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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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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

#theautismbook #readthebook


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

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 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

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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.

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


Say "10 4" to Age of Autism

10 4Hello, friends. Say "OK!" to supporting Age of Autism!

10-4 is one of the so-called ten-codes, or radio signals, invented by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO). 10-4 is an affirmative signal: it means “OK.” I remember CB radios!

Pediatric wellness is not OK. We know this. The troubles extend far beyond autism, and our kids who have been the canaries in the coal mines. 1st world children are suffering staggering changes to their health status compared to previous generations.  

While we write about autism as our core, our mission on this October day, and every day forward is to address the radical new version of childhood and to help the families of kids with autism who are ageing out of school into adulthood. Like my own three girls. We are Age of Autism. Ageing of Autism. Age of Alltism. Our kids are growing and so are we. But we need your help!

Donations are tax deductible. You can donate securely through our Bank of America merchant services DONATE button or you can mail a check to Autism Age, PO Box 110546 Trumbull CT 06611.

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How #MeToo Treats Women Who Discuss the Last Taboo: Vaccine Injury and Autism

Dr evil laserNote: This is a comment we received from a reader (one time, I'm guessing) on the BELIEVE ALL WOMEN post by Ginger Taylor.  It’s cruel. She is calling us liars. Shaming us for speaking out.  It speaks volumes about the farce of acceptance for ALL WOMEN because it uses the same nastiness against we women who speak out on behalf of our bodies and the babies that came out of them. The air quotes are especially endearing.  

So many women FEAR the truth about vaccine induced autism. This is fear in her comment, not science. Not experience. Flop sweat fear.  We wish the commenter well. May she, her children, her grandchildren never know.... 

The irony she will never understand is this: our sons and daughters are PERFECT targets for rape and sexual assault. The cruel train keeps a rollin'. We are third class citizens.

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Your "vaccine injured" child IS NOT THE SAME AS RAPE/SEXUAL ASSAULT. Congress DID investigate claims that vaccines cause autism, they found they don't, along with dozens of other studies. Just because you don't know how science works, doesn't mean some medical condition is caused by something it absolutely has been proven to not have been done. How about learning how to love and accept your child AND not take over a sexual assault movement over some made up correlation.


Polish World Citizens Project Presents a Bill to Parliament Introducing Vaccine Freedom of Choice

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THE FIRST IN THE WORLD CITIZENS’ PROJECT OF A BILL TO A PARLIAMENT INTRODUCING VACCINE FREEDOM OF CHOICE

Representatives of A Countrywide Civic Committee of Legislative Initiative - called National Association of Vaccination Knowledge STOP NOP (Ogólnopolskie Stowarzyszenie Wiedzy o Szczepieniach STOP NOP) got 121,000 (121k) signatures from determined parents to present before the Polish Parliament a project of a new bill. On October 3, 2018 the first reading of the project will take place.

The project of bill is aimed primarily at the abolition of the mandatory vaccinations and the introduction of voluntary vaccination as well as greater child safety:

- an accurate medical qualification, which is to prevent adverse reactions. The doctor is to ask not only about health in general, but about allergy, asthma, immune and neurological diseases and previous post-vaccination adverse reactions not only to the vaccinated person, but in the family.

- a written information about the risk before vaccination

- an information on the types of vaccines, and which of them are produced on the basis of human cell lines derived from abortion

- an accurate medical history after vaccination to record unwanted post-vaccination reactions

- the possibility of reporting adverse post-vaccination reactions by parents and judicial supervision of their recording

- public consultation on changes to the vaccination calendar.

The project leaves the possibility of introducing vaccinations in case of an epidemic, as it is in countries where there are no mandatory vaccinations, where parents have a free choice. Vaccination will continue to be funded by the government, but parents are to be treated as partners, not slaves of the system.

The culmination of the collecting of the signatures was the International protest against mandatory vaccination, which took place on June 3rd in Warsaw, as well as in doyen of other countries around the world.

On October 3rd, 2018, the Polish Parliament will hear for the first time the project of the bill being read by the Committee's representative Justyna Socha who is also the president of STOP NOP.

On the same day a Families Strike will be held in Warsaw, at the Parliament site. Parents fighting for a free choice regarding vaccination will gather, amongst whom there will be many of those who have experienced post-vaccination adverse reactions within their families. Often paying the highest price: health or a life of a child.
Mobilization throughout the country has been announced.

STOP NOP Association counts on the fact that, as promised by the current government, no civic legislative initiative will be rejected, and so the Parliament will approve the project for further proceedings.

Following the Initiative of the Polish conscious parents, our Italian brothers from Libertà di Scelta - Proposta di Legge di Iniziativa Popolare, went in our steps and took on the fight for freedom, collecting 100,000 signatures in a lightning speed. Signatures under a call to a government to respect parental decisions. We wish them good luck and a quick positive consideration by the parliament in Rome of their civic project.

We hope that citizens of other countries will follow.

If there is a risk there must be a choice!


Vaccination Choice Update from Italy: "How the anti-vaxxers are winning in Italy"

Italy mandatesHow is it that known side effects that include serious injury and death are referred to as "unfounded fears?" Vaccine choice is as American as apple pie and as Italian as pasta. From the Independent UK.
 
How the anti-vaxxers are winning in Italy

Populist coalition government appears to have capitalised on unfounded fears over vaccination side-effects

As the new school year has begun in Italy, parents no longer have to prove their children have been immunised – highlighting a clash of priorities, stoked by the new populist government. 

In 2014, the Global Health Security Agenda had tapped Italy to lead world vaccination strategies.

But just four years later, the country has instead become the testing ground for anti-vaxxers, a movement growing across Europe and the US, and whose ideologies often share space on the political landscape with populist parties.

"Ten obligatory vaccinations are useless and in many cases dangerous, if not harmful,” Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini said, in the run up to the general election in March. 

The measles epidemic in Europe as a whole is now at an eight-year high.  Read more here.


KPVI's Matt Davenport Interviews Leslie Manookian about the Issues Surrounding Vaccination

Matt Davenport of NBC KPVI  Idaho interviews the writer and producer of the documentary "The Greater Good," Leslie Manookian about the issue of vaccines. 



From Manookian's Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine:

The Greater Good is an award-winning documentary about the red-hot issue of vaccines. The film portrays the heart-rending stories of three families whose lives have been forever changed by vaccines. It also features vaccine advocates and experts from medicine, science and advocacy, who argue their perspectives and experiences vigorously and eloquently.

The Greater Good can be watched by visiting the web site and purchasing a DVD or stream and is also available on hulu.

As an accompaniment to the film, the team from The Greater Good has put together a host of resources for medical professionals and lay folks alike. If you are interested in learning more about the science that explores and documents adverse reactions to vaccines, check out the Catalogue of Science which contains links to over 200 papers and case reports published in peer reviewed medical literature. The Catalogue is organized into subcategories covering the following:

  • Link Between Neurologic and Immune Disorders
  • Brain Inflammation (encephalitis) Post Vaccination
  • Autoimmune Disease

Continue reading "KPVI's Matt Davenport Interviews Leslie Manookian about the Issues Surrounding Vaccination" »


Vaccines Can Kill Billboards A Cautionary Tale Not a Fairytale

Vaccines Can Kill
Note: Remember the early MADD campaign billboards and the praise they won? Mothers whose kids had been killed by drunk drivers lead a charge to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving. Laws were passed across the nation. The legal limit went down. Programs around the country started teaching safety. Not one mother (or father) was ridiculed for the campaign (outside of the beer, wine and spirits industry.) Never did government agencies (yes you "public health departments) call them liars, fear mongers, anti-liquor.  Here we have the same process. A smart man and devoted father whose perfectly healthy child lay dead in his bed is speaking out about the horror in an effort to PROTECT OTHERS. From the Daily Mail article, which is kinder than the US outlets, of course.  Vaccines can kill' billboard featuring the son of a former MMA fighter, who claims the toddler died from a vaccination, goes up in Kansas City.By the way, DTaP is three vaccines in one vile, er vial. Our condolences to the Catone family. There is no greater pain than that of losing a child.

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The billboard features a quote from the toddler's mother that reads: 'As a nurse I was never taught vaccines can kill until my son was a victim.'

The billboard was put up by Learn The Risk, a public awareness campaign and non-profit that educates the public on real dangers of pharmaceutical products, including vaccines.

According to the organization, there are also billboards in Brick, New Jersey, Nicholas' hometown, Boston, Massachusetts, Syracuse, New York, and Middletown, Connecticut. 

Learn the Risk shared the information in a post that read: 'As with many healthy children that die right after vaccines, his [Nicholas'] death was labeled Sudden Infant Death (not a real cause, only a label).'

'23,000 babies die in the US in their first year of life. During that same period, children get 35 toxin-filled vaccines. Sudden death is a known side effect of vaccines. Coincidence?!!' the post added.

Earlier this month, Nick Catone opened a new gym in Ocean County, New Jersey, in honor of his son. 

Nick said at the time that his son went to bed one night and didn't wake up the next morning in May 2017. 

Nicholas died 17 days after receiving the DTap vaccination.    

An autopsy found that nothing was wrong with the toddler, but the Catone family continued to search for answers. 

'Instantly I had this gut motherly instinct that the only thing that came across his path was that he was recently vaccinated,' Marjorie told News 12

She immediately pulled her son's medical records and noticed that he kept getting sick after being vaccinated.

'You get angry because it all could have been prevented,' Nick said. 

On top of putting up the billboard, the Catones are also taking their case to vaccine court.

Vaccine court, known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), was started as a result of a law passed in 1986 that gave pharmaceutical companies total legal immunity from being sued due to injuries and deaths resulting from vaccines. 

The program compensates families who can prove their child was injured or died due to vaccinations. ...

Millions of vaccinations are given to children and adults in the US each year. \

 


Can Immune Dysregulation Cause Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

Sad_boy_Featured_ImageFrom Children's Health Defense (formerly World Mercury Project.)

A common criticism of the Western medical model is that it tends to look at body systems in isolation from one another. Here and there, however, scientific disciplines arise that explicitly acknowledge interactions across systems. Neuroimmunology is one such field, having established that the central nervous system (CNS) and the immune system engage in bidirectional communication and that proper brain function depends on a well-regulated immune system.

As neuroimmunologists have come to accept that “components of the immune system play previously unrecognized roles in the nervous system,” the field has contributed substantially to the understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders and particularly autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Neuroimmunology’s insights about ASD have been sorely needed because, on the surface, autism remains a subjectively defined “mental health” diagnosis (at least according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), characterized by “dysfunction in social behavior and language, abnormal response to sensory input, and…repetitive behavior and cognitive disabilities.” As autism research has grown in sophistication—increasingly highlighting ASD’s underlying biological basis—it has become apparent that immune dysregulation is just as much of a hallmark of autism as brain inflammation is. What is more, the wrong kind of immune influences during pivotal stages of early brain development can have profound effects on both neural and immune function later in life.
ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders perfectly illustrate the situation of immune-inflammatory mechanisms gone awry.

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British Medical Journal Finally Goes Over The Top On HPV Vaccine Safety

image from upload.wikimedia.orgby John Stone

After months of infighting and latterly outright war in the scientific community - and particularly within the Cochrane Group, formerly Collaboration - British Medical Journal have finally published  a paper questioning the safety of HPV vaccines. This represents a major step forward, because they had previously backed away from publishing a review by the same authors of European Medical Agency data, preferring in May to report the official Cochrane whitewash of the products by Aubyn et al, and only reluctantly reported the paper in July by three of the present authors in its cadet journal BMJ Evidence Based Medicine criticising their Cochrane colleagues - also now defended. All the present authors are historically associated with Cochrane but matters came to a head the weekend before last when the Group sacked one of the co-authors, a founder member board member of Cochrane - Peter  Gøtzsche -  on the basis of  vague and unsubstantiated allegations of bad behaviour, followed by the resignation of four other board members.

While the Cochrane Group is now widely considered to be a sinking ship, it has been frustrating to see weeks of politics overshadowing the incredibly serious criticisms of HPV vaccine safety made in BMJ EBM in July, and this is now somewhat rectified by the new paper which documents the painful and unsatisfactory process of extracting vaccine data from the European Medicines Agency: -

Challenges of independent assessment of potential harms of HPV vaccines

After three years of trying to access trial data for HPV vaccines, Lars Jørgensen and colleagues find current transparency policies unfit for their purpose

Lars Jørgensen, Peter Doshi, Peter Gøtzsche, Tom Jefferson 

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Bar Exam Fail Rate A Logical Extension of the Decline of Student Ability

Kent legalNote: Anne Dachel is cataloging thousands of stories that discuss the severe changes in the American student population at her website Loss of Brain Trust. Special Education is growing. Behaviors have become pathological and far exceed anything seen in previous generations.  It stands to reason that those a portion of those students who are able to get through college and grad school will also suffer from issues that hinder success.  There is environmentally induced brain injury through vaccination, non-stop gaming and screen time, frankenfood, a plastic laden life from cradle days forward.   Will the standards for becoming a lawyer be lowered to match the diminished capacity of students?  You can't access the story because of a firewall. But you get the jist of the story. Failure at the grad school level is here.

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Karen Sloan is the Legal Education Editor and Senior Writer at ALM. Contact her at ksloan@alm.com. On Twitter: @KarenSloanNLJ Sign up for Ahead of the Curve—her weekly email update on trends and innovation in legal education—here: https://www.law.com/static/briefings/

Multistate Bar Exam Scores Sink to 34-Year Low, Pass Rates Sag

Upticks in the average MBE scores in July 2017 and 2016 had fueled hopes of a recovery in bar exam pass rates, but the latest figure indicate otherwise.  Read more here.


Deportation and Autism And Double Trauma

Take-care-of-each-otherNote: At Age of Autism, we of all people, know that turning real humans into caricatures is folly. It's easy to create scapegoats and boogeymen/women/children.  Imagine the trauma of autism and deportation. When does human decency prevail?  The autism epidemic is wrapping its tentacles around families across the globe, just as David Kirby predicted in his book over a decade ago.   We need an "autism asylum" in addition to political asylum. It's the right thing to do. What wouldn't YOU do for your child? From The Guardian UK:

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'Our lives are in danger': mother with autistic son faces US deportation

She gets to work at 4am, puts on her boots, hard hat and respirator and goes straight through noon. Drywall finishing is demanding labor but it pays better than housekeeping ever did. More importantly, the hours are better for her three children.

After 3pm, two of her children get on with their day’s homework and a few chores, as Blanca expects, and as she needs them to do, because in the afternoon her full attention must turn to her middle child. Alfonso, 11, a US citizen by birth, is autistic and lives with severe motor, speech and emotional impediments. Together, the single mother and her son tie the knots of his shoes, regrip his fork as he eats. If a seizure strikes, she’s there to hold him. But in a week’s time, she may not be there.

Blanca waded across the Rio Grande in 2005 initially to escape poverty and after 2012 stayed away to avoid the growing violence in her native El Salvador, and settled successfully in the US.

She had been allowed to stay on humanitarian grounds, presenting herself to her local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) office annually and always routinely being rubber-stamped to remain in the US. But something suddenly changed.

In late July 2018, she walked into the Ice office as normal, but there was a new officer overseeing her case. He refused even to take her usual reapplication form for a stay of deportation out of her hand. Instead he told her to report back with a plane ticket to El Salvador by Wednesday 26 September.

“In El Salvador, me and my sons’ lives are in danger. And Alfonso wouldn’t receive any of the therapy and help he gets here. None of it...."

Read more here.


Doctors Paid to Overprescribe Humira Despite Deadly Side Effects. Sound Familar?

BarnumNote: With articles like this, you'd think the average American, even the slowest slug in town, would be able to wrap his or her head around the fact the doctors are overprescribing vaccinations with even less knowledge of side effects than with the drug Humira. Oh I know you don't need an Rx for a Vx. Might be better if you did. EEEEEEveryone can get EEEEEvery vaccine! No matter how disgusting pharmaceutical companies are found to be - Americans refuse flat out to believe vaccines have problems associated with them. Like causing an autism diagnosis.

I have an OLD competing interest - I used to work for a Philly promotions company that made chotchkes and gifts and luxe goodies for Pfizer and other pharma companies. I presented diamond earrings for a VIOXX promotion. Ain't that rich? If I 'd stayed in sales there instead of dropping out of the workforce to take care of my then 1 daughter with autism, I'd probably be rich too. Like the greedy, vile monsters in white coats who chose hypocrisy over their oath. FIRST TAKE EVERY CENT. Don't believe doctors are paid to meet vaccine quotas? Check out the screen shots from the 2016 Blue Cross INCENTIVE plan for doctors. How about $400 for each fully vaxed 2 year old? Hurry, hurry, hurry! Step right up! Roll up your child's sleeve at the greatest show on a paper covered table.

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By SUDHIN THANAWALA

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie illegally plied doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe one of the world’s best-selling drugs, Humira, despite its potentially deadly complications, a California official said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The lawsuit by the state’s insurance commissioner accuses the company of a far-reaching kickback scheme that led doctors to write more prescriptions for the drug, tainting their relationship with patients and driving up insurance costs. It’s likely patients were prescribed Humira because of the kickbacks provided by AbbVie and not because it was the best medication to treat them, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said on a conference call announcing the lawsuit.

“Ultimately, AbbVie gambled with the health and safety of thousands of Californians’ lives, including children, by making sure patients continued to take Humira at any cost, all to protect their profits not the health and well-being of patients,” Jones said.

Humira is an injectable drug that is widely advertised as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions and comes with a warning for cancer and serious infections that can turn deadly. It had sales of over $12 billion in 2017, according to the lawsuit.  Read more here.

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Utah 2nd District Debate Interrupted by Vaccine Injury Comment

Speak_out_for_safety_osha_caution_signFrom The Hill.com Man arrested for shouting into Utah Republican's mic at debaten.  The comments are a ghastly display of ignorance and hatred.

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Police arrested a man Monday who interrupted a debate by shouting into Rep. Chris Stewart's (R-Utah) mic during a debate with opponent Shireen Ghorbani (D) in Utah.

Corbin Cox McMillen was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and interrupting a political debate for commandeering Stewart's mic to announce a connection between vaccines and autism, according to local CBS affiliate KUTV in Utah.

McMillen appeared to shout "vaccines cause autism," before being escorted off stage, according to multiple reports.

The Utah Debate Commission released a statement promising to improve security for future debates.

"Safety in our venues is our number one priority," the statement read, according to KUTV. "Unfortunately, one person crossed the line, was escorted out and arrested by law enforcement authorities that were present. The Utah Debate Commission will review and enhance our security at future debates while simultaneously continuing to encourage participation in the electoral process."

A Dan Jones & Associates poll from earlier this month found Stewart with an 11 point lead over Ghorbani at 45 to 34 percent with 16 percent undecided. The margin of error was 6.9 percent.

Stewart was first elected as a representative of Utah's 2nd district in 2012.


Cochrane Collaboration Letter to Members Regarding Ousting

Cochrane logoDear Cochrane members,

These are extraordinary times and we find ourselves in an extraordinary situation. Your Board is always happy to answer questions about our decisions, and today is no different. We want to explain how we got here today. This wasn’t our original plan because we wanted to behave fairly and with integrity, in a process that respected the privacy of an individual, whilst taking place over a number of days. Days, which unfortunately span this special Colloquium.

This is about the behaviour of one individual. There has been a lengthy investigation into repeated bad behaviour over many years. It is exceptionally unusual for a Board to have to do such an investigation.

Last Thursday, the Board took a decision which divided the Board. Subsequently, four Board members chose to resign and have actively disseminated an incomplete and misleading account of events. At the same time, others contributed to a public and media campaign of misinformation.

We recognize that the last 24 hours have been exceptionally difficult and as a result, we as a Board have decided to share with you information about the decision that was made, the process by which it was made, and where we are now, in order to act in the best interests of Cochrane.

We now want to put before you as much evidence as we can, so you know what is going on. We cannot tell you everything. All of you will understand why individuals have a right to privacy and confidentiality. We ask that you all respect this, because we may not be able to tell you everything, for legal reasons and reasons of privacy.

Continue reading "Cochrane Collaboration Letter to Members Regarding Ousting" »


NC State Bar Association Lawsuit Against Vaccine Rights Attorney Alan Phillips

Kent legalIn May 2018, the NC State Bar filed a lawsuit against the nation's leading Vaccine Rights Attorney, Alan Phillips, J.D. (NC is "Vaccine Central" in the pharma world.) Alan claims the lawsuit is illegal. Meanwhile, the Bar is suppressing multiple complaints against Bar attorneys.

The North Carolina State Bar, the agency that licenses NC attorneys, has taken the unprecedented step of filing a lawsuit against the nation’s leading vaccine rights attorney, Alan Phillips, J.D., to force Phillips to hand over years of his clients’ files or risk being jailed for civil contempt.
 
Attorney Phillips is the nation’s leading Vaccine Rights attorney, the only attorney whose practice is focused solely on vaccine exemptions and vaccine legislative activism, and who works with clients, attorneys, legislators and activists nationally in virtually every possible U.S. exemption setting.[1] North Alan Phillips, J.D.Carolina is known as “Vaccine Central” for its award-winning vaccine companies.[2] So, it’s not surprising that the NC State Bar is going after Phillips, with what Phillips claims are invented facts and law in a series of steps that appear to have been designed from the start to disbar Phillips, for helping people legally avoid vaccines. This is not just a personal attack against Phillips, it’s an attack on the entire vaccine awareness movement, given Phillips’ unique role in helping clients nationally with exemptions and legislative activism! So, please 1) share this story far and wide, 2) sign the petition linked below, 3) donate to support Phillips’ legal defense fund, and 4) stay tuned for updates to this story! (links below)
 
BASELESS ATTACK

The NC Bar’s lawsuit and underlying investigation are both unlawful for several reasons, according to Phillips. First, the Bar lacks the legally-required “allegation of misconduct.” That’s right, they are not even claiming Phillips actually did anything wrong, in which case (or should we say, “witch case”?) there is no legal basis for the investigation or lawsuit! There is also a blatant conflict of interest, Phillips points out, as he filed a good-faith complaint against State Bar attorneys for their fabrication of facts and law in a chess boardFebruary 2017 “Letter of Warning” to Phillips. NC Bar attorneys can’t lawfully investigate Phillips while Phillips has an unresolved complaint open against Bar attorneys; both matters must be addressed by outside, independent people to avoid the obvious conflicts of interest. But the NC Bar is ignoring that conflict; it is suppressing Phillips’ complaint against Bar attorneys, and aggressively pursuing Phillips.
 
Phillips is not alone in his claim that NC Bar attorneys have engaged in serious misconduct. His complaint against NC Bar attorneys is supported by two independent legal experts, and Phillips’ own preliminary investigation has turned up other witnesses to NC Bar officials fabricating facts, and other attorneys who claim they were disbarred based on facts invented by NC Bar attorneys. So, there appears to be a very serious problem at the NC State Bar!
 
And Phillips isn’t the only one who has filed a complaint against NC Bar attorneys! Several organizations around the country have also filed complaints in recent months, based on contradictions between a NC Bar letter and other information posted on the Internet. NC Bar officials are suppressing these complaints as well—again, avoiding scrutiny of their own actions. Yet, they continue to pass judgment on other NC attorneys. More than just a little ironic.

Continue reading "NC State Bar Association Lawsuit Against Vaccine Rights Attorney Alan Phillips" »


A Letter from Peter C Gøtzsche Following his Expulsion From The Cochrane Collaboration & The Chaos within the Group

Cochrane-nordic-820x360Note: Striking letter below from Dr. Peter Gotzsche, 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.

This unprecedented action taken by a minority of the Governing Board is disproportionate and damaging to Cochrane, as well as to public health interests.  As a result of this decision, and a number of broader issues concerning the inadequate governance of Cochrane, in accordance with its principles and objectives, four other members of the Board have resigned.

As a result, the Cochrane Collaboration has entered an unchartered territory of crisis and lack of strategic direction. A recovery from this dire situation would call for the dissolution of the present board, new elections and a broad based participatory debate about the future strategy and governance of the organization.

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Introducing Children's Health Defense a Robert Kennedy Jr. Initiative

Breaking newsDear World Mercury Project Community,

There are some important changes coming up in our organization that we’re very excited to share with you.

We know you realize that there is no greater crisis facing our world today than the chronic disease epidemic that has sabotaged the health of our children. When we first learned that mercury, one of the most neurotoxic substances on earth, was being injected into newborn infants, the World Mercury Project team was shocked beyond belief and crusaded for this dangerous practice to stop.

Through our advocacy work we have come to the realization that our children diagnosed with autism back in the 1990s were the tip of the iceberg with regard to injury, and that mercury was one of many harmful exposures driving the chronic disease epidemic that is plaguing our children.

Today, World Mercury Project is relaunching with a new name: Children’s Health Defense (CHD). We will have the same dedicated staff and board with Chairman, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Vice Chairman, JB Handley leading us. We will continue to publish our popular online newsletter Kennedy News and Views. If you already follow us on social media, you will automatically be switched over to our new Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts in the next couple of days.

As our new name implies, CHD will have a bigger, bolder mission to end the childhood health epidemics by working to expose causes, eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable, seek justice for those injured, and establish safeguards so this never happens to our children again. As part of holding those responsible accountable, CHD plans to introduce multiple legal initiatives in an effort to defend the health of our children and obtain justice for those already injured.

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National Autism Association Offers Hurricane Safety Tip for Families

NAA hurricane info
As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Florence, National Autism Association has created a guide to assist families. Visit https://nationalautismassociation.org/hurricane-florence-tips-for-before-during-after/. 

Stay safe, friends. Hurricanes disrupt life and we know what that can mean to families with a loved one on the spectrum, or to adults on the spectrum trying to get through the event.   XOX  Kim


IACC Meeting September 27, Public Comments Invited

IaccThe purpose of the 2018 IACC Workshop: Addressing the Health Needs of People on the Autism Spectrum, is to convene a working group of the IACC that will focus on health needs and outcomes among people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The working group will use this workshop to discuss health epidemiology, patient-provider interactions, and co-occurring health conditions that affect people with ASD. The workshop will be open to the public, will include time for public comments, and will be accessible by live webcast and conference call.   Click here for complete details.

  Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Place: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
6001 Executive Boulevard, Neuroscience Center (NSC)
Conference Rooms C, D and E
Rockville, MD 20850
Metro Stop: White Flint Metro Station (Red Line)
Registration: Pre-registration is recommended to expedite check-in. Seating in the meeting room is limited to room capacity and on a first come, first served basis. Onsite registration will also be available. Register
Remote Access: Conference Call:
Dial: 800-369-1744
Access code: 6697418
Webcast: https://videocast.nih.gov/live.asp?live=28242&bhcp=1ac
If you experience technical problems with the webcast or conference call, please call 240-668-0302 or e-mail IACCPublicInquiries@mail.nih.gov.

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Infertility as a Cure for Autism

Old sperm and eggThanks to Ginger Taylor for sharing this story from GQ Magazine. Sperm Count Zero.

A strange thing has happened to men over the past few decades: We’ve become increasingly infertile, so much so that within a generation we may lose the ability to reproduce entirely. What’s causing this mysterious drop in sperm counts—and is there any way to reverse it before it’s too late?

The target in the article appears to be plastics - phalates - affecting both men and women.  Other chemicals are given a "pass" (that's an oversimplification, do read the article) as the industrial revolution raced forward for almost 100 years before the drop was seen. However, 1995 comes into play as a date where the slope (rate of change) steepened.

Levine was ready with an answer. “So that's one of the reasons we also conducted a sensitivity analysis,” he said from the stage, “with studies with sample collection only after 1995—and the slope was even steeper. So that could not explain the decline we see after 1995.”

The pediatric vaccine schedule had hyper-bolus doses of mercury in it in 1995 including 12.5 mcg in birth dose Hep B alone. My first thought, and perhaps yours too, was "What is the science on mercury levels and sperm count and motility? 

Hair mercury (Hg) levels, fish consumption and semen parameters among men attending a fertility center.

Chronic exposure to low doses of mercury impairs sperm quality and induces oxidative stress in rats.

There are many such studies at our fingertips. Mercury continues to be a problem for infants as doctors routinely administer flu shots to pregnant women, and children over age 3 are not considered as "must" for mercury reduced vaccinations.

Mercury remains in dental amalgam. Sushi is as common as Ritz Crackers in grocery stores from California to Maine. Other chemicals like glyphosate and certainly phalates are taking their toll.  It adds up to a toxic burden of never before seen proportions. And our boys, for those readers who have sons, and whose sons not so severely affected by autism that they might be able to father children one day, are losing their fertility. 


Italy's Vaccine Policy Changes Again

Italy mandatesItaly has changed policy again. Italy Does U-turn on compulsory vaccine law... again

From Local Italy: Children in Italy must be vaccinated before they start school, it was announced on Wednesday, reversing the government's earlier decision to scrap the requirement.

Amid confusion over the rules as the new school year begins, the governing Five Star Movement (M5S) presented parliament with an amendment that effectively halts its own reform and reinstates the previous vaccination requirements.

The new administration, a coalition between the M5S and the League, had promised to drop a law adopted by the previous government that banned children from starting pre-school unless they had received jabs against ten diseases, including measles, tetanus and polio.

One of its first moves after taking power was to propose an amendment pushing back enforcement of mandatory vaccination to the 2019-20 academic year, pending a complete revision of the law after the summer recess.