out autism for a whole host of reasons is a much more serious problem in modern Britain (and elsewhere) than measles. When the DHSC last surveyed this problem in 2004-5 the overall ASD rate among school children was ~1% which was 5 times higher than the rate for those young people born between 1984-8 mostly before MMR was introduced, as reported in the equivalent 1999 survey. Since then your department has neglected to look at the issue (apart from a couple of failed adult autism surveys) as everything manifestly got worse, year on year [1,2].

As it is, a recent survey carried out by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland showed that the rate had risen from 1.2% in 2009 to 2.9%, while in Belfast it was as high as 4.7%. Moreover, 60% are educational Stage 5 [3], ie the most severe level of disability, so these are not cases that could previously have been missed because somehow subliminal. Educational data from across the nation and reports of collapse in educational services in the media testify that Northern Ireland is not an isolated case, but just better documented [4].

Regarding the meta-review by Taylor 'Vaccines are not associated with autism' [5] which you cited I note that there are just six MMR related studies included all of which have major problems. Three of the studies show apparent protective effect of MMR vaccines against autism (Madsen 8% [6], Smeeth 14% or 22% [7] and Mrozek-Budzyn 83%!!! [8]) which suggests bias. Of the Madsen paper Cochrane 2005 warned [9]:

"The follow up of diagnostic records ends one year (31 Dec 1999) after the last day of admission to the cohort. Because of the length of time from birth to diagnosis, it becomes increasingly unlikely that those born later in the cohort could have a diagnosis"

It remains troubling that as with a number of studies from this Danish group the co-ordinator on behalf of US Centers for Diseases Control, Poul Thorsen, is wanted for financial fraud from the CDC, though not extradited to the US now after nearly 8 years [10].

Of the De Stefano paper Cochrane commented [9]:

“The conclusion, however, implied bias in the enrollment of cases which may not be representative of the rest of the autistic population of the city of Atlanta, USA where the study was set.”

And indeed in 2014 the paper was repudiated by one of the leading authors, William Thompson [11]:

“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

The study by Smeeth [7] is compromised by its patchy data source, the General Practice Research Database where the autism rate represented is perhaps only one tenth of cases diagnosed [12]. Cochrane commented [9]:

“In the GPRD - based studies (Black 2003; Smeeth 2004) the precise nature of controlled unexposed to MMR and their generalisability was impossible to determine…”

It remains problematic whether the unvaccinated in this study were genuinely unvaccinated.

Of the Uchiyama study [13] Cochrane commented [14]:

“The cohort study of Uchiyama 2007 was potentially affected by a different type of bias, considering that the participants were from a private clinic and that definitions of applied Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) diagnosis and of methods used for ASD regression ascertainment were not clearly reported.”

And the Uno study [15] will suffer from similar issues since the cases came from the same clinic. Moreover, in both instances the studies were far too small (904 persons and 413) to necessarily provide any clear result even if they had been better controlled.

Nor can the Taylor meta-analysis [5] cover up the entire absence of pre-marketing studies. In 1988-9 when the British government was persuaded to introduce Pluserix, MMR2 and Imravax there were no safety studies at all, and successive governments have been forced into the defence of a policy which they had embarked on without safety evidence.

As to the robustness of the yellow card reporting system I note the recent correspondence in the columns of BMJ On-Line regarding monitoring of Pandemrix vaccine from Wendy E Stephen and Clifford G Miller [16], which has serious implications for how the MHRA monitor all products. The MHRA has, of course, the ultimate conflict of being entirely funded by the manufacturers. It may be mentioned that in 1992 the Pluserix and Imravax vaccines were withdrawn not apparently by the British Government concerned about patient safety but by the manufacturers catching the government on the hop [17].

We are confronting a catastrophic situation among our young people with chronic illness replacing infectious illness as the main issue and cost to the state, and laying the emphasis on infectious diseases (with endless hate campaigns in the media against critics labelled “anti-vaxxers”) is a distraction, and a distortion of policy. It would be unfortunate if ministers were being advised about the safety of the programme on such a threadbare and inadequate basis. Re-examining the policy is both essential and urgent.

[1] John Stone,  ‘Response to David Oliver I (The Indisputable Rise in Autism)’, BMJ Rapid Responses 28 August 2018, https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k3596/rr-12

[2] John Stone, ‘What about autism?’ BMJ Rapid Responses, 21 August 2018, https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k3596/rr-0

[3] Information Analysis Directorate 'The Prevalence of Autism (including Asperger Syndrome) in School Age Children in Northern Ireland 2018', published 10 May 2018, https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/health/asd-children-ni-2018.pdf

[4] Responses to Viner RM, 'NHS must prioritise health of children and young people', https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k1116/rapid-responses

[5] Luke E Taylor et al, ‘Vaccines are not associated with autism: An evidence-based meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies’, Vaccine 2014, https://autismoevaccini.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/vaccines-are-not-associated-with-autism.pdf

[6] Madsen et al, ‘A Population-Based Study of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccination and Autism’, NEMJ 2002, https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa021134

[7] Smeeth et al, ‘MMR vaccination and pervasive developmental disorders: a case-control study.’ Lance 2004, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15364187

[8] Mrozek-Budzyn et al, ‘Lack of association between measles-mumps-rubella vaccination and autism in children: a case-control study.’ Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal 2010, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19952979

[9] Demicheli et al, ‘Vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella in children.’, Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005 Oct 19;(4):CD004407.

[10]  Office of Inspector General, US Department of Health and Human Services, Fugitive Profiles, https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/fugitives/profiles.asp

[11] https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/WorkGroups/House%20Health%20Care/Bills/H.98/Witness%20Testimony/H.98~Jennifer%20Stella~William%20Thompson%20Statement~5-6-2015.pdf

[12] John Stone, ‘An old story: the GPRD does not provide credible autism data’ 11 February 2014 https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/3/10/e003219.responses

[13] Uchiyama et al, ‘MMR-vaccine and regression in autism spectrum disorders: negative results presented from Japan.’ J Autism Dev Disord. 2007 Feb;37(2):210-7.

[14] Demicheli et al, ‘Vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella in children.’, Cochrane Systematic Review - Intervention Version published: 15 February 2012, https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD004407.pub3/full

[15] Uno et al, ‘The combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines and the total number of vaccines are not associated with development of autism spectrum disorder: the first case-control study in Asia’, Vaccine. 2012 Jun 13;30(28):4292-8. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.01.093. Epub 2012 Apr 20.

[16] Responses to Godlee, ‘A tale of two vaccines’ BMJ 2018, https://www.bmj.com/content/363/bmj.k4152/rapid-responses

[17] Report, BMJ 26 September 1992, https://www.bmj.com/content/305/6856/777

When your government, the BBC or the mainstream media tell you that MMR is safe,  this the best that the British government can do. After three decades of pure bluster they need to go back to the drawing board.

 

 


Debating mandatory or voluntary vaccination is ‘absolutely useless’, says EU health chief

Risk choiceNote: Here in the USA, vaccination is nudging out abortion as a medical/political football.  Jabber? Meet Wocky. Upside? Meet Down.   You can abort your baby, but if born, you no longer have the right to make medical choices that carry serious risk.

The women's empowerment movement, which is all about choice and protecting one's own body, has thrown mothers, daughters, sisters, nieces under the bus when it comes to vaccination.  Should we really trust "experts" Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician, technically a medical "expert" is at the heml as in California? By encouraging doctors to run for office and funding their campaigns, pharma has the perfect combination weapon to impose the purchase, sale and use of its goods - vaccines.   Perhaps politicians could think for themselves, not just with the lobbyist whispering in their ears and lining their coffers whether an MD or not.

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Medical experts, not politicians, should decide whether vaccination should be mandatory or not, EU health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told reporters on Thursday (21 November), adding that the only relevant objective is to reach maximum coverage.

Andriukaitis was speaking at the launch of the Health at a Glance report, which compares the performance of national health systems across Europe.

Vaccination stole the show at the event, which saw the Commissioner pressed by reporters to answer questions about the ongoing debate in Italy.

According to Andriukaitis, whether to opt for voluntary or mandatory vaccination is an artificial discussion that is “absolutely useless”, repeating his earlier claim that the only relevant issue is how to reach a maximum level of vaccination coverage.

The Lithuanian Commissioner cited the example of the Netherlands, which guarantees a very high level of coverage using a fully voluntary method.

“We can use different or even a combination of schemes,” he said, adding that it is up to epidemiologists, medical doctors, scientists and immunologists to suggest which instrument is more effective.  Read more at EurActive.


Thanksgiving Tricks and Treats

Barbie ThanksgivingTomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving in America.  Many of us have had to radically alter family traditions to help our kids with autism navigate holidays. Food is the focus, and a traditional dinner is loaded with gluten, casein and other behavior triggers. I remember one holiday when my sister put butter on the green beans and I went ballistic. It wasn't a pretty as a picture Holiday moment. Below is an article with some basic ideas to help make a holiday easier for a child with special needs. For us old timers, it's rather basic, but good reminders that we must  make each holiday fit our family, no matter where we may be.  Let us know your tricks that make the holiday a treat.

From MetroKids:

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and to give thanks for the many gifts we experience in our lives every day. While it’s a wonderful and meaningful tradition, it can be an emotional obstacle course for families of children and adolescents with special needs. Here are a few tips from Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in Villanova, PA on how to transform the holiday season into something special, exciting and supportive for everyone.

1. Prepare: Before making a trip to celebrate with family, or having family at your house, take time to prepare your child for the upcoming journey or family gathering. Using short, descriptive sentences. Pictures from prior years can be a big help.

2. Maintain routine as much as possible: It can be difficult to maintain a routine during family gatherings, but upholding some elements of your child’s routine can be helpful for everyone. Eat dinner at your usual time. And bring activities, games and devices that will bring your child comfort.

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Part 2 Did A Vaccine Experiment on US Soldiers Cause "The Spanish Flu" Epidemic?

Spanish fluBy Kevin Barry, President
First Freedoms, Inc.

November 19, 2018

Part 2 of a 6 part series
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Introduction

The “Spanish Flu” killed an estimated 50-100 million people during a pandemic 1918-19. What if the story  we have been told about this pandemic isn’t true? What if, instead, the killer infection was neither the flu nor Spanish in origin? Newly analyzed documents reveal that the “Spanish Flu” may have been a military vaccine experiment gone awry. In looking back on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we need to delve deeper to solve this mystery.

Summary from Part 1 (1):

  • More soldiers died from disease than bullets during WWI.
  • The Spanish Flu was neither Spanish, nor Flu. According to a 2008 study by the U.S. National Institute of Health, the “predominant” killer in 1918-19 was bacterial pneumonia, and the first cases were not in Spain.
  • Initial outbreaks can be traced to U.S. military bases.  A bacterial vaccine experiment on soldiers at Fort Riley, Kansas is one of the military epicenters of the epidemic.
  • The serums. Anti-toxins and vaccines used on soldiers were made in horses at the Rockefeller Institute in New York (and in NJ). The same horses were used “in the preparation of diphtheria, tetanus antitoxin and antimeningococcus serum.”  Same horses, multiple pathogens.
  • When WW1 ended on November 11, 1918, soldiers returned to their home countries and colonial outposts, spreading the killer bacterial pneumonia worldwide.
  • During WW1, the Rockefeller Institute also sent similar batches of the antimeningococcic serum used at Fort Riley to England, France, Belgium, Italy and other countries.
  • Vaccine experiments like the WWI experiments on soldiers in WW1 are not a thing of the past.  Watch as Dr. Stanley Plotkin,(2) the Godfather of the US vaccine program, describes his vaccine experiments on the mentally handicapped, orphans, children of mothers in prison.  Dr. Plotkin expresses a preference for experimenting “on children and adults who are human in form but not in social potential.” The deposition was taken in January 2018.

In Part 1, I asked if medical products made in horses may have played a role in the new disease which killed millions worldwide in the pandemic of 1918-19.

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Strange Story from UK: Autistic Students Tricked into Thinking They are Wrong Gender

TransgenderNOTE: This story seems...  well, queer, in the Alice in Wonderland old fashioned meaning of the word.  How is it that moderate to severe children with autism make up a third of patients at a gender identity clinic?  My girls could be considered to have moderate to severe autism - and never be able to explain to me or a doctor that they feel they are the wrong gender. The puberty blocking drug mentioned - is it LUPRON the highly controversial drug that halts precocious puberty and was presented as an autism treatment for children with high mercury levels almost two decades ago? The story mentions a transgender agenda.  Does any such thing exist and why? Perhaps children born into a phalate and glyphosate filled world with hormone laden dairy and meat and poultry and an immune system catapulted by numerous vaccinations are truly being gender changed. Really not sure what to make of this story. Would value your thoughts.  Kim

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School has SEVENTEEN children changing gender as teacher says vulnerable pupils are being 'tricked' into believing they are the wrong sex.|

An astonishing 17 pupils at a single British school are in the process of changing gender, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Most of the youngsters undergoing the transformation are autistic, according to a teacher there, who said vulnerable children with mental health problems were being ‘tricked’ into believing they are the wrong sex.

The whistleblower says few of the transgender children are suffering from gender dysphoria – the medical term for someone who feels they were born in the wrong body – but are just easily influenced, latching on to the mistaken belief they are the wrong sex as a way of coping with the problems caused by autism.

Earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday revealed that a third of youngsters referred to the NHS’s only gender identity clinic for children showed ‘moderate to severe autistic traits’.  Read more at Daily Mail.


Papers Please. Fear the Caravan of Unvaccinated Children!! Undocumented Danger!

Screw fearI don't know which is worse here, the story or the horribly overwrought ad filled visual nightmare of a website called The Lakewood Scoop.   There are measles cases in Lakewood. Remember measles? The Brady Bunch had them. Wilma Flintstone had them.  Frank Sinatra sang, "I've had the measles and the mumps..." From Lakewood, New Jersey, the pharma and chemical heart of the USA.

"Approximately 50 Lakewood teachers say they are not returning if unimmunized children are allowed back in school."

This is likely the teachers UNION telling the teachers what to do.  Schools make  money from flu shot clinics and are an arm (pardon the turn of the phrase) of the local public health office. The comments from readers are disgusting as well. 

Another story from Lakewood:

LAKEWOOD — Schools, businesses and officials got serious about the spread of measles in an Ocean County community over the weekend, as confirmation of several potential additional cases is pending.

Four cases of measles were confirmed in Lakewood last week by the Ocean County Health Department. Four more potential cases are under investigation but lab results will not be back until Wednesday, according to OCHD spokesman Dan Regenye.

At least two businesses — a workout facility called The Gym and the Snaps Kosher restaurant — have banned customers who are not immunized. The Gym went so far as to require proof of immunization be presented.

Schools in 2018 are working to prevent bullying of all students - except the un- or undervaccinated.  A Kosher restaurant and gym also refused to serve the "unvaccinated."  The gym required, Papers Please.....  It's a slimey slope to forced vaccination and outright violence toward anyone - mostly children if you think about it - who is not fully vaccinated.   

I hope every adult in that area who thinks our kids who are not fully vaxxed are a danger lines up for ALL of the booster shots needed. The ENTIRE pediatric schedule - clear  your calendars folks! Roll up your sleeves and do your duty to protect others. Let us know how that works out for you. 

We will NOT be the last group in America to be protected by civil rights. NEIN.


Letter to HHS Secretary Azar on Contradictory Vaccine Safety Positions Held by HHS

62D0DF49-7658-4D46-A9C7-6A63E8F4981Dby Ginger Taylor, MS

Did you know that the Secretary of HHS, Alex Azar, holds FOUR different opinions on the question, "Do Vaccines Cause Autism?"

I decided to write him a letter about it:

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"November 11, 2018

Dear Secretary Azar,

I am the mother of a vaccine injured child, and I am looking for an explanation as to how four of your departments within HHS can hold four different positions on the question: "Do Vaccines Cause autism?"

At present, as the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, you currently hold four incompatible positions on the relationship between vaccines and autism in the four different departments that you manage and that contribute information to the public on vaccine safety.

In answering the question, "Are vaccines linked to autism?" Your responses are:

The Health Resources Services Administration's position is: Yes.

David Bowman, a spokesman for HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration commenting on a case of vaccine encephalopathy and autism responded:

“[Vaccine Induced] Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizuresi.”

The Food and Drug Administration's position can be summed up as: Maybe sometimes.
On the FDA approved Tripedia vaccine insert:

"Adverse events reported during post-approval use of Tripedia vaccine include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, SIDS, anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence and apnea. Events were included in this list because of the seriousness or frequency of reporting. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencies or to establish a causal relationship to components of Tripedia vaccineii."

The National Institutes of Health's position can be summed up as: Probably not.
While NIH has not responded to my request for an official position statement on the matter, Dr. Francis Collins wrote on June 13th of 2017 in his NIH Director's Blog, in a post entitled Autism Spectrum Disorder: Progress Toward Earlier Diagnosis:

"Research shows that the roots of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) generally start early—most likely in the womb. That’s one more reason, on top of a large number of epidemiological studies, why current claims about the role of vaccines in causing autism can’t be rightiii."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assert: Absolutely not.

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Tricare Reviews ABA As Therapy for Autism

TricareLast month, we wrote a post in support of Dr. Bob Sears, a California pediatrician who was dropped by TRICARE. He saw more than 500 insurance military families in his practice, many of whom had a child on the spectrum. TRICARE is in the news again.

When you are a parent of a young child with an ASD diagnosis, you learn quickly that your pediatrician is likely, at best, a referral source for Early Intervention, school based services and specialists. My girls saw a terrific Physician Assistant whose own father was a pediatrician. She cares. She really wanted to help my girls. She admitted she had nothing in her toolbox - nothing. She helped me with everything I had researched and asked for - but relied on me, the parent, to guide her. Imagine if that were the case with cancer or broken bones? It's as ridiculous today as it was 22 years ago when I started this autism journey.

A recent article in The News Tribune (below) reports that Tricare is re-evaluating ABA therapy, once the "gold standard" of autism treatment, in demand and hard to come by, despite recommendations for up to 30 hours a week for young children by well known institutions like Ladders in Massachusetts. ABA is expensive. Wicked expensive as we say in Boston. $261,000,000 annually for Tricare expensive. You bet your Boston Baked Beans they are going to evaluate it.  All insurance companies who have started paying for services for autism are waking up to the monumental expense. As are schools. But this review is not new.

In 2013, Sarah Stockwell wrote a post for us about Tricare's changes to ABA for military families.

Military families with a child with autism are used to fighting. The service members fight on the battlefield when deployed and the spouses, with constant military moves in and out of states and school districts fight for their childrens’ right to an appropriate education as well as the daily battle to raise a child in a world they are ill-equipped for and vice versa. One fight that military families with children with autism should not have to face however is the battle to ensure their children receive appropriate medical care. There are estimated to be over 20,000 military children with autism.

One such fight is gearing up in the military community right now. Tricare, the military healthcare provider has made drastic changes to the way it provides ABA therapy for military dependents with autism spectrum disorders and these changes are due to take effect on the 25th of July.

Military families have been campaigning for years to improve access to autism therapies for their children and until now, have been making progress. There was a semi-victory in this respect for coverage for retiree families and wounded warriors, when a ‘pilot program’ was included in the recent NDAA. Shortly after Tricare announced (later than was originally required) the details of this pilot program in June, advocates in the community noticed that Tricare had made unannounced, extensive changes to the eligibility criteria and method of access for ABA under Tricare, which would apply to the children of both active duty troops, retirees and wounded warriors.

Beyond the expense, let's talk about my personal experience long term efficacy. As a Mom to three adult daughters on the spectrum, I can tell you that discrete trial, prompt based training for a decade or more creates an adult who may have a hard time fitting into the adult services world.  Now, for those children for whom ABA helps guide them to the highest end of the spectrum, or even OFF the spectrum, that's great. But for many families, the systems ingrained into our kids are not in place in the adult services world. My DDS behaviorist is a PhD and mother of 4 children on the spectrum herself. She has talked to my school district many times about fading prompts, stopping the "click" mentality by the high school years. To no avail. My girls' day program is one of the only programs in my area that has a behaviorist team. Most do not.  They don't know from ABA. They are used to serving adults with Down Syndrome and other ID diagnoses.  The autism epidemic is only just recently aging out into adult services.

Here's the article below.  Share your thoughts on how ABA has worked for your child in the comments.

TRICARE looking for the right mix of therapies for children with autism

Nearly 15,000 military children with autism receive Applied Behavorial Analysis (ABA) services, usually 20 or more hours of therapy a week, to learn desired behaviors and douse undesirable behaviors under a demonstration program offered through TRICARE, the military’s health insurance benefit.

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Did A Vaccine Experiment on US Soliders Cause "The Spanish Flu" Epidemic?

  Spanish fluWe invite you to visit Kevin Barry's organization, First Freedoms, Inc.

By Kevin Barry, President
First Freedoms, Inc.

November 7, 2018

First in a series

The “Spanish Flu” killed an estimated 50-100 million people during a pandemic 1918-19. What if the story we have been told about this pandemic isn’t true? What if, instead, the killer infection was neither the flu nor Spanish in origin? Newly analyzed documents reveal that the “Spanish Flu” may have been a military vaccine experiment gone awry. In looking back on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we need to delve deeper to solve this mystery.

Summary

  • The reason modern technology has not been able to pinpoint the killer influenza strain from this pandemic is because influenza was not the killer.
  • More soldiers died during WWI from disease than from bullets.
  • The pandemic was not flu. An estimated 95% (or higher) of the deaths were caused by bacterial pneumonia, not influenza/a virus.
  • The pandemic was not Spanish.The first cases of bacterial pneumonia in 1918 trace back to a military base in Fort Riley, Kansas.
  • From January 21 – June 4, 1918, an experimental bacterial meningitis vaccine cultured in horses by the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York was injected into soldiers at Fort Riley.
  • During the remainder of 1918 as those soldiers – often living and traveling under poor sanitary conditions – were sent to Europe to fight, they spread bacteria at every stop between Kansas and the frontline trenches in France.
  • One study describes soldiers “with active infections (who) were aerosolizing the bacteria that colonized their noses and throats, while others—often, in the same “breathing spaces”—were profoundly susceptible to invasion of and rapid spread through their lungs by their own or others’ colonizing bacteria.” (1)
  • The “Spanish Flu” attacked healthy people in their prime. Bacterial pneumonia attacks people in their prime. Flu attacks the young, old and immunocompromised.
  • When WW1 ended on November 11, 1918, soldiers returned to their home countries and colonial outposts, spreading the killer bacterial pneumonia worldwide.
  • During WW1, the Rockefeller Institute also sent the antimeningococcic serum to England, France, Belgium, Italy and other countries, helping spread the epidemic worldwide.

During the pandemic of 1918-19, the so-called "Spanish Flu" killed 50-100 million people, including many soldiers. Many people do not realize that disease killed far more soldiers on all sides than machine guns or mustard gas or anything else typically associated with WWI.

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Meet The Authors of HPV Vaccine on Trial in Rye, NY November 8

Hpv presentation Rye NY


You're invited to meet the authors of this important book from Skyhorse Publishing called HPV Vaccine on Trial this Thursday, in Rye New York.

A Groundbreaking Exposé to the HPV Vaccine and the Science, Safety, and Business Behind It

Cancer strikes fear in people’s hearts around globe. So the appearance of a vaccine to prevent cancer–as we are assured the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will–seemed like a game-changer. Since 2006, over eighty countries have approved the vaccine, with glowing endorsements from the world’s foremost medical authorities. Bringing in over $2.5 billion in annual sales, the HPV vaccine is a pharmaceutical juggernaut. Yet scandal now engulfs it worldwide.

The HPV Vaccine on Trial is a shocking tale, chronicling the global efforts to sell and compel this alleged miracle. The book opens with the vaccine’s invention, winds through its regulatory labyrinths, details the crushing denial and dismissal of reported harms and deaths, and uncovers the enormous profits pharma and inventors have reaped. Authors Holland, Mack Rosenberg, and Iorio drill down into the clinical trial data, government approvals, advertising, and personal accounts of egregious injuries that have followed in countries as far-flung as Japan, Australia, Colombia, India, Ireland, the U.K. and Denmark. The authors have written an unprecedented exposé about this vaunted vaccine.

Written in plain language, the book is for everyone concerned – parents, patients, doctors, nurses, scientists, healthcare organizations, government officials, and schools. Ultimately, this book is not just about the HPV vaccine, but about how industry, government, and medical authorities may be putting the world’s children in harm’s way.


Conference on HPV Vaccine London 11 November 2018

HpvNote: For our London area readers, we invite you to share this important event with all families of tweens, teens and young adults. Male and female as the HPV vaccine is being recommended for males and females alike, despite its launch as a cervical cancer prevention vaccine. I know we're called "anti-science" here at AofA, but we DO know boys do not have a cervix.... 

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Register here.

TABERNACLE, NOTTING HILL, London W11 2AY

Conference discussing the controversies surrounding the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV). Hosted by Research Journalist and Author - Christina England BA Hons and Author - Amanda Dew BSc Hons

Speakers for the day are:

Keynote speaker - Dr. Graham Downing - Consultant healthcare practitioner with areas of
expertise in Neuro-musculoskeletal & Functional Medicine, with special interest in infection, fertility, endocrine & neuro-developmental disorders

Brandy Vaughan - Ex-Merck pharma rep turned REAL HEALTH advocate. Founder of LearnTheRisk.org #beBRAVE #betheCHANGE

Leslie Carol Botha - Womans Health Educator and Hormone Expert - USA

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Children’s Health Defense on The Sickest Generation

Chd-logoMore than 54% of American children are suffering from one or more chronic illnesses, with the late 1980s and early 1990s viewed as the gateway period that launched the decline. Autism, ADHD, asthma and allergies have doubled since that time, with autism now one in 34 children in some regions. Pediatric autoimmune conditions are also on the rise, and the proportion of public school children using special education services is estimated at 13% to 25% of school populations. Mounting evidence indicates environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides as the principal culprits, while studies link vaccines and toxic vaccine ingredients to a wide range of adverse health outcomes, including seizures, neurodevelopmental disorders, and infant death. As the medical, public health, and government circles remain silent on the social and economic fallout from these toxic exposures, American children have never been so sick.

Our comprehensive white paper, The Sickest Generation: The Facts Behind the Children’s Health Crisis and Why it Needs to End covers these chronic illness and more, along with the causes and the steps you need to take to protect your children now.  Read more at the Children’s Health Defense site.


Election Day 2018 in USA

VOTE!

I created this silly graphic for Facebook many years ago. Today, it's not quite as much funny as it is true.  While we can not and will not tell you for whom to vote, we'd like to know what issues are driving you to the polls today.  Or driving you away from politics altogether. It's been a mess in social media as factions have become so sharp as to rival civil war.


Petition Letter to Danish Minister of Health against Dismissal of Peter Gøtzsche

The story of Dr. Peter Gøtzsche and scientific integrity continues.  This petition below hopes to stave off his dismissal from the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen following his expulsion from Nordic Cochrane. Whatever the alleged reasons for the sacking of Gøtzsche from Rigshospitalitet few can doubt that as with his sacking from the Cochrane Group in September when four other directors resigned in protest that this is connected both with his stand on the commercialization of science, and his stand on the dangers of HPV vaccines in particular. This shows that it does not matter how prominent or highly regarded a scientist is governments will move to isolate and persecute them if they challenge policy. Until Nordic Cochrane began their stand against European Medical Agency over HPV vaccines in 2016 Gøtzsche  had by no means been a vaccine critic - best known for his stand over SSRI antidepressants - but for the powers that be vaccines were a step to far. The harms of HPV vaccine were however far too blatant to be ignored. The Nordic Cochrane Complaint took on issues such as conflict of interest, suppression of data and the safety of aluminium adjuvants, which are used in many other vaccines, and in the end it proved not only to be EMA that were failing to protect the public against the industry, but the European Ombudsman's office from the EMA.

  
From the Petition - do click over even if only to read the pleas from fellow scientists and physicians on his behalf.

Dear Minister of Health of Denmark Ellen Trane Nørby:

We are writing to express our concern over the possible dismissal of Peter Gøtzsche from his job at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. We feel that Dr. Peter Gøtzsche´s work at the Nordic Cochrane Centre has been an important service to patients, taxpayers and the scientific community in Europe and globally. For many years the prestigious activity and publications of Dr. Gøtzsche have played a pivotal role in favour of the transparency of clinical data, the priority of public health needs and the defence of rigorous medical research carried out independently of conflicts of interest. The recent crisis within the Cochrane Collaboration that involved Dr. Gøtzsche and many other prominent long-time members of Cochrane should be seen in this light. Read and SIGN HERE.

From September 2018

Note: Striking letter below from Dr. Peter Gøtzsche , Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre. Please see the original pdf letter here.  Background: What is Cochrane?

The Cochrane Collaboration is a global independent network of researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, and other people interested in health. Cochrane contributors, from more than 130 countries, work together to produce reliable systematic reviews of the benefits and harms of healthcare interventions that are free from commercial sponsorship. These reviews are recognised as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. Many of our contributors are world leaders in their fields and our groups are situated in some of the world’s most respected academic and medical institutions.

Contributors are affiliated with the organisation through Cochrane groups, which are healthcare related review groups, thematic networks, groups concerned with the methodology of systematic reviews, and regional centres. There is no one place or office that is 'Cochrane'. Our contributors and groups are based all around the world. Each group is a 'mini-organization' in itself, with its own funding, website, and workload.

The Nordic Cochrane Centre

The Nordic Cochrane Centre was established in 1993, the same year as the Cochrane Collaboration. The centre has contributed substantially to Cochrane, particularly within research and IT development. We also co-author guidelines on standards for good reporting of research: CONSORT for transparent reporting of trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and SPIRIT for trial protocols. These standards have been endorsed by many prominent scientific journals.

Cochrane reviews are being widely used in the area serviced by the Nordic Cochrane Centre and associated centres, with over 449,000 articles downloaded in 2016. This is an increase of 32% since 2015.

The Nordic Cochrane Centre has also worked closely with the Danish National Board of Health in producing evidence-based national clinical guidelines. The centre is primarily funded by the Danish Government, who also fund the national subscription to the Cochrane Library, ensuring free access for all people living in Denmark. If you would like to know more about our most downloaded reviews, please see our information about the Cochrane Library.

Director of The Nordic Cochrane Centre   Peter_bertel_photo_profile_image

Professor Peter C Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975-1983, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. With about 80 others, he helped start The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 with the founder, Sir Iain Chalmers, and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became a professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen.  In 2017, he was elected to the Cochrane Governing Board, the Cochrane Collaboration's uppermost authority.

Peter has published more than 70 papers in "the big five" (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Ann Intern Med and N Engl J Med) and his scientific works have been cited 30,000 times (his H-index is 63 according to Web of Science). Peter is author of:

  • Deadly psychiatry and organised denial (to appear in September 2015)
  • Deadly medicines and organised crime: How big pharma has corrupted health care (2013)
  • Mammography screening: truth, lies and controversy (2012)
  • Rational diagnosis and treatment: evidence-based clinical decision-making (2007)

Peter has an interest in statistics and research methodology. He is a member of several groups publishing guidelines for good reporting of research and has co-authored CONSORT for randomised trials (www.consort-statement.org), STROBE for observational studies (www.strobe-statement.org) and SPIRIT for trial protocols (www.spirit-statement.org). Peter was one of the editors of the Cochrane Methodology Review Group 1997-2014.

His letter is below.

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Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better health.

Nordic Cochrane Centre
Rigshospitalet, Dept. 7811
Blegdamsvej 9
2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark

Tel: +45 35 45 71 12
E-mail:general@cochrane.dk
www.nordic.cochrane.org

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September 2018

A moral governance crisis: the growing lack of democratic collaboration and scientific pluralism in  Cochrane

I regret to inform you that I have been expelled from membership in the Cochrane Collaboration by the favourable vote of  6 of the 13 members of the Governing Board. No clear reasoned justification has been given for my expulsion aside from accusing me of causing “disrepute” for the organization. This is the first time in 25 years that a member has been excluded from membership of Cochrane.

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Harassment and silencing of vaccine and GM critics by the University of Exeter

image from ngw.nlBy John Stone

I am publishing this brief correspondence to highlight how our higher educational institutions are becoming the enemies of freedom of speech and intellectual curiosity, not to mention purveyors of falsehood. I am not suggesting that Exeter University is particularly unusual: there are lots of publications of this kind from many academic sources, arguing how to limit and close down debate while using ad hominem tactics posing as hard science. It is interesting to note how the university dealt with this matter. The vice-chancellor and CEO, Sir Steve Smith - who is an expert in the politics of globalisation - handed the matter on to the provost, Prof Janice Kay, a cognitive neuropsychologist, who does not really tell us what she thinks, but passes the buck to the politics department, the publishers and the peer reviewers. She must however know that our schools are by now drowning in unprecedented and unexplained neurological impairment. It seems that the university's coat of arms with the motto  lucem sequimur 'we follow the light' has fallen into disuse, and frankly the spirit of enlightenment is dead as GSK and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation take over the world.

From: John Stone .....
Sent: 24 October 2018 16:20
To: Vice Chancellor.....
Subject: Harassment and silencing of vaccine and GM critics

To Prof Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and CEO University of Exeter

Dear Sir Steve,

I would like to express grave disquiet regarding the paper by Lyons et al and the additional publicity given to it by your university. It really will do no good to target people while not addressing their arguments - it is to say the least an open question who is indulging in "innuendo" as your publicity department put it.

A case in point would be the paper's attack on the competence and integrity of Robert F Kennedy Jnr. The article does not address any specifics of Kennedy's argument in his article while labelling him as "a conspiracy theorist". In this regard it is worth noting that by 2004 the British government, without of course admitting any error, had removed mercury from vaccines - the subject of Kennedy's article - and it was only to make a return to doing so in the highly unfortunate and still unaccounted Pandemrix episode. The safety of using the mercury salt preservative thimerosal/thiomersal has been criticised in many scientific publications.

A further problem is that if people are not allowed to express their concerns - or even their unpleasant experiences - a class of product becomes protected and the hazards to the public increase. There can be no automatic assumption that products are safe, and what is proposed is the intellectual and social suppression of views, experience and knowledge inconvenient to global interests and governments. This does not mean that all opinions are equally valid but it does mean that public debate should be tolerated. The very failure to tolerate debate places a question mark of the motives of the people trying to deny it, and it leaves the public in a dangerous position. It is always possible that this or that product has been slandered, but it does not mean that all products or all public bodies meet the standard, and we cannot proceed on this basis.

I believe by promoting "research" of this kind the University of Exeter is placing itself in an invidious historical position, and I look forward to your views.

Yours sincerely,

John Stone, UK and European Editor, AgeofAutism.com

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On 26 Oct 2018, at 15:18,

Dear Mr Stone, (if I may?)

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Live Streaming from Your Health Freedom Symposium Friday 11/2

Health SymposiumThe bold and determined parent-activist Laura Hayes will be presenting at Your Health Freedom's symposium "Health Empowered!", in South Jordan, Utah, this Friday, November 2, 2018, at 7:00 PM Mountain Time (6:00 PM Pacific/9:00 PM Eastern).

We realize that not everyone is able to be present in Utah for this event, so, as a special treat, we will be live-streaming Laura's presentation!

You're invited to join us! Please subscribe to our Your Health Freedom YouTube channel, and/or follow our Facebook page, to be notified when we add new content.

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In order to help us cover the costs of hosting this educational event, and to help us produce similar events in the future, we would like to invite you to donate $10 for this viewing opportunity.

Three ways to donate:

1. Venmo--Kristen Chevrier @yourhealthfreedom

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We're looking forward to this event with great anticipation and would love to have you join us! The remainder of the presentations, including those by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Mark Blaxill, Dr. Judith Zimmerman, Andre Angelantoni, Dr. Bryon Tarbet, and more, will be posted to the YouTube channel in the weeks following the event.

With love,
Kristen Chevrier
Director, Your Health Freedom
www.yourhealthfreedom.org

 


Colorado Lawmakers’ Response to Autism is Two Decades Overdue

CO plateBy Pam Long

With 500 students with autism now in every high school graduating year group in Colorado, parents across the state seek a statewide response in both education and Medicaid that will address the lifelong disability needs of 25,000 affected children and adults. In April of the 2018 legislative session, Colorado parents brought forward CO HB18-1223 Declare Autism Epidemic in Colorado. This bill cited that the 2009 Colorado Autism Commission, which thrice referred to autism as “epidemic” in its executive summary report, had both failed in its primary mission to “identify the number of individuals affected by autism in the state” and failed to request or obtain funding for any of the eighteen service recommendations for the statewide autism population in its ten years of existence. The Autism Commission has dedicated its efforts to “autism awareness” left in the hands of non-profit organizations, while the state of Colorado passively allows 2,900 adults to wait for years on the Medicaid Developmental Disabilities (DD) waiver waitlist. The magnitude of the problem becomes even more alarming when analyzing the 2017 Colorado Dept. of Education disability data which shows 16,000 pre-school and school-age children with developmental delays and autism. Can we agree the time for “awareness” is over, and the time for “action” is now?

Autism as an “epidemic” became the issue of objection for Colorado lawmakers. Colorado statute defines an epidemic as “an increase in a communicable or non communicable disease or condition.” Lawmakers in the House Health, Insurance, and Environment (HIE) Committee alleged that declaring autism an epidemic would stigmatize affected people as having a contagious disease. By definition, autism is a disorder affecting speech, behavior, and social skills. The House HIE committee was unwilling to even consider referring to autism as a “crisis” in an amendment suggestion.

Published Data on Autism

Lawmakers also denied that there is a true increase in autism and clung to unsubstantiated claims of “better diagnosis,” despite expert testimony by two published authors. Mark Blaxill, co-author of Denial: How refusing to face the facts about our autism epidemic hurts children, families, and our future, presented data slides from three data sets (CDDS, ADDM, US Census) on the impending tsunami of children with autism while the state is unprepared to provide facilities or caretakers when they outlive their parents. Dr. Cindy Nevison, Ph.D., University of Colorado, briefed autism prevalence trend data from her landmark (52,000 downloads) peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Developmental Disorders (JADD, July 2018) that analyzed three data sets (CDDS, IDEA, ADDM) and concluded a 1000% increase in autism since 1930. Nevison explained that the increase in autism is not caused by diagnostic substitution (the conjecture that autism was previously referred to as intellectual disability) but rather a true increase to epidemic levels, with autism having a unique set of diagnostic criteria and established as a distinct federal disability reporting category starting in 1991.

Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) on Autism

CDPHE is required by Colorado Rule 6 CCR-1009-7 to monitor, investigate, and report annually on environmental and chronic diseases, to include Autism Spectrum Disorders. CDPHE has never included statewide autism data surveillance in their annual reports, nor included autism as even an “emerging issue” in the state’s health strategic plan. At the HB18-1223 committee hearing, Rep. James Wilson expressed his concerns to CDPHE’s representative with "You don't like the word epidemic. I understand that. It doesn't matter what you call it, we've clearly got a huge problem.” Mr. Chris Wells, of CDPHE, responded, without providing any data sources to reference, that the autism rate remains stable at 1.1%. In CORA responses in the follow-up of the bill hearing, Mr. Wells provided me over a hundred files of CO ADDM, CO SEED, and MMWR autism data, and none of those reports show autism as “stable” at 1.1%. In fact, all of those reports support a near zero autism rate in the late 1980’s (1 in 10,000) and rising steeply to 1% of the population in 2018 (1 in 59), thus affecting tens of thousands of children. Mr. Wells also responded that CDPHE was actively looking at autism risk factors such as genetics, older parents, maternal obesity, and low birth weight. Mr. Wells did not disclose that CDPHE spends millions of dollars on the Colorado Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (CO ADDM) data team, which generates the Colorado autism rate from only the 8-year-old age cohort, and only seven counties, while changing sample counties and changing educational and medical records requirements from reporting year to reporting year, resulting in very unreliable data that shows an underestimate of the Colorado autism rate compared to all other states. CDPHE’s CORA responses show that CDPHE spends zero dollars actually providing services to families affected by autism, beyond a quarterly speaker on “autism awareness” at CANDO support group meetings at JFK Partners at UC Denver. UC Denver also employs the CO ADDM data team.

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30 Billboards Outside the Pro Vaccine Injury Community

Vaccines Can Kill
The New York Times called a national billboard campaign that warns of vaccine dangers "anti-vaccine." They claim to want to protect children - and so they bully and cajole and write article after article denying vaccine injury while pushing any and all vaccines available from Hep A to Zostrix. Of course. As ever. Anyone who mentions that vaccines have side effects is called anti-vaccine. It's a pejorative plain and simple used to write off any and all information.  Take a look at the two articles below - what's missing from the article on the billboard they don't like?  Ah yes, the actual billboard. Lord, I wish Dan Olmsted were here today with us to write this story. Eleven years ago, The Times wrote an article about billboards that warned drivers not to drink with a cutesy Broadway analogy.  Drivers will get a "starring role" in their mug shot! The campaign is called the "brainchild"... of  the county attorney.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Anti-vaccine billboards claiming that routine childhood shots are deadly have popped up in Vax injury billboards NYTseveral West Virginia cities.

They warn that the son of former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Nick Catone died from a vaccine, though the infant's death was officially ruled to be sudden infant death syndrome.

A physician director for the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, Dr. Michael Kilkenny, says the case is tragic but the medical community's consensus that vaccines are safe and effective remains unchanged. The Herald-Dispatch reported Sunday that the messages have appeared this month in Parkersburg, Dunbar and Huntington as part of a national campaign by the nonprofit Learn The Risk group. More than 30 similar billboards have cropped up in Pennsylvania, New York and other states.  See the article here.

Here's the drunk driving billboard story clip from 2007:

NYT drivingThe Web site and billboards, which began last month, are the brainchildren of Andrew P. Thomas, the county attorney here who has served as the prosecutorial counterpart to the county’s hard-edged sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who has been known to force inmates into pink underwear.

The purposes of the billboards and the Web site, Mr. Thomas has said, are to inform the public about drunken-driving laws, and to serve as a deterrent.  Read more here.

In my town, if your child is caught drinking at your home, your name can go on a large banner that sits next to our town hall. Scaring people works. It's why the pro-vaccine injury community uses, "babies will die!" and folks run to get the ineffective flu shot in droves at a grocery store. Fear is always a sales or motivation tactic. It sells life insurance. Deodorant. Fear also convinces us NOT to do something. Like drunk driving. Like vaccinating. And there's the problem for the pro-vaxxers. It works. When people wake up and hear stories from people they trust, including their own doctors, they stop vaccinating. It's their choice. This is still the USA. Despite the horrific political climate.

Billboards are old school media. They work. To the Catone family - we're sorry. We understand. We know. We need 3000 billboards. A mother and a father deserve answers. Our injured kids have the "starring" role.  KIM

 


Del Bigtree Highwire Presents The Science Isn't Settled

Scorpion and FrogWe invite you to visit Del's YouTube channel often.  Last week there was a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.  The video below explains all.

Several parents attended the meeting and were appalled at the apathy and rubber stamp approach to recommending more and more vaccines even when logic fails.  There was a photo of one member taking a bit of a snooze during the proceedings. Nice. You may have read on Facebook that Dr. Paul Offit was in attendance and accepted a lunch invitation from a group of parents. We remain skeptical,  Sometimes we become caricatures to those who don't really know us.  Sometimes a meeting can effect change. That said, Dr. Offit has been viciously cruel to all of us. I don't care to give him any more ink. Put it this way, if he offers you a ride across the stream on his back, say "No, thanks."

The next ACIP meeting is in February. See more here.


Blaxill Presents 1 in 36 A Tsunami of Autistic Disabled Adults That Will Overwhelm Our Nation at Utah Health Symposium

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Your Health Freedom: HEALTH EMPOWERED!
A symposium on health, wellness, and healing

 November 2 & 3, 2018
Friday, Nov. 2 - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, Nov. 3 - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

American Heritage of South Jordan
11100 S Redwood Rd,
South Jordan, UT 84095

Only $39.00 for the 2-day event!
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Kristen Chevrier, who interviewed AofA contributor Laura Hayes last spring, and her team of fellow advocates in Utah have been working hard to organize this symposium, and it sure would be great if you could come...whether by plane, train, or car!

Laura will be speaking Friday evening from 7:00-8:15pm on...you guessed it...vaccines.  Mark Blaxill and Dr. Andy Wakefield speak on Sunday.


Criticizing JB Handley's How To End the Autism Epidemic

How to end the autism epidemic coverBy Brian Nomi

How to End the Autism Epidemic was released on September 19, 2018.  It's gotten a very high number of reviews, 256 of them as of today, two weeks after release. 

Nineteen of these reviews are critical of the book:  One-star out of five.  That is fine, if someone does not like the book, that person is welcome to post a negative review and make his or her thoughts known. 

The very interesting thing about the criticisms of Handley is that several of them, about half, claim to be written by people with autism.  For example, Carola E. Wilhelmon claims to be on the spectrum, and states that " It is true that I haven't read the book," but that "eugenics of autistic people is going to be the next suggested step."  Mizanthrope states that " I am Autistic. I was Autistic before I was vaccinated. I'd get vaccinated again."  And then Janejira Damron claims to be on the autism spectrum, and writes " The real tragedy is the fact people believe these lies and teach their kids to view themselves as damaged and in need of correction."

Several attacks state that Handley must hate people with autism, because he is against autism.  One critic with the strange name of " Amazon Customer" writes:  "Autism isn't bad. Autistic people are valuable and worthwhile."   This is a theme carried out in many of the other negative reviews.  It's very strange, because anyone who has read Handley's book must see the love shining through clearly between JB and his son who has autism.  The stories of JB retiring from his job to devote himself to helping his son, the story about how JB's son nearly broke his hand from hitting himself in the head, and the story about JB taking his son into the outdoors where he is happiest, and swimming for the fun of it.  Nobody can read the book and think that JB hates his son or thinks his son is not valuable or worthwhile.

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UK Parliamentary Committee Jettisons Vaccines As Strategy To Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

British flagAge of Autism re-posts its submission authored by its UK editor, John Stone, to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into antimicrobial resistance. The resulting committee report only mentions vaccines once,  and not as a major strategy against antimicrobial resistance. This is in contrast to a British government report of 2016 in which the lead author Jim (Lord) O'Neill saw vaccines as the major tool in combatting the problem, which had occasioned the AoA evidence to the parliamentary committee. Whatever the prospect for creating new antibiotic products the committee - perhaps in a new spirit of realism - appear to have abandoned expanding the vaccine program as a substitute.

Written evidence from John Stone (Age of Autism)

[1] Vaccines are mentioned as one strategy against antimicrobial resistance (1) and this submission seeks to caution against the idea of substituting one kind of over-medication with another (Age of Autism is an on-line newspaper concerned with the publicly unaccounted adverse effects of vaccination).

[2] In the United Kingdom, an infant already receives by 12 months on the routine schedule (2):-

DTaP, Polio, HiB, HepB+Rotavirus+13 Strain Pneumococcal+MenB (8 weeks)

DTaP, Polio, HiB, HepB+Rotavirus (12 weeks)

DTaP, Polio, HiB,HepB+13 Strain Preumococcal+MenB (16 weeks)

13 Strain Pneumococcal+MMR+HiB, MenC

[3] In 2011 Miller and Goldman reported (3):

“The infant mortality rate (IMR) is one of the most important indicators of the socio-economic well-being and public health conditions of a country. The US childhood immunization schedule specifies 26 vaccine doses for infants aged less than 1 year—the most in the world—yet 33 nations have lower IMRs. Using linear regression, the immunization schedules of these 34 nations were examined and a correlation coefficient of r = 0.70 (p < 0.0001) was found between IMRs and the number of vaccine doses routinely given to infants. Nations were also grouped into five different vaccine dose ranges: 12–14, 15–17, 18–20, 21–23, and 24–26. The mean IMRs of all nations within each group were then calculated. Linear regression analysis of unweighted mean IMRs showed a high statistically significant correlation between increasing number of vaccine doses and increasing infant mortality rates, with r = 0.992 (p = 0.0009). Using the Tukey-Kramer test, statistically significant differences in mean IMRs were found between nations giving 12–14 vaccine doses and those giving 21–23, and 24–26 doses. A closer inspection of correlations between vaccine doses, biochemical or synergistic toxicity, and IMRs is essential.”

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Glinda the Not so Good Glitch Visits Us

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We're working on it! Thanks for your patience.

The Age of Autism IT team.  (Kim)


US News Calls Flu Shot Thinkers Conspiracy Theorists

Flu shot targetThere is an increasing amount of research, showing some definite issues with seasonal flu vaccination.  Let’s take a look, then we can read what US News and World  recently reported.

It’s that time of year again.  Flu shot signs everywhere. 80,000 people died last year, the CDC is telling us, from the flu.  What they are not telling us is many received the flu vaccine and still got ill .  Here is a research paper that seems to explain this phenomenon:

Increased Risk of Noninfluenza Respiratory Virus Infections Associated With Receipt of Inactivated Influenza Vaccine trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) recipients had an increased risk of virologically-confirmed non-influenza infections….

Previous research   has shown that “ children who had been vaccinated annually over a number of years were more likely to contract the flu…..”

This from CDC recently - :  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its annual recommendations on the flu vaccine. The agency suggests that everyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated for influenza each season, ideally by the end of October.

The mad rush to get in line for a vaccine now, months before the height of the “seasonal flu” may actually be another reason cases can climb.  Here’s a recent study that shows this is indeed very plausible:

Study: Flu vaccine protection starts to wane within weeks

Though the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends administration of the flu vaccine by the end of October, a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases suggests that vaccine effectiveness may begin dropping within weeks of administration, adding more evidence of waning protection over the course of a single flu season.

Researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northern California showed that the risk of contracting the flu climbs about 16% for every 28 days after vaccination. That means many people could be less protected during the height of flu season if they get vaccinated at the beginning of September.  Full study here  .

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JB Handley Author of How to End the Autism Epidemic Receives Third Class Treatment from Third Place Books

How to end the autism epidemic coverJB Handley's event at Third Place Books has been cancelled, the books on order for sale RETURNED to the publisher.  This is a BEST SELLING book that swept through Amazon.

Bookstores sell books.  Brick and mortar bookstores don't sell nearly as many books as they did in the pre-Amazon era. Independent bookstores don't sell nearly as many books as a large chain like Books a Million or Borders and Barnes and Noble back in the day. Independent bookstores are usually magical gems in a community. They offer talks, programs, children's hours and many special touches that set them apart from the big box stores and create a community. I love independent bookstores, and I'd probably love shopping at Third Place books.

Third Place Books touts its community role on their site.  But those of us with vaccine injured children and autism are not considered part of “the community." It's sad. It's lonely.  Yet again, vaccine injury is treated as the third rail. Do not touch. Musn't get burned, it might burn the books. 

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Third Place Books is the deliberate and intentional creation of a community around books and the ideas inside them. Founded in 1998 in Lake Forest Park, we opened a store in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle in 2002, and another in the Seward Park neighborhood in 2016. Third Place Books is a general interest bookstore with over 200,000 new, used, and bargain books in Lake Forest Park and over 40,000 books in Ravenna. It is a fun, comfortable, and safe place to browse, linger, lounge, relax, read, eat, laugh, play, talk, listen, and just watch the world go by.

Why Third Place?

Sociologist Ray Oldenberg suggests that each of us needs three places: first is the home; second is the workplace or school; and beyond lies the place where people from all walks of life interact, experiencing and celebrating their commonality as well as their diversity. It is a third place. In his celebrated book, The Great Good Place, Oldenberg discusses how the cafes, pubs, town squares, and other gathering places make a community stronger and bring people together. 

From Informed Choice Washington's FB page

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We regret to announce that the event J.B. Handley & Stein in Conversation: How to End the Autism Epidemic at Third Place Books has been cancelled. Please watch for news of alternative plans.

While we are dismayed by the actions of Third Place Books, we are not daunted. We remain resolute in our mission to continue to inform the public and elected officials on the very real dangers of the current vaccine system, to work for the incorporation of emerging science in vaccine policy making, to move toward a personalized approach to vaccination, and to shine a light on the corruption in and capture of the vaccination program by pharmaceutical interests in our state and the U.S. as a whole.

If you were planning to attend November 5th, keep your calendar open. We will announce an alternative plan soon.

Hear JB speak this coming Saturday at Healthy Immunity: From Birth to Old Age

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North Texas Planned Supported Living Community for Adults with Autism In the Works

JackalopeNote:  Housing for adults with autism is as rare as a Texas Jackalope. Yet, this is the future for many of us: "Where will my adult children with autism be living?" We can't expect them to live with us forever. For starters, our children will probably feel like any adult, despite their autism, it's TIME TO LEAVE THE NEST. And we're gonna die. D. I.  E.  If our kids have never known anything but us and our homes, how the hell will they suddenly survive at 40 or 50 years of age thrown into a life with strangers? It's almost too much to think about. But it's reality. We need for our kids to live without us while we are still able to help them. And here's a dirty secret - WE WANT SOME PEACE! I'm tired, how about you? The best part of my divorce? I have 4 entire full nights of sleep a month. From Friday to Sunday I am just Kim Rossi. Not Mom. It's amazing. I crave this precious time. I'd like more but... well, that's for another book one day.  Oh! and today would have been my 27h wedding anniversary   Time flies! LOL! Congrats to the folks from 29 Acres.  Let's cheer for them and see if we can follow their lead.

From Dallas:

A groundbreaking ceremony Saturday marked the biggest milestone to date for 29 Acres, a planned supportive living community for adults 18 and older who have autism.

Located at 3000 Moseley Road in Cross Roads, west of Prosper, the Denton County development has been in the planning stages for about three years. Its first phase is expected to cost about $6 million.

The aim is to help adults with autism live independently and form a community, in contrast to many adults with autism who today live at home.

As North Texas autism community becomes a reality, the program seeks its first trainees

"The need in North Texas is just gigantic," said Debra Caudy, president and co-founder of the nonprofit 29 Acres and the parent of a future resident. "I've had calls from dozens, not only from families but [also] individuals with autism. I really get calls every day."

Autism is a group of developmental disorders that can fall on a wide-ranging spectrum. Some people with autism have only mild symptoms; others are severely disabled. Individuals often have difficulty communicating and some exhibit repetitive behaviors.  Read more here.


Petition to Halt 5G Radiation on Earth and in Space

Earth-man-small-topNote: We have signed onto this petition. We have no idea the effects of telecommunications radiation on humans. To date? It's not looking so good for us....

To the UN, WHO, EU, Council of Europe
and governments of all nations

We the undersigned scientists, doctors and environmental organizations from (__) countries, urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, including 5G from space satellites. 5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.
Executive summary

Telecommunications companies worldwide, with the support of governments, are poised within the next two years to roll out the fifth-generation wireless network (5G). This is set to deliver what is acknowledged to be unprecedented societal change on a global scale. We will have “smart” homes, “smart” businesses, “smart” highways, “smart” cities and self-driving cars. Virtually everything we own and buy, from refrigerators and washing machines to milk cartons, hairbrushes and infants’ diapers, will contain antennas and microchips and will be connected wirelessly to the Internet. Every person on Earth will have instant access to super-high-speed, low- latency wireless communications from any point on the planet, even in rainforests, mid-ocean and the Antarctic.

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Your Health Freedom: HEALTH EMPOWERED! A symposium on health, wellness, and healing

Welcome to utahDear AoA Readers,

Please click here to check out the upcoming symposium on health, wellness, and healing that the group Your Health Freedom is hosting on November 2nd and 3rd in South Jordan, Utah.

Kristen Chevrier, who interviewed me last spring, and her team of fellow advocates in Utah have been working hard to organize this symposium, and it sure would be great if you could come...whether by plane, train, or car!

I will be speaking Friday evening from 7:00-8:15pm on...you guessed it...vaccines. You will definitely recognize the names of some of the other speakers, too, including Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Mark Blaxill, Andre Angelantoni, and Dr. Judith Zimmerman.

Sure would be great to meet some of you there!

I would appreciate it if you would please help spread the word about this symposium :)

Thanks,

Laura Hayes


Why Would Speech Professionals Deny Autistic People The Right to Communicate?

Listen_to_me_by_rachellove147-d34d13dNote:  Below is an excerpt from an Opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal by Ido Kedar.  There is a push to deny people with non-verbal autism methods of communication like Rapid Prompt. Disclaimer? My three daughters have been to see Soma of HALO and used Rapid Prompt. With success. I watched my Mia tell Soma she wanted to go to Israel. Bella spelled many short words with the letter board as her father and I sat nearby in tears.  I believe in the ability of RPM to assist people to communicate. I've seen it in my girls.  It takes time. Patience. Staff. And money to learn. As does any and EVERY treatment for our kids, allopathic, traditional or otherwise.    I had the pleasure of meeting Chantal Sicile Kira's son Jeremy, who uses a letterboard.  Within 20 minutes of meeting me he typed, "Kim is a good mother. I like the way she talks about her girls," from the backseat of the car. Alert. Receptively intact. Like my Bella - who is looked upon as a sad sack dummy by many. Because she can not speak.

In 12 years of schooling, Bella has not made 1 inch of progress with traditional speech pathology. It's a travesty really. Their goals are terrible and our school speech paths know precious little outside their ineffective boxes. They hardly know basic apps for an iPad and we live in a pretty progressive district.

Please read Ido Kedar's blog - Ido in Autismland to learn about the push by professionals to punish people with autism by taking away their choices for communication.  He discusses the response of ASHA to his WSJ piece.  From the WSJ - with a paywall, but still, it's pretty amazing the Opinion was published:

I Was Born Unable to Speak, and a Disputed Treatment Saved Me The Rapid Prompting Method taught me to communicate. But speech pathologists disdain it.

I have nonspeaking autism, which means my ability to communicate verbally is limited to a few words and well-practiced short phrases. Thanks to apraxia, even that is mostly unintelligible, except to those who know me well. While no one demanded that Stephen Hawking rely on his speech to prove his smarts, it's different with non-speaking autism.....

From Ido's blog:

Nonspeaking does not mean non-thinking. That’s my mantra. Nonspeaking may be caused by motor issues. That’s my message. Motor issues do not cause stupidity. That’s my point.

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Cigarettes Don’t Cause Lung Cancer and Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism: A Review of J.B. Handley’s New Book How to End the Autism Epidemic

How to end the autism epidemic cover

 WBy William H. Gaunt NMD

A 1953 study showed that tobacco tar swabbed onto mice caused cancer.  It took 45 years and mountains of additional science to finally defeat big tobacco.  Handley calls autism tobacco 2.0.  We are bombarded over and over with messages like “vaccines do not cause autism”, “the science is settled”, and “vaccines are safe and effective.” None of these statements are true but that is what we are all supposed to believe. Big Tobacco put out numerous fraudulent scientific studies that claimed to prove that cigarettes do not cause lung cancer.  Many CDC sponsored scientific studies claiming that vaccines don’t cause autism are equally fraudulent.  The documentary “Vaxxed” provides details of one such fraudulent study. Recent science overwhelmingly shows that vaccines do cause autism, but big pharma is using the same tactics as big tobacco to delay this realization from becoming established fact.  This delay is causing enormous suffering.  In How To End the Autism Epidemic, Handley covers the recent scientific discoveries in understandable detail.  People who read this book will feel anger, sadness, and dismay.  How can this damning science be covered up and how long will it take for the truth to break through big pharma’s lies and obfuscation?

Here are a few gems from the book with my comments in parentheses:

  • “In the 1970s the rate of autism was documented to be just under one in ten thousand children. Today one in thirty-six kids has autism…”  p.125(The factor that has changed since the 1970s is a massive increase in vaccines.)

  • “…there are 277 times more kids with autism today than thirty years ago.” P.125

  • “…surveys show fully one-third of Americans feel vaccines and autism are linked.” P.126

  • “Only two countries in the world allow drug advertising on TV-the United States and New Zealand…” p.129(Media executives will not allow information that exposes problems with vaccines to be aired because that would offend their biggest advertisers. It might kill the golden goose.)

  • “One of the primary PR firms working closely today with pharmaceutical companies is Hill & Knowlton, the same firm that helped Big Tobacco delay their day of reckoning by decades.” P.131
  • “Because of this science, we now know that autism is created by immune activation events in the brain during critical phases of brain development… these immune activation events in the brain can be triggered by the aluminum adjuvant in vaccines.” P.141

  • “In 1962 a child following the CDC’s recommended schedule would have received three vaccines by age five. In 1983 a child following the CDC’s recommended schedule would have received ten vaccines by age five.  In 2017 a child following the CDC’s recommended schedule received thirty-eight vaccines by age five, nearly quadruple what a child received in the 1980s and more that twelve times what a child received in the 1960s. p. 55-56 (Kids today get many more vaccines and many more toxins like aluminum in those vaccines than in years past. Why has there been such a drastic increase in vaccines? Vaccines are now very profitable. Legislation in 1986 gave vaccine companies and doctors immunity from lawsuits.  An explosion in vaccines soon followed.  What a great business model: Force nearly everyone to buy your products and have no liability for injuries and deaths caused by those products.) 

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The Facilitator’s Touch

Listen_to_me_by_rachellove147-d34d13dNote: Thank you to Bruce for this raw post, written from experience as only a parent can write. We are all facilitators for our children with autism.  In some fashion. This post delves deep into the use of Facilitated Communication.   KIM

By Bruce Dalziel

My dear wife Mary still has dreams in which suddenly Matthew speaks.  She dreams she is somewhere ahead of him-- perhaps driving a car with him in the back seat, or with her back turned towards his at a family party-- when he speaks a complete sentence, with perfect diction, such as “I always prefer that we drive this way as opposed to the highway.”  In the dream, Mary asks, “Who said that?” and Matt says “I did,” or someone says “Matt did;” Mary is the only one in this dream who did not know Matt could talk.

This dream has precedents in our lives-- when Matt was 2 ½ he said “no” quite clearly to his grandmother, and that same month he said the word “bubble” perfectly at a birthday party.   Today at 30, Matt has a good heart, a strong mind, and a wide vocabulary, and he is able to type to communicate basic needs, but he has not actually spoken again since. 

When Matthew was diagnosed at age three, in 1990, autism was only beginning to be understood as a developmental disability. Its incidence has increased fifty-fold since.  Doctors could tell us Matt was autistic, but not why.  We found ourselves unlikely pioneers on an unexpected frontier.  No one could tell us what caused it.  Autism is defined in terms of symptomatic behaviors, including impaired communication and social skills, with no single identified cause, despite lots of theories.  Yet the mystery gave us some hope that the secret of the tomb could be discovered, and that Matt’s disability somehow could be cured.  Like cancer patients chasing clinical trials, for Mary and me at that time, it was that or die trying.

Before Matt was diagnosed, like most Americans, we knew little more about autism than what we learned from Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of the precocious character Raymond in Rain Man, which premiered just after Matt was born.  That is to say, we viewed autism as a curiosity, like Outsider Art.   The Who’s rock opera Tommy presented a darker view: Tommy falls into a catatonic autistic-like state because of extreme childhood trauma linked to his mother, reflecting outdated 1950’s psychological theory suggesting autism is caused by “refrigerator mothers”, who are somehow unable to love their children. 

In our house, this was always a laughable premise. Mary is all love all the time, especially for her dear boy and his younger sister Suzanne.  Indeed, Mary literally taught Matt to love. It was like a D-Day assault, or maybe the Macarthur plan is a better metaphor. I am not sure I can describe it more precisely than as a singularly intimate focus or as a supernatural force.   We had both read a memoir called “The Siege” by Clara Claiborne Park, a mother of a child with autism, who took an aggressive behavioral approach to breaking through to her child.  Like Joan of Arc, Mary took up the sword. 

Matt’s view of the world was distorted and enormously frustrating.  Mary stood right in front of him, offering her full presence at every moment, and absorbing his pain.  She nursed him for sixteen months, which was his only consolation at the time, since he did not suck his thumb and he had no use for toys or stuffed animals that might comfort other children.  They developed a deep connection. 

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Age of Autism's Mark Blaxill & Jennifer Larson Place Denial and How to End the Autism Epidemic into POTUS' Hands

Jen Mark POTUS
Earlier this week, Mark Blaxill and Jennifer Larson met President Donald Trump at a Minnesota event. They were able to get two books into his hands. Denial: How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future by Mark and our own Dan Olmsted. And How to End the Autism Epidemic by JB Handley.

I know that the President is a lightning rod. Loved by many. Hated by many. There's not a lot of middle ground. Presidents have done precious little for us. Republican or Democrat. We went 8 long years without any meaningful response from President Obama. In fact, he pushed the neurodiversity agenda further down the field than anyone expected. Katie Wright's Mom Suzanne tried in vain for years to get an audience with First Lady Obama to discuss the autism crisis to no avail. President Bush was no better for our community. Only Senator McCain (RIP) acknowledged our needs during his ill fated campaign. Clinton? Bush? Nope.

With this in mind, I recall a line taught t0 me many years ago by a mentor. "Don't punish progress." Getting these books into POTUS' hands is progress. I don't think for one minute he will read them cover to cover. Maybe someone around him will take a look though. Open the pages. Learn. Think.  And we certainly must applaud the effort - very real effort of Mark and Jen to make this photo happen.

Speaking of progress, from NBC News: President Donald Trump signed two bills at the White House on Wednesday aimed at lowering pharmaceutical drug prices by promoting greater disclosure in drug pricing.

The two bills the president signed — the Know the Lowest Price Act and the Patients' Right to Know Drug Prices Act — are meant to prevent "gag clauses" in agreements between pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers, the middlemen who administer prescription drug programs for insurance companies, which pharmacists say kept them from disclosing cheaper drug options to consumers. Read more here:  Trump signs bills lifting pharmacist 'gag clauses' on drug prices NBC News reported last year on the agreements between pharmacies and insurance companies that had kept some pharmacists from disclosing cheaper drug options to consumers.

The book covers on this version are blotted out for a reason.  At Jen's request. We hope you will respect that. And comment as you see fit - keep it civil please. That's all I ask.  Thanks. Kim






California's Top Vax Zealot Richard Pan Seeking More Ways to Prevent Choice

Pan TVSenator Richard Pan, the patron saint of vaccine mandates in California and sponsor of SB277, the legislation that radically reduced the ability for California families to make medical vaccination choices for their children, is quoted heavily in this article below. Homeschoolers are in his sites as ripe targets for his brand of medical political jack booted thuggery.

Earlier this year, one of America's best known pediatricians, Dr. Bob Sears, was placed on probation for almost 3 years because of a medical exemption he granted. That's the strategy - choke off the supply despite the growing demand.  Threaten the livelihood of doctors.  Imagine that.  Families want choice in how to vaccinate their children. Americans do NOT like to be told what we can and can not do with our bodies, our children. California allows every possible liberty under the sun - EXCEPT vaccination choice. Why? Cui bono? Pharma and politicians funded by them.

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The vaccination rate for California kindergartners went down slightly last school year, including in San Diego County, after hitting a record high the previous year.

One reason for the decline: Medical exemptions are increasing. Statewide, the rate of students with medical exemptions more than tripled since the 2015-16 school year. The rate in San Diego County increased sixfold.

Although medical exemptions represented a small portion of the overall student population last school year — less than 1 percent in California and slightly more than 1 percent in San Diego County — the increase has some concerned.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the county’s child health medical officer, said the number of children who need medical exemptions should be small, so he questions what’s behind the increase.

“Is it truly more kids who need a medical exemption, or is it that providers are getting more permissive in giving these medical exemptions?” Sidelinger said. Read more in the Times of San Diego at Vaccination Rates For Kindergartners Decline in San Diego County.


Over 500 Military Families to Lose Pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears As Tricare Insurance Drops Him

Speak Out MemeHere's the first battle you'll read about here at Age of Autism in the war against parental choice, pediatrician choice, and thoughtful vaccination schedule planning for those who choose an alternative schedule, including no vaccination.  We will support and share the stories of any and all providers who are punished by Public Health and medical boards owned lock stock and barrel by pharma and the CDC.  You can always email me KimRossi1111@gmail.com for assistance.

Earlier this year, Dr. Bob Sears, a California pediatrician whom millions of Americans know as a member of the AskDrSears.com family and one of the rare doctors who has actively treated patients with autism, was disciplined for exercising caution and providing medical care for a young patient. The "treatment?" He granted a medical exemption for vaccination. In California, vaccine exemptions now verboten for all intents and purposes thanks to Senator Richard Pan's SB277 which effectively eliminated exemptions.  Dr. Sears took a risk. He put patient ahead of profit. And he is paying dearly. Dr Bob SearsIt's disgusting.

Imagine the stress of being a military parent. You give birth alone as your husband is overseas serving our country. Stability is fleeting with move after move. So when you find a good doctor for your child, you're more than grateful. When you find Dr. Bob Sears, you're incredibly blessed with one of the few pediatricians who really understands and helps treat developmental delays and diagnoses including autism and who respects that every child can not be fully vaccinated with the bloated CDC AAP schedule. Dr. Bob Sears is a lot like our military men and women. He fights for freedom.  His freedom to practice "First do No Harm" as is the tenet of his calling as a doctor. Last week,  his fight cost him much of his practice and livelihood.

Please join us in supporting him and taking action.

 #Istandwithsears, #lovesears, #shameontricare, #militaryfamilieslovesears
#truthresponders)

CALL: Health Net Federal Services, Tricare West 844-866-9378 and (politely) tell them you support Dr. Sears.

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My dear patients who serve our country in the military:

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I announce that Tricare military insurance, with whom I have been contracted for the past 20 years, has ended my contract to provide medical services to military families - effective retroactively back to July 27, 2018, with no grace period.

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