Anne Dachel

With Gifts Like These....

Bad gift
Yes. We went there. Enough with the nonsense.

We DO celebrate our loved ones with autism. We honor them EVERY DAY by taking care of them, advocating for them, fighting tooth and nail for them.   We do NOT CELEBRATE their autism.  That's just nonsense. Plain and simple.

By Anne Dachel

There has been a flurry of news reports over the past several weeks telling us about autism awareness and autism acceptance and the reasons we should be celebrating all the people with autism today.

For those of us who’ve been involved with autism advocacy over the last 20 years, it all seems like nonsense. Somehow we’re supposed to pretend that having one in 36 children with autism is nothing new.

Actually, a whole month dedicated to normalizing a serious neurological disorder affecting evermore children may have a truly sinister purpose.

What if all this is nothing but a cover-up by those responsible for worldwide damage as a result of an ever-growing, unchecked, unsafe vaccine schedule?

There are many who believe it is.

A brilliant way to avoid culpability and continue the lucrative, liability-free scheme would be to rebrand the damage as something totally divorced from vaccine injury.

It is actually happening all around us if we care to look closely, and it is ingenious.

We live in a world where a neurological disorder affecting greater and greater numbers of children is now reduced to NEURODIVERISTY.  We’re told this condition (not a disability) has always been part of human existence; it just took until the 21st century for experts to understand what it is.

Problem solved

This pretense of no real increase, just better diagnosing, has worked perfectly. No one challenges it. Faithful minions in the media do as they’re told and are now flooding the news with heartwarming stories about autism awareness/acceptance.

We’ve come so far

Doctors and health officials are great promoters of this mindset. They’re not worried about autism. In fact, the medical community has taken credit for the exponential increase in diagnoses due to better diagnosing on their part.

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Abracadabra Autism is a Condition!

Magician evilDr. Jesudoss was introduced. He is an expert and the father of two nonverbal teenage sons with autism. He was asked what autism is, and he assured us that autistic people are just like the rest of us. He said that the CDC has changed autism from a disorder to a condition.

By Anne Dachel

Two weeks into April, we’re now used to hearing about autism awareness and acceptance. We’re told we should celebrate autism and neurodiversity and promote inclusion.

It’s tiresome and totally disconnected from the reality of autism all around us.

I found an interview that was the ultimate in covering up what autism is doing to the human race.

It was on Fox13 in Tampa Bay on April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day.

It’s Autism Awareness Month

The news anchor interviewed Dr. Randhir Jesudoss who is with Orlando Health Bayfront Hospital.

First of all we were told that all the autism is because of better diagnosing.

News anchor:

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.

It’s a day to draw attention to the growing need for programs that are designed to support people with autism spectrum disorder.

According to the CDC, that’s a lot of people, about one in 36 children have some form of autism. It’s something we’re more aware of than ever.

And thankfully, we’re getting better at diagnosing and treating it.

Dr. Jesudoss was introduced. He is an expert and the father of two nonverbal teenage sons with autism. He was asked what autism is, and he assured us that autistic people are just like the rest of us. He said that the CDC has changed autism from a disorder to a condition.

Jesudoss:

It is when somebody has difficulty in social interaction, where there is some language delay. There is some repetitive behaviors.

These are the three things people usually see these kids and adults, but that is not what they are, and what you see is not what they have.

Most have normal cognition, and they have all emotions and everything like a normal person has.

Anchor:

Everything that’s going on inside, is just as normal as it should be. And it’s the outward expression of that.

Autism just shows up at about a year and a half to two years of age.

When did you and your wife notice that your sons might have autism spectrum disorder.

How did that manifest itself?

Jesudoss:

Both of them, we started noticing them around 18 mouths to 24.

Being physicians ourselves, we were a little apprehensive, and then they were officially diagnosed when we moved to the United States. They were four and two years old. . . .

They have inclusion with their peers in the normal school system and has helped them interact better.. . .

Being nonverbal doesn’t mean anything is wrong.

The teachers identified that these boys were not, although they couldn’t speak, but they were able to be instructed in the regular curriculum, and they were able to give the answers as much as a normal child would do.

We have come so far.

Anchor:

Isn’t that something 20 years ago or so and perhaps still in other countries today, they would say, well this child can’t learn, but it’s not that at all.

The anchor asked Jesudoss what parents should do if they suspect their child has autism.

Look at the list of child health specialists profiting off the epidemic of damaged children.

Jesudoss:

The first thing is be screened, and the best connection is your primary pediatrician. Get a referral. There are specialists who deal with these children and adolescents. They are called developmental pediatricians.

And then of course, if there are issues with the neurological system, then you have child neurologists who take care of them. Also if there are any kind of psychiatric issue, then the child psychiatrists will take care of them.

These are the things that are seen in children with autism.  . .

Having autism is normal and so is being nonverbal, having seizures, GI issues and sleep disorders. We just didn’t notice these things in the past in children.

Some of them do have seizures, some of them do have anxiety issues, some of them do have GI issues where I come in to treat them.

Also they do have sleep issues and stuff which can be globally addressed with a specialty called a developmental pediatrician.   

Anchor:

And the great news is, on this World Autism Day, that we have come so far in identifying and treating, in recognizing that there’s really no difference from someone who’s on the autism spectrum disorder to anyone else out there. It’s just a matter of addressing things and giving them all the support that we can.

Jesudoss:

And communication is the key to all these beautiful children and adults.

Anchor:

I love how you said it earlier, how when you came to this beautiful country . . ., you saw the resources that are available to help every child have the full potential and the best life they can. 

The news anchor and the doctor leave us thinking everything is great with autism. It’s just a difference, not a disability. Doctors are doing an incredible job finally noticing a “condition” that’s always been around.

. . . We have come so far in identifying and treating, in recognizing that there’s really no difference from someone who’s on the autism spectrum disorder to anyone else out there. It’s just a matter of addressing things and giving them all the support that we can.

I don’t know who scares me more, the clueless newsman or the disingenuous doctor.

Maybe they should read the commentary from the mother of the severely disabled adult son with autism.

April 7, 2024, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Rose Baumann: Misunderstanding autism: It’s not just a different way of being

As we leave behind the capricious days of March for the hope of True Spring in April, members of the autism community prepare to commemorate Autism Awareness/​Acceptance Month. Like many “awareness” months, April has been officially recognized by state and national leaders as a time to acknowledge a disorder and a population that has historically been misunderstood, mistreated, and misrepresented. . . .

No other descriptor besides “profound” is sufficient to describe the things my son struggles with on a regular basis: self-injurious behavior that is so pervasive he wears a protective helmet 24x7 to prevent brain trauma and facial fractures; spikes in aggression that can come out of nowhere, causing property damage and injury to those in his path; anxiety that can trigger incidents of elopement from the home or, worse, a moving vehicle; and communication difficulties that prevent him from telling anyone when he hurts, what he fears, or who may have harmed him (an occurrence that is far too common amongst individuals with profound autism).

Parents like this woman would see the Fox13 interview as absurd and beyond insensitive.

That news anchor completely failed in asking questions. He seemed well-informed on autism as something that lots of kids have, but it’s not a real problem.

The whole thing was basically telling what autism is and what to do when your child is suspected of having ASD. Of course the autism the two of them talked about isn’t what so many children and their parents have to live with.

The real message was, having a child with autism is normal.

Of course it’s one more ludicrous depiction of what will eventually lead to the collapse of everything. I can’t say it more strongly.

No society can survive with huge numbers of children who cannot function normally. They will become DEPENDENT ADULTS and we’ll all be paying for their care. More and more will follow in their footsteps, and the impact autism is having on schools is nothing compared to what the cost of adult care will do to us.

In August, 2023, the Boca Raton Tribune ran the story, ABA Centers of Florida Opens Flagship Autism Care Center in  Boca Raton to Provide Children on the Spectrum with The Care That They Need Quickly   

Although the piece was about the opening of an ABA center and featured a ribbon cutting picture where all the folks were smiling, the opening of a paragraph in the middle of the story was stunning.

“Nearly 5% of children in Florida have autism and we understand that when we make an impact in those kiddos’ lives, we make an impact in their siblings’ lives, in their parents’ lives, in their teachers’ lives.”

5%. How is that not a disaster?

This nightmare has no end in sight.

FOOTNOTE:

When Dr. Jesudoss was interviewed on Fox13 in Tampa Bay, he was first asked about what autism is. Here is his response.

According to the CDC, autism has been changed to what is called autism spectrum disorder because it’s a spectrum of individuals we are talking about who are being affected in different ways because of the disease.

In fact they have changed it from a disease to a disorder to a condition right now.

I thought about the difference between “a condition” and “a disorder.” I’m sure “condition” somehow makes autism sound less severe. Having a condition rather than having a disorder doesn’t sound so bad.

I’m also convinced that the focus on “neurodiversity” and “inclusion” everywhere during Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month are part of a plan to make autism just part of all the neurological conditions that are part of being human.

Lots of people now object to the use of the puzzle piece to symbolize autism. They say autism isn’t a problem to be solved. More and more we’re seeing the neurodiversity infinity symbol being used.

I can see April morphing into Neurodiveristy Affirming Month, where the real story of autism is lost in the sea of entertainers and athletes who’ve recently discovered they’ve been autistic all along.  

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DenialDenial: How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future

By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill
Skyhorse Publishing

Even as the autism rate soars and the cost to our nation climbs well into the billions, a dangerous new idea is taking hold: There simply is no autism epidemic.

The question is stark: Is autism ancient, a genetic variation that demands acceptance and celebration? Or is it new and disabling, triggered by something in the environment that is damaging more children every day?

 


We Must Honor and Acknowledge PROFOUND Autism Too

We Are Here VideoBy Anne Dachel

A commentary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on April 7th immediately got my attention because it is the reality check we all need.

While USA Today is out to convince readers that having a child with autism is normal and just “a part of human diversity,” the mother of an adult son with profound autism describes her incredibly difficult life.

The headline makes clear what autism isn’t.

Rose Baumann: Misunderstanding autism: It’s not just a different way of being

Rebranding autism

Unfortunately, there is a movement afoot within the autism community that might abolish the need for an Autism Awareness/​Acceptance month altogether. The growing population of neurodiversity advocates seem to be mainly autistic self-advocates with low support needs, plus scores of self identified autistics, many of whom get their diagnostic authority from Tik-Tok videos or “You might be autistic if” quizzes online.

If they continue to tell the world that autism is not a disorder, the official keepers of the World Awareness Calendar can reassign the month of April to another cause.

Profound autism  

For those with profound autism, a group the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates at approximately 27% of the entire autism population, this shift in the narrative from autism-as-a-disorder to autism-as-just-another-way-of-being has done considerable harm.

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Mass Poisoning

2402933F-B20F-4364-A440-BBAA2009C125By Anne Dachel

I was surprised to read Toby Rogers’ piece on Substack, What does a society in the midst of a mass poisoning look like? on March 28th.  Surprised, because he mentioned my website, Loss of Brain Trust in the introduction.

 I’ve been wanting to write this article for a while. It’s really the whole point of my Substack — to describe a society in the midst of a mass poisoning. Anne Dachel at Loss of Brain Trust does the best-in-class job of tracking the costs of vaccine injury throughout the developed world (with more than 7,000 articles posted to date). But my goal is to describe the sociology and political economy of it all — the ways in which vaccine injury shapes and indeed warps all aspects of society and culture today.

(This also woke me up to the fact that I hadn’t changed the number of stories posted for several years, and now it’s 9,000!)

The focus of Toby’s article was the fact that everywhere we look, we see the explosion in chronic illnesses  and neurological disorders, especially in children. These are the result of vaccine injury, or what autism activist Louis Conte calls, The Great Poisoning.

Toby wrote:

If you regularly read my Substack you already know the basics — autism, ADHD, autoimmune disorders including arthritis, life-threatening allergies, asthma, Alzheimer’s, childhood cancers, diabetes, eczema, seizure disorders, sex dysphoria, sudden infant death syndrome, and sudden adolescent/adult death syndrome are all vaccine injuries. . . .

In our society chronic illness is normalized and celebrated while iatrogenic deaths and mass shootings are greeted with “Oh gee golly shucks whatever could be causing this!?”

So that’s a “Level 1” understanding of what a society in the midst of a mass poisoning looks like. But the impact of vaccine injury goes well beyond that to shape all facets of culture.

Toby continued, linking vaccine injury to lower fertility rates around the world. He pointed out changes in our everyday lives clearly the result of people who cannot function normally. This includes things like sensory friendly accommodations now common in retail businesses like movie theaters and restaurants.

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Autism Research from Wuhan? For Real?

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By Anne Dachel

As I was scouring the news for the latest autism developments, I ran across a number of stories about autism research.

There have been lots of things associated with autism over the past 20 years, possible triggers that could affect a susceptible child. Nothing is ever conclusive, and I like to refer to this stuff as autism busywork. 

As expected, in time for Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month in April, I’ve seen reports linking autism to household chemicals and to toxic plastic.

AND one from the U.K. Daily Mail linked autism to moms who drink too much coffee and eat a high fat diet.

The title was, Now scientists suggest women avoid coffee while pregnant because of links to AUTISM in their child.

Scientists are cautioning women against drinking too much coffee during pregnancy after finding caffeine may raise the risk of autism in their child.

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Stimming Acceptance

Pink heart no thanksNormalize. Praise. Elevate. Wow. Now, we know stimming can provide comfort and context to our children. At the same time, not sure how celebrating this aspect of autism is needed. Acceptance? Yes. Explaining to others? Yes. Shame? NO.  Management for times when it simply is not appropriate? Yes, that too.  We do a disservice to our children when we do not help them to fit in, manage behaviors and travel in the NT world. This doesn't mean we don't ADORE them as they are. We celebrate our kids every day.

By Anne Dachel

On March 18th
WBUR, Boston had a news segment entitled, New children’s book ‘Flap Your Hands’ celebrates stimming as expression.

The story promoted a new book by an autistic adult who seeks to normalize a feature of autism.

People with autism often face a stigma for stimming — a repetitive behavior to regulate emotions that can sometimes look like someone flapping their hands or wiggling their fingers.

The children’s book "Flap Your Hands: A Celebration of Stimmingpresents an opposing narrative; stimming is natural and wonderful, taking families through a colorful journey of acceptance and joy.

Here & Now’s Deepa Fernandes speaks with author and illustrator Steve Asbell.

WBUR’s host, Fernandesit, interviewed author Steve Asbell.  Asbell was diagnosed as an adult.

INTERVEW

About his diagnosis:

It helped me not only accept who I am, but honestly celebrate who I  am and practice self-care better. . . .

Like a lot of other late diagnosed autistics, I learned to mask behaviors that would be considered not normal, whether due to stigma or internalized pressures where you just pretty much teach yourself not to do the thing that’s going to get you made fun of. . . .

. . .Even if it’s more discrete, there are ways that pretty much anybody can self-regulate in a way that helps them get through the day, helps them deal with emotions, sensory issues. . . .

A lot of kids are taught from early on to, sadly, not stim.

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Regressive Autism Gets Lost In a World of Self-Diagnosed Autism

Big lieAnne Dachel has been covering the "big lie" about autism (lies, actually) since our inception. did you just read that Tallulah Bankhead (I mean Willis, even I'm not Tallulah Bankhead old) has "come out" saying she is autistic? One of the worst lies has been the denial of biological, regressive autism. So many AofA families watched their thriving, vibrant, sharp as tacks toddlers plunge into the deep waters of autism. As April approaches, we solemnly swear that we will be up to ALL good. We will speak our truth, to use the parlance of the day. Autism sucks. Most of all, for the person with autism, who has to surmount so many challenges every minute of every day. We will NEVER allow the mainstream world to forget our kids or us, the beleaguered parents from a generation ago who were WOKE long before it was twisted into an unrecognizable mirage of denial and gaslighting.  Anne's comments are not italicized.

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By Anne Dachel

Mar 13th Healthline published the article, What Is Regression in Autism?

The message was clear: REGRESSION IS NORMAL for those with autism, both in children and adults.

Autistic regression refers to a loss of previously acquired skills or a backtracking of developmental milestones. In young children, it may represent autism onset. In older children and adults, it may be a sign of autistic burnout.

There are a variety of skills that can be lost.

Regression may become evident across multiple areas, including:

language

social skills

emotional regulation

motor function

self-directed behavior

It’s just part of having autism.

“Regression in autism is exactly what the name implies,” Lacey Cottingham, a licensed clinical social worker from Raleigh, North Carolina, told Healthline. “You are autistic. You were able to do a set of things, and then you find you can’t do those things anymore.”

Autistic regression may occur after an established ASD diagnosis, in what’s called “late regression,” or it may be one way ASD presents during early childhood and that leads to diagnosis.

And it is common in autism.

A 2019 review indicates that for approximately one-third of children, ASD onset is signified by the loss of established skills after typical development.

We really don’t know why regression happens.

Why regression happens in ASD isn’t clear. When it comes to early onset symptoms, some experts believe developmental regression may represent a subtype of ASD.

A multicenter study from 2022, for example, suggests regressive ASD is associated with more severe core symptoms, lower neurocognitive developmental levels, and a higher need for support than nonregressive ASD.

Experiencing regression after an ASD diagnosis may develop from autistic burnout, even in children, says Myszak, though it’s more likely a factor for older children than younger ones. . . .

Learn the signs.

According to a 2023 review, language and social skills are common areas where regression in autistic children becomes evident.

Signs of regression may include:

loss of previously used words or phrases

overall decreased communication

new challenges in forming sentences

grammar mistakes

reverting to infantile sounds, like cooing or babbling

not understanding communication from others

social withdrawal

reduced eye contact

not acknowledging social cues

lack of interest in peer engagement

not wanting to share or take turns

What can a parent do?

“Speaking very broadly and generally, if you can clear up whatever led to the anxiety or stress, you’ll fix the regression,” Cottingham said.

What age is autism regression common?

 According to 2021 research, early onset autistic regression typically occurs between ages 18–24 months, while late regression has a mean onset of 13 years.

 Can regressive autism be stopped?

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Dr. Bret Weinstein's Dire Warning

Cautionary_warning_--_CautionOur health shouldn't be a partisan issue.  And yet, it is. AofA'ers know that the CDC has been no friend to us.

By Anne Dachel

The Rubin Report covered the recent Senate panel testimony of Dr. Bret Weinstein. Notice the comments about trust in the pronouncements from the CDC. Sadly, what many of us know about the corruption, collusion and cover-up of the CDC is true of our federal agencies across the board.

Bret Weinstein Issues a Dire Warning to Senate Panel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=5cVWKtOWVzk

Bret Weinstein, PhD, former professor of evolutionary biology, testified before a U.S. Senate panel, and his words were profound. I hope some Senators listening to his comments realize how dire things really are. Some excerpts:

Weinstein: I’m as certain of it as I am of anything. We are being systematically blinded.  . . .

I believe we must zoom out if we are to understand the pattern that we are gathered here to explore because the pattern is larger than federal health agencies and the cartel.

If we do zoom out and ask, what are they hiding, the answer becomes as obvious as it is disturbing.

THEY ARE HIDING EVERYTHING.

It will be jarring for many to hear a scientist speak with such certainty. It should be jarring. We are trained to present ideas with caution as hypotheses in need of a test, but in this case, I have tested the idea, and I am as certain of it as I am of anything. 

We are being systemically blinded. It is the only explanation I have encountered that will not only describe the present, but also in my experience, predicts the future with all but perfect accuracy.

The pattern is a simple one. You can see it clearly and test it yourself. Every single institution dedicated to public truth seeking is under simultaneous attack.

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Where Autism Identifies As Severe

Truth doesn't changeBy Anne Dachel

How we lie to ourselves.

Imagine the forces out there that are able to cover up the truth about the severity of the autism epidemic and the consequences facing governments around the world.

What if, as many thousands of us in the autism community believe, all the autism is the result of the hugely profitable, liability-free, unchecked, unsafe vaccination schedule forced on our children in order to attend school.

There would have to be massive efforts to hide this link. Exposure to the truth would shake the very core of public trust in the medical community and government health care oversight. Naturally everything would be done to dissuade the public from thinking vaccines cause autism.

First of all, pharmaceutical industry advertising pressure would be used make sure that print, television, and online news sources deny any link.

Doctors would be indoctrinated to parrot the mantras VACCINES ARE SAFE, VACCINES SAVE LIVES and STUDIES SHOW NO LINK.

And of course there would be lots of pharma-funded science out there dismissing any possibility that vaccines did bad things to children.

Most important of all would normalizing autism.

How can autism be on the increase if every time the rate is updated to even more horrific numbers, experts and officials all repeated the well worn phrase that it’s all due to BETTER DIAGNOSING and GREATER AWARENESS?

The message is: All the autism is a good thing.

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Med Schools Not Preparing Doctors for Autism

DuhNote: I beg to differ with the MedPage article Anne presents. Medical schools are educating their students perfectly, 100% about autism. "It's not caused by vaccines."  Ta da! That's all they need to know. The actual CARE of individuals, aw, just leave that to the parents, the schools, the non-medical therapist.

By Anne Dachel

I recently found an absolutely bizarre story that proves how little the  medical establishment cares about autism and what it’s doing to children.

On February 7th Med Page Today published a piece entitled, Medical Schools Are Not Preparing Us to Care for Autistic Individuals— It's time for that to change

The gist of the article, written by two people in the medical profession, is that doctors AREN’T BEING TRAINED TO DEAL WITH AUTISTIC PATIENTS; REFORM IS NEEDED.

The authors were Reeda Iqbal, a medical student at Georgetown School of Medicine and Sherab Tsheringla, MD, MBBS, a child and adolescent psychiatry resident at the Yale School of Medicine.

Those are some pretty impressive places, and one would expect that top notch schools like Georgetown and Yale would have cutting edge training in something affecting one in every 36 U.S. children, one in every 22 boys.

Sadly, that is not the case.

One of the authors has a severely autistic sibling and for her, it’s a personal issue.

When I entered medical school, I quickly learned that there are important gaps in autism medical education. A 2019 study demonstrated that medical students report low knowledge of ASD, and more than 90% of students cite inadequate preparation for caring for individuals with autism. Medical students also report a greater need for increased education and training in ASD care. …

It does not help that 77% of primary care physicians rate their ability to care for an autistic adult as poor or fair. It is clear that our current medical system is not equipped to care for autistic individuals and their families.

The authors call for more training for doctors-to-be on all aspects of autism.

First, it is important for medical students to understand the heterogeneous symptom presentation of autism, including the different communication styles and sensory sensitivities that exist….

Second, for patients with profound autism, medical students can receive training on behavioral strategies that can be used to address behaviors that are challenging. …

Third, medical students should learn about the different co-occurring conditions associated with autism. …

Clearly Iqbal and Tsheringla accept autism as just part of the human condition. The rate of one in 36 children doesn’t set off alarm bells for them.

Their only concern is that doctors need to be better schooled in autism.

Utterly absurd

Several comments in the article show that they are not interested in doing anything to address autism as the epidemic is clearly is.

As autism prevalence continues to rise, it is increasingly likely that medical students will encounter and care for a patient with ASD.

Those are the code words for NO REAL INCREASE that officials have chanted nonstop for two decades.

The prevalence of autism is increasing, but never the incidence.

Iqbal and Tsheringla are part of the medical community that has unabashedly taken credit for each and every leap higher in the official autism rate.

How is it possible that doctors could have done that if they currently know nothing about autism? Neither of them address this.

Iqbal and Tsheringla write: “…one in three people with autism have profound autism…”

Doesn’t that seem to be an incredible statistic? IF a third of the one in 36 children with autism have severe autism, shouldn’t doctors have figured out what autism is years ago?

The truth is, doctors, along with health officials, have remained clueless about autism on purpose.

IF autism is affecting more and more children, something is causing it. Something has to be done to stop it. The possibility that this is an iatrogenic condition resulting from their childhood vaccine schedule never goes away.

No, the medical playbook will never recognize autism as a crisis. It’s a permanent puzzle, a curiosity we have all the time in the world to figure out.

Iqbal and Tsheringla are fine with the autism rate as it is, and they’ll probably be just as accepting when it’s one in 25 and then one in 20.

The ending of the piece proves my point.

As a first-year medical student, I am often told I am the future of medicine. As a sibling of an autistic individual, I believe it is critical that we enhance the training of future physicians to become competent providers for autistic patients.

Patients with autism deserve to be treated with the highest quality of care. Promoting greater inclusivity and neurodiversity means greater input from the neurodivergent community about how they want their care needs to be met, and building a healthcare system that can respond with humility and adroitness. This begins with the implementation of autism medical education at all medical schools, including my own. Next time I go to the doctor with my sister, I hope that her doctor will be knowledgeable, accepting, and prepared to provide the best care.

That’s the goal: “greater inclusivity and neurodiversity.”

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

 


UK Autism Crisis

UK puzzleBy Anne Dachel

“Tens of thousands of children waiting months and years for help after demand rockets”

The UK has announced an “autism assessment and support crisis.”

Please note that AUTISM itself is not a crisis. That can never happen.

There an increase in demand for assessments, but THERE IS NEVER MORE AUTISM.

We are to believe that while the actual autism numbers have never increased, recent findings reveal that there are TENS OF THOUSANDS of children waiting to be assessed for autism.

That can’t be good because there are currently endless news reports about how schools are struggling to deal with the tidal wave of children on the spectrum. Imagine thousands more qualifying for support and services.

A report on February 2nd described how dire the situation is. Getting assessed for autism qualifies students for special education services.

Calls for urgent reform to autism assessments in South Yorkshire

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As You Are. Or Were.

As You AreWe've asked the same question for 17 years as the autism rate has exploded: Instead of building more ambulances, maybe we should prevent the car accidents? Families are now waiting years to get into a hospital based autism center for diagnosis. Anne wrote about a new company that is offering quicker, virtual, online service to families tired of waiting. Virtual Autism Diagnostic Evaluations for Kids Speeding up the process is a good thing. Kids needs the diagnosis to access important services. But.... the name alone "As You Are" tweaks my ire. " We'd rename it, "As You WERE." I poked around the website, I found it noteworthy that of the 28 physicians listed, 25 are female, all of whom appear to be under 50. Make of that what you will.

By Anne Dachel

On Jan 16th CBS Boston, WBZ Morning Mix included a brief interview with the CEO of a new company that promises to reduce the wait time for getting a child an autism diagnosis.

It was a cheery exchange.

CEO of AsYouAre.com, Kayla Wagner, talked about her company which is now nationwide. They provide ONLINE ASD DIAGNOSES. Kayla talked about the usual wait times, now over two years, to just seeing a specialist for an assessment.

That was described as “really pretty terrible.”

This can now be reduced to a wait of a few weeks, thanks to the experts at AsYouAre.com.

What was so disturbing about this was the cavalier attitude towards autism itself. No one mentioned the current rate, one that shows no signs of leveling off.

The inference was made that we’re just now becoming aware of all the autism out there. “Awareness is definitely part of it, and it’s important.”

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Autism Rates are Now Certifiable

Who remembers this yard flag?
Who remembers this yard flag?

The United States of Autism is where acceptance is a cover word for, "Let's do nothing to stem the tide. Let's pretend it's not decimating families. Let's tell everyone it's a good thing." Autism rates have climbed for more than 30 years. But today, chronic illness and disability are all climbing with little worry.  Cancer. Heart issues. Diabetes. Mental illness. Up, up and no answers. What's really galling is that for all the new schools and BCBA centers, there's little progress or improvement for children and adults with autism. Walk into a day program. Ask the plethora of un- and under-employed adults on the spectrum, even the old Asperger's diagnosis if they are meeting their potential, Ask men and women who should be approaching retirement what they face as they age and take care of their autistic Autism acceptancechildren. See exactly what 19 years of special education has done to help individuals. Autism is NOT a difference. It's a diagnosis. With consequences for the entire family and ultimately, American society. The puzzle piece STILL matters.  Even if autism goes on to infinity and beyond.

By Anne Dachel

ONE IN 36 AND COUNTING

Those of us who have adult children with autism remember a time twenty years ago when people were worried about the condition. It was a new label and people didn’t understand what was wrong with these children who started showing up in greater and greater numbers.

Back in 2004, the official rate was one in every 166 children, one in every 102 boys. Those were concerning numbers at the time. There were numerous congressional hearings looking into the autism increase.

Without exception, every health official who showed up at these hearings denied anything was seriously wrong. Most of all, they debunked the claim that vaccines can cause autism. They had all their pharma-funded population studies showing no link.

Autism was blamed on bad genetics (an updated version of the “refrigerator mom” of the 1950s).

Denying any increase at all was the real focus of health officials.

Continue reading "Autism Rates are Now Certifiable" »


PART FOUR Autism: Thirty years of lies and cover-up

Big lieNote: This is the final installment of Anne Dachel's Thirty Years series. We're in our 17th year of publication. Many of our readers have adult children with autism in, or approaching, their 30s. Some even older. We must continue to speak our truth - our kids' truth.

Part Three
Part Two
Part One

By Anne Dachel

'We have put our trust in people who don't deserve it and who fail to earn it'

There would be no end to this series if I were to focus on the people in positions of authority who have lied to us about autism over the years. I have written hundreds of stories about the officials and experts whose job it is to protect the health of our children.

In truth, they have used their positions to promote the interests of the pharmaceutical industry—the entity they’re supported to regulate. Very often, after a certain number of years at the CDC or NIH, they’re rewarded with a lucrative position in some branch of pharma for a job well done. 

Their names are familiar to all of us because of the public positions they’ve taken, reassuring concerned parents that vaccines didn’t cause their child’s autism. They get the mainstream news coverage over and over.

Continue reading "PART FOUR Autism: Thirty years of lies and cover-up" »


No Cause Just A Big Lie

LieBy Anne Dachel

January 14th political economist Toby Rogers, PhD published another incredible piece on the corruption, collusion and cover-up surrounding autism and vaccines.

He called it, The big lie is having a corrosive effect on the minds of the bougiecrats.

The piece got my attention because I’ve written dozens of times over the past 20 year about what I call, “The Really Big Lie about Autism.” (See four examples at the bottom of this post.)

I have a different take on “the really big lie,” meaning that I’ve long said the main lie was the continual denial that more kids actually have autism. No health official in America has ever recognized that this disorder is on the increase. I’m sure if anyone at the CDC even hinted at it, they’d be gone the next day.

This denial is so critical because IF there’s been no real increase, then they can point to bad genes as the cause of autism. Autism has always affected the human race at whatever the latest rate is, we just didn’t realize what it was.

Toby’s brief article points to ANOTHER AUTISM LIE, the denial that vaccines are the cause.

Continue reading "No Cause Just A Big Lie" »


PART THREE Autism: Thirty Years of Lies and Cover-up

LiesWho remembers when Dr. Thomas Insel chose to step out of an elevator rather than ride with an autism Mom and her child at the NAA conference many years ago? Raise your hand, your torch, your pitchfork.

By Anne Dachel

PART THREE Autism: Thirty years of lies and cover-up

Read Part 2 HERE

Read Part 1 HERE.

Thomas Insel 2013

The following is an article I wrote about Dr. Thomas Insel in 2013. Not only was Insel the government’s go-to guy on all things autism, especially testifying before Congress, he was also the MC who controlled the official narrative about autism.

Age of Autism 2013, Dr. Tom Insel on Autism: "If There Is a True Increase.." IF?

For several years now I've been following Dr. Thomas Insel's work as head of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.  I've also looked at his lectures on autism.

In 2009, Insel spoke at MIT.  He talked about the environment and autism.  He admitted that there were endless possibilities, but he was firm that vaccines had been looked into and they'd been exonerated.

Then in 2010, he spoke for an hour and a half at the National Institutes of Health.  Insel made the stunning statement, "Eighty percent of the people with a diagnosis of autism [in the U.S.] are under the age of eighteen."

In addition, Insel said, We have responded to this as if it's a crisis. We see this as an enormous public health challenge.  If you look at those numbers, the increase and recognize how many of those kids will become adults, we ...also need to be thinking about how we prepare the nation for a million people who may need significant amounts of services as they are no longer cared for by their parents or as their parents are no longer around.

During his talk, he made it clear that better diagnosing could explain only a small portion of the stunning increase in autism.  He pointed to the environment, but was unable to provide any specific answers.  

Then on Dec 26, 2012, Insel put out the piece, Autism Progress, on the NIMH website.

So what does Insel consider progress in the area of autism?  He cited lots of things about the genetics of autism, early diagnosing using brain imaging and early intervention.  He made stunning statements like:

According to PubMed, there were over 1,000 ASD papers related to genetics or brain imaging since January 2011 - more than three times the number of papers from the same interval a decade ago.

He was quick to tell us that he really doesn't know anything about autism's cause: "We still do not know enough about what causes ASD."

He went on to say this:

What about environmental causes? Several environmental factors, such as exposure to air pollution, agricultural pesticides, and antidepressants, have been reported to increase ASD risk, mostly based on exposure during pregnancy. While most scientists assume that environmental factors interact with genetic susceptibility, we still know far too little about either genetic or environmental factors to make this link.

The strongest language I could find in the article was the need for "urgent attention."  He made a clever, but ambiguous comment, "The 1 in 88 figure in 2008 may still fall short of the mark. In the absence of a more complete explanation, as I have said in an earlier blog, the safest assumption is 'more affected not just more detected.'"

Following that he wrote, "If there is a true increase in children affected, what environmental factor or factors are driving this increase?"

"IF"?...Insel still isn't quite sure IF MORE KIDS REALLY TRULY HAVE AUTISM?

Sounding like we have all the time in the world to ponder this issue, Insel wasn't alarmed. Autism isn't a crisis according to this man.

I still can't fathom how he could put the title "Autism Progress" on this piece, deluding himself into believing that there's actually been any. 

The latest piece I've found from Insel, dated Feb 26, 2013, is nothing short of bizarre as shown by the title,  The Four Kingdoms of Autism. 

Insel finds autism frustrating. It seems to bother him that the autism community has so little consensus on anything and that there's so much "polarization and confusion around autism." (Which Insel doesn't seem to realize comes from the fact that the medical community can't tell us anything definite about the disorder.) 

According to Insel's overview, the divisions over autism are like "kingdoms."  Insel wrote, "Each [kingdom] has its own truths. And each too often fails to understand or even recognize that their truths may not apply to all kingdoms." 

The kingdoms are Illness, Identity, Injury, and Insight.  Their views of autism range from seeing autism as merely an example of neurodiversity to parents who see autism as vaccine injury. 

In Insel's view, there's no single answer about autism.

Insel summarized his perspective:

At different times and for different people, each of these kingdoms has something to offer. We need better diagnostics and treatments; we need better services, especially for adults; we need a strategy for prevention; and we need a deeper understanding of the social brain. As long as each kingdom stays behind its own walls, there is little hope for progress overall.

Insel believes that none of the Four Kingdoms of Autism has the complete truth about autism.

Insel seems to be saying, can't we all just get along?  Can't we all just agree on something? 

With a puzzling lack of concern over the cause of autism, he advocated for services.

 A better way forward will be to find some common ground where the entire community can work together. One such area is the need for better services. Clinicians, self-advocates, parents, scientists, and educators should be able to embrace a goal of ensuring that every person on the spectrum, irrespective of wealth, geography, or ethnicity, receives the best treatments and services.

Insel also made a passing reference about the next approaching segment of the autism nightmare.

The challenge only becomes more complex when children with autism become adults with autism. There are over 1 million parents of Americans with autism-nearly all worried about how their offspring will be cared for if he or she outlives them.

Finally, Insel chided us about our inaction on autism.

Fifty years from now we don't want to look back at this period and wonder why we stayed so long behind these kingdoms' respective bastions, empowering conflict rather than cooperation. Instead, by focusing now on both short term needs and long term solutions we need a collective commitment to science and service to improve the world for both children and adults on the spectrum.

It was stunning to read Insel's views and consider that this man is supposed to be addressing autism in the U.S.  He's the head of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee created by Congress and he can't tell us anything.  Where's his indignation over the years of pathetic inaction? 

Insel said this about the Injury Kingdom:

This kingdom was founded by parents who report marked regression after the 18-month vaccination series, when their previously interactive, communicative toddler withdraws and stops speaking. While epidemiological studies do not support a link between vaccination and autism, those convinced that autism is an injury argue that population studies may obscure a link in rare individual cases.

Insel trivialized regressive autism and omitted any mention of the fact that it's been discovered that U.S. government has quietly compensated over 80 cases of vaccine injury that included autism, along with the concession in the case of Hannah Poling.

"Fifty years from now..." 

Fifty years from now we will be living in a society where autism affects the entire population.  It won't be a childhood illness any longer. It'll be a fact of life for a large segment of the population.  We won't have the luxury of speculating on the kingdoms of autism.  There will be one Kingdom of Autism---Bankrupting Cost. 

We will be faced with providing for a never ending population of disabled Americans that we can't explain.  A significant portion of them will never be productive.  We'll all be paying to support them.  They will drain the financial resources of our society.  I can't imagine what autism is going to cost this nation. 

Fifty years from now, Americans caught in the autism nightmare will ask how it could possibly have gotten so bad with authorities doing nothing to stop it.  The abysmal inaction of those we called experts will be seen as outrageous and incomprehensible.

The truth is Insel has omitted the kingdom where he finds himself.  There is a Fifth Kingdom of Autism.  It's called Denial and Cover-up. 

I asked Louis Conte, father of triple boys, two of whom have autism, for his opinion of Thomas Insel.  Here's his response:

Dr. Insel clearly sees divisions within the autism community and has done nothing to address them. His insights do nothing that help people with autism.  He continues to be vague about a true increase in the number of affected children. No increase in autism, no autism crisis and therefore no need to do anything extraordinary about it.

Personally, I would be camped out in the Kingdom called "Injury." I think that children who have suffered brain damage as a result of vaccine injuries (and, yes, other environmental insults) often develop the symptoms of the behavioral disorder called autism. My thoughts on this are supported by the many cases of vaccine injury induced brain damage that the US Government (HRSA) has compensated in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).

We need to look at regressive autism.  What happened to these children is important. As Dr. Bernadine Healey stated five years ago, we must study the children who got sick.

The population of vaccine injured children compensated by the US Government represents an important data set that could provide invaluable insight into how autism (and other health conditions) occurs after brain damage. The information regarding these individuals is critical to understanding how autism develops. Is there a vulnerable sub-set of children? What can we learn from these children? There are dozens of important questions.

But we never get to study them because our government is keeping what it knows away from public view. Given the increase in autism, keeping this information shuttered away amounts to negligence and cover-up.

Dr. Insel should be leading the call to study the children who got sick - not just noting that divisions exist within the autism community. Imagine if President Kennedy went to Berlin and simply said "Hey, Berlin, you guys got a big wall there." Imagine if President Reagan said "Nice wall Mr. Gorbachev."

Mr. Insel, tear down the wall. Ask the tough questions.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


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30 Years of Autism Epidemic: Part 2

LiesBy Anne Dachel

Read Part "Thirty Years of Lies" 1 HERE.

It’s hard to understand how autism could become the childhood epidemic that it is without anyone in charge being alarmed. Maybe it was the slow growth over the past 25 years from one in 250 to today’s one in 36 that conditioned us to accept autism as normal. Maybe it was all the officials and experts who denied any real increase while scratching their collective heads over the cause of autism.

In a number of instances very critical information about autism was revealed and quickly covered up and ignored.

Over the years thousands of parents and experts have descended on Washington D.C. for rallies and speeches which caused only a temporary ripple. Immediately after, the vast majority of elected officials continued to ignore what was happening.

There have also been many congressional hearings on autism. They should have spiked interest, but sadly, after the proceedings, everybody just went home.

Back in April, 2007, there was a hearing about autism held by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee chaired by Senator Tom Harkin.

Thomas Insel, M.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health and chairman of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), was there to testify. 

This is what he had to say about the rate of autism. 

"It is unclear whether the rise in prevalence is due to a rise in incidence, better identification and awareness of the disorder, or both.  A similar increase in prevalence has been observed in many countries outside of the U.S., and in virtually every study, boys are three to four times as likely to have ASDs compared to girls."

Continue reading "30 Years of Autism Epidemic: Part 2" »


30 Years of Lies: Part One

LieBy Anne Dachel

For at least the last 30 years we’ve been lied to about autism.

I’ve been writing about it for around 20 years, so I’m pretty familiar with all of it.

Of course I’m not alone. There’s a multitude of people who’ve been doing the exact same thing. I know many of them personally.

After several decades of hearing the official fraudulent claims, the general public has pretty much accepted the autism cover-up, after all, why would members of the medical community, federal health officials and the media all be lying to us?

Here’s the scenario

About thirty years ago, as the autism numbers began to climb, there seemed to be a genuine interest in what was happening.

In the early 2000s, there were congressional hearings looking at the increase in autism and what might be causing it. I know people who testified in Washington.

Early on the biggest concern was over a possible link to the ever-expanding childhood vaccine schedule which had tripled in the years following the passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. This act removed liability from the vaccine manufacturers (and from doctors) for any damage their products may cause.

The vaccine industry and their loyal subjects at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were right there to assure that vaccines are safe, vaccines save lives, and there was no possible link to autism in children. They manufactured convenient population studies “showing no link” and ignored the mounting piles of research tying an unsafe, unchecked, toxin-laden vaccine schedule to neurological damage in children.

A Brilliant Strategy

The best way to counter any connection to vaccines was to promote the idea that autism is nothing new. It has always been a part of the human condition; we just didn’t call it autism.

IF that claim could take hold in the mind of the public, then the increase in the number of vaccines children were getting would be totally unrelated.

Continue reading "30 Years of Lies: Part One" »


Filling School Positions Becoming As Difficult as Day Programs and Group Homes

Abadnonned schoolShort version of Anne's article? No one wants to work with children or adults with behaviors. The elderly are different because they can be chemically restrained, are weaker and more compliant. Our kids are strong. Our teens are stronger. Our adults can be dangerous if (when) they have behaviors. A BCBA in my circle had her orbital (eye socket) bones shattered by a sucker punch out of the blue during an outing with client who had not shown aggression for many months. Paras, day & group home staff are NOT entry level jobs. Except they are. They require training. Experience. Knowledge. And commensurate pay.

By Anne Dachel

A good example of how fast our education system is going down came out on December 19th.

It was from the local NPR/PBS station in Athens, Ohio.

The title didn’t sound too concerning. It was, “Athens schools need more help in the classroom, but job candidates are proving hard to find .”

I’m sure many people didn’t go beyond the headline.

IF a reader did look into the story, there was a lot of news to worry about.

First of all, the local school district can’t get classroom aides to meet the needs of the growing special needs population.

The Athens school district is trying to hire more professionals to support students with special needs, but it isn’t getting many applicants.

The additional hires are needed because of the number of students who have fallen behind or have behavioral challenges, or both.

In the middle of the report was this incredible statement: 

For example, the number of second and third graders on an individualized education program, or IEP, is over 25 percent.

The district needs more “intervention specialists” and “paraprofessionals,” but it’s not because there are so many students with learning problems.

No, what’s wrong here is BEHAVIOR.

Continue reading "Filling School Positions Becoming As Difficult as Day Programs and Group Homes" »


Never Mind What's Under The Kilt: Scotland Special Education

Scottish PECSThere isn't enough single malt Scotch in the world to make these numbers disappear. Special Education is devouring the UK.

By Anne Dachel

(UK) Scotland: 36.7% of students have special needs; up from 34.2% in Dec '22

The increases show no sign of slowing down

Let me update readers on just how quickly things have gone downhill in Scotland.

Here are the official statistics

Scotland: Percentage of students with “additional support needs”

2019—30.9%

2020—32.3%

2022—34.2%’

2023—36.7%

These numbers come out in December, and I  hate to think what next year will show.

What if this trend continues?

This should be a national emergency in Scotland. Image what the future will be like.

What if there is a two percent increase every year? By 2030 or even sooner, half of all schoolchildren in Scotland will need additional support.

Continue reading "Never Mind What's Under The Kilt: Scotland Special Education" »


The Ghost of Christmas Future for Autism is Grim

FutureScroogeBy Anne Dachel

A story aired on December 13th on Channel 4 News, London is a warning for everyone in the U.K.

The title mentioned thousands disabled with autism, but it actually only reported on one 28 year old man with severe autism.

Thousands with autism and learning disabilities stuck in mental health hospitals 

More than 2,000 people with autism and learning disabilities are stuck in mental health hospitals across England, despite repeated Government promises to end the practice.

Last month we reported on Nicholas Thornton – who’s been moved to around a dozen inappropriate settings: a safeguarding report on his care shows how poor it’s been.

Our Health and Social Care Editor Victoria Macdonald caught up with him – and a warning her report contains details and images some viewers may find distressing.

I transcribed the news report because it was so concerning to me for one reason.

In the report about this young man in Essex with autism who is being so neglected and mistreated, we’re told, “Nicholas’s care is commissioned by the Essex County Council.”

VIDEO: Nicholas Thornton on a day out in the summer with his mother and brother.  He’s a 28 year old man with autism and learning difficulties, who is currently an inpatient at Rochford Mental Health Unit in Essex, despite having no diagnosed mental health problem. 

He is non-verbal but is able to reply by typing.

When we met them in August, his brother Sebastian read out his words.

It’s like torture that I can’t get away from the alarms and everything.

Continue reading "The Ghost of Christmas Future for Autism is Grim" »


With The Wind, Science Revealed an Interview with Dr. Paul Thomas

With the wind
Anne Dachel transcribed an interview from Children's Health Defense TV on Nov 1, 2023 in which Dr. Paul Thomas interviewed Dr. Ken Stoller, who many of us know from his work with autistic children. Both doctors put pediatric health before profit, and suffered the consequences. But I'll bet they sleep at night.

By Anne Dachel

With the Wind, Science Revealed with Dr. Paul Thomas

Dr. Thomas Interviews Dr. Ken Stoller

Doctors everywhere must be seeing the rapid decline in the health of children. They may even suspect that the ever-increasing vaccine schedule contributes to the sickest generation of children in our history, but few, very few, are willing to speak out about what’s happening and jeopardize their careers. Instead most go along to get along.

There are some courageous physicians out there who are not afraid of the pharma-controlled medical establishment.

Both Dr. Stoller and Dr. Thomas lost their medical licenses because they refused to comply with the one-size-fits-every child vaccine schedule.

Dr. Stoller lost his license for giving medical exemptions to ten children in the state of California  with pre-existing medical conditions, including a four month old with congestive heart failure.

We can only hope that others will also speak out about the unsafe, unchecked battery of vaccines injuring yet another generation of children and the link to the explosion in autism in children around the world.

Listen to their discussion about the absence of any good science showing vaccines are safe or efficacious.

This whole vaccine program, in the words of Dr. Stoller, “is a scam.” Here is the transcription:

Dr. Thomas: Dr. Paul here.  Welcome to With the Wind, Science Revealed. My guest today is Dr. Ken Stoller. He’s the author of a book, Incurable Me…   https://www.incurableme.org/ 

In fact he’s got a new version coming out, Incurable Us.

This is a masterpiece on any chronic disease you might be facing. You’ve got to get this book.

We cover his journey from being a board certified pediatrician into functional medicine. He’s a hyperbarics oxygen expert, and we talk about what’s happened in the field of medicine and what’s happening in our world today….

…I want to just chat with you about maybe living a spiritual life in these times we’re finding  ourselves in. I’m troubled with what I hear in the news about what’s going on in the world.

I feel it’s time to really pray. Can we as a people seek that higher power, seek that love and ask for that intervention into the lives of our entire world? I don’t think alone, anybody can fix this, but united and together in a spiritual powerful place, change can happen. I believe change will  happen….

INTERVIEW

…I read somewhere [in] your writing, you’re working to close the divide between quality health care and the complex trio of pharmaceutical companies, insurance agencies and government influence….

Dr. Stoller: I was temporarily paralyzed from the waist down two week after receiving a polio vaccine when I was four years old.

Of course I didn’t know what had happened at the time. I didn’t know for decades what had happened. I knew that if I got involved in medicine, one day I figure out, I’d ask the right person.

It never happened. It didn’t matter how many pediatric neurologists I asked or pediatricians. They had no idea what had happened to me.

That speaks to the fact that vaccines are a sacred cow. You don’t even put them on the table as a potential cause of any untoward reactions.

It was only 45 minutes. …I was at the little girl across the street’s birthday party, and I was not feeling well  I sat down on a lounge chair and instantly I could not move my lower extremities

I was taken to the scene of the crime, which was my pediatrician’s office.

But even as I was being taken there, …I was moving my legs again. By the time the pediatrician came in, I couldn’t tell anything had happened.

I turned to my mom and I said did I get the polio vaccine anywhere near that little girl’s birthday party? And she said, yes, two weeks before.

Thomas: What do you think of the narrative that it was the vaccine that got rid of polio?

Stoller: The polio virus, it’s an enterovirus, and there are many enteroviruses and some are probably more dangerous than others.

If there’s a toxic co-factor, and what I mean by that is it really needs to have your immune system compromised. And one of the best ways to compromise your immune system is with pesticides.

These enteroviruses that have been with us from eons never caused anything but diarrhea and an upset stomach until pesticides showed up.

The first cases of paralysis were taking place in the areas that were most heavily using lead arsenate pesticides. This was in the late 1800s. 

DDT ended up replacing lead arsenate. It got to the point where the government was recommending that DDT be sprayed on everything and everywhere.

It actually was making the polio epidemic worse because the DDT destroyed people’s immune systems.

So this virus which normally might just cause you diarrhea, was now getting into your central nervous system and causing paralysis.

The countries that used the most DDT…have the most cases of paralysis.

We couldn’t blame DDT It would have created tremendous liability for the government because not only did they encourage it, but they were spraying it everywhere. …

Dr. Thomas asked Dr. Stoller why he went into pediatric medicine.

In pediatrics, most of your patients do their best to get well. They’re full of vim, vigor and youth, and they help you help them get better.

Dr. Stoller questioned the vaccine schedule.

Thomas: You had this growing awareness that the childhood vaccine schedule was part of the problem.

In medical school we’re just taught that vaccines are safe and effective and this is what you do, right? They didn’t really teach us much.

Stoller: I don’t think they even said safe and effective. They just said, this is when you give them. It’s not something you questioned. You didn’t question the vaccines.

This was like 1989, early 1990 and I mistakenly thought I needed to obtain informed consent from parents for this new hepatitis B vaccine. I didn’t know anything about this new hepatitis B vaccine

What was curious to me was, how did they get approval to do studies to show this was effective for one day old infants, because that was what they were recommending?

I spent about three months on and off trying to find something in the medical literature that would provide rationale for giving hepatitis B vaccine to a one day old infant whose mother did not have hepatitis B….

It has absolutely no benefit to an infant whose mother does not have hepatitis B, but here we are giving it to everybody.

This is a scam. The whole hepatitis B vaccine thing is a scam.

And if this is a scam, are the other vaccines that I’ve been blindly giving also a scam?

So I started researching the other vaccines.

Dr. Stoller saw his first autistic patient.

Now at the same time, I saw the first autistic child. I had never seen autism, ever, in my residency, in medical school, nothing.…

It took years for me to figure out that what I was doing was blocking gluten or gluten fragments from getting into this child’s bloodstream. …

If gluten’s the problem, the answer is to stop eating gluten, not take a chemical that blocks its absorption. 

That’s how I got both into the vaccine vigilant mode, and it’s also how I got into treating autistic kids. 

This is not some kind of psychiatric disorder. This is a medical problem that has potential interventions, including going on a gluten free diet.

Because I was learning so much about the vaccine program and all these other vaccines, most of which are scams, I was giving longer and longer informed consent lectures.

Basically for 40 minutes obtaining informed consent, which I didn’t know I didn’t have to do anymore because the 1986 Vaccine Act relieved pediatricians of having to obtain informed consent for vaccines.

It was not required anymore to get informed consent to give vaccines.

Thomas: It took away all liability, so you could do whatever you wanted and it wouldn’t matter.

Stoller: My informed consent speeches were getting longer and longer. And no one, after spending 40 minutes of uncompensated time, wanted vaccines, after I gave the true pros and cons.

So I stopped giving them. That’s how it started. I stopped giving them completely in 1997….

Dr. Stoller couldn’t understand the declining health of children when he first started in medicine.

I didn’t understand why I was seeing so many ear infections. I didn’t understand why I was seeing so much eczema. I didn’t understand why I was seeing so much asthma. 

This is a new phenomenon. I don’t remember when I was a kid, every other kid having an ear infection or bad asthma. There’s something in the environment, but what?...

He looked into vaccine ingredients.

Despite all the research I had done on vaccines, I didn’t really look at them in terms of what’s in them. What are the ingredients?

I was just looking at them, do they work?  Is there good clinical evidence that they work, not about what are they made of?

It took a little longer for me to figure out; I’m looking at mercury poisoning. …

You remember that study that came out around 2000 showing that the hepatitis B vaccine in Canada—because originally the hepatitis B vaccine did have thimerosal, the mercury preservative.

Thimerosal is not a preservative. It’s an adjuvant, but they said it was a preservative.
If something’s an adjuvant, you have to—I thought—test it to make sure it’s safe.

As they were phasing out mercury, they were adding in aluminum.

HHS never reported to Congress on the safety of vaccines as they were required to do.

These people have rules. They don’t follow their rules. For example, the 1986 Vaccine Act required HHS every two years to report to Congress about how they’re improving the safety of vaccines. [They] never made one report.

They were violating the law to their benefit. So there were no reports on vaccine safety.

They don’t care about vaccine safety.

1986 Vaccine Act indemnified the vaccine makers.

That act, the 1986 Vaccine Act, removed safety issues from under the mantel of the manufacturer. HHS itself was now responsible for safety, which they completely ignored….

Just before the 1986 Vaccine Act, the FDA went on record stating what their policy is:

“Safety issues, no matter how well founded, are not to interfere with national vaccine policy.”

Thomas: It’s all about the program.

StollerIt’s about the program, not about whether they’re harming anybody, or whether the vaccines work. It’s about protecting the program.

Thomas: And boy have they done that on steroids now

Stoller: I got a target on my back when I came out heavily against the HPV vaccine.

There was a documentary that was being filmed, and I was the first one to be interviewed for it.

Merck found out about it, saw the footage and obviously would have seen me. They ended up paying off the two guys who were doing this documentary. So the whole documentary vanished.

I think I got on the radar of these pharmaceutical companies. Also I would going to board of pharmacy meetings and pointing out that the way vaccines are made, they way they’re tested violated the drug act in New Mexico where I was practicing at the time.

Nobody cares. The CDC approved it. That’s good enough for them.

Dr. Stoller saw the results of not vaccinating.

When I started my solo private pediatric practice, day care was just coming onto the scene.

Those kids would be in my office every two weeks. It was really good for business.

I had the moms give the kids a teaspoon of colloidal silver first thing in the morning and first thing when they got back from daycare.

They stopped coming in. They weren’t getting sick every two weeks. They would still get the viruses, but they wouldn’t get the secondary infections that really made them sick.  Colloidal silver really improved the quality of health of these kids….

Dr. Thomas asked Dr. Stoller if he saw autism, severe asthma, diabetes in his unvaxxed patients.

The answer to that is no. I didn’t make the connections completely the way you did that the vaccines not only didn’t work, but were driving the ear infections, were driving the eczema, were driving the asthma. …

HBOT

Hyperbaric oxygen is providing oxygen under pressure

It was 1995 and one of my friends who’s the head of Apple Computer Advanced Technology Group was found dead in bed by his wife, revived by paramedics, was in a coma for two weeks.

When I visited him in the hospital, I was surprised that treatment he was getting was an IV drip.

That’s when I found out about hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

When I found out you could treat kids with cerebral palsy, I was sold.

I opened up my first center in Santa Fe in 2001, and my first patient was a cerebral palsy patient. She went in the chamber with her grandmother, and when they were done with their treatment, the grandmother said, I have fibromyalgia and my symptoms are gone.…

That’s how hyperbaric oxygen works. It works by rehabilitating and reviving mitochondrial function. Mitochondria are the energy centers of our cells. They convert oxygen and sugar into the gasoline the cells run on.

I could not stop treating with hyperbaric oxygen therapy because I could see what it was doing for people, how it was returning functionality to their lives.

I was treating things that had no treatments: stroke patients, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, post polio syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease. The list was getting longer and longer. …I considered it near magic.

I never looked back after starting to treat patients with hyperbaric oxygen therapy….

Follow the money

In 2005, I published a paper in…Pediatrics. My paper was on treating fetal alcohol syndrome with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

I really wanted to write a paper about cerebral palsy, but there were so many people gunning for hyperbarics oxygen and cerebral palsy because other specialties were making money on cerebral palsy. The baclofen pumps that the orthopedists would install, the splints that the kids needs.

It’s a business treating kids with cerebral palsy, so if you come along and say you can cure cerebral palsy or vastly improve it clinically, you’re stepping on other people’s financial toes.

There was no one interested in fetal alcohol syndrome.…

So I published this paper in 2005. It took 15 years for another group to duplicate my findings….

I thought when this paper got published; people would be knocking down my door. Fetal alcohol syndrome is supposedly the most common non-hereditary cause of mental retardation.

You and I know that’s not true. The most common non-hereditary cause of mental retardation is the vaccines.

The vaccines are destroying the kids’ brains.

Fetal alcohol syndrome is a far second to the damage the vaccines have caused to kids’ brains….

My study was met with crickets. Absolute crickets….

And the paradigm is if it’s not making the pharmaceutical company money, you don’t hear about it. End of story.

Pharmaceutical companies will sell things to you they know won’t work….

They went after Dr. Stoller’s license.

In 2017 I wrote a blog for the Bolen Report where I spelled out exactly what was going to end up happening in 2020. I didn’t know exactly what the organism was going to be.

I said it needs to be an organism we have a vaccine for because they’re going to blame the unvaccinated.

In my blog, I just picked mumps as an example….

My book came out in 2016….

In California they had that bill called SB277 which eliminated informed consent completely and the only way you could get out of taking vaccines was with a medical exemption, no personal, religious waivers or anything like that.

What the legislators did, because they wouldn’t have been able to pass the bill without it, they greatly expanded the reasons you could offer a medical exemption, for example family history…

I went to the medical board and I said, I have questions about this new law.  Can you help me clarify those questions….

They said, no, we don’t do that.  End of story.

So I hired a lawyer… because I said I wanted to have a lawyer’s advice when I’m creating my protocol for giving medical exemptions.

You’re not supposed to lose your license if there’s a new law and you sought legal advice on how to implement the law.

This was, I think—

The Federation for State Medical Boards has always had it in for alternative medical practitioners. Anything they could do to get rid of them, they have tried to do.

So this was a way of basically trapping physicians who didn’t completely buy the whole vaccine scram. And trapping them and eliminating them.

They didn’t care about the law. They didn’t care about the facts. They just punished as many physicians as they could.

Thomas: That’s what I thought it was. You guys were given this expanded medical exemption, encouraged in a way. They knew people would then take advantage of that to support their patients.

So you’re doing what’s right for your patient, and you’re trapped. …

I don’t know how many physicians in California have lost their license or are suffering greatly under a lot of stipulations.

Stoller: I remember saying at my hearing, “Shame on anyone who would give a four month old in congestive heart failure, vaccines.

The medical exemptions I gave out were very legitimate. They just didn’t follow CDC contraindications. But they didn’t care.

Like I said, the fix was in, and the Fair Hearing Bureau, which is not fair at all, sees their job as supporting whatever is the position is of the Medical Board.

Dr. Stoller is currently working.

I’m in the appeal process in New Mexico for my license there, because once you lose your license in one state, they start attacking you in every other state you had a license. …

I’m basically doing hyperbaric oxygen therapy with a family that I saved their lives ten years ago, and they installed their own facility, and they’re having me run it for them.

You don’t need a license to operate a hyperbaric chamber.

Thomas: You can just cure more and more people, or at least greatly help them….

Stoller: …But hyperbaric oxygen’s going to have to wait the dying paradigm we’re in falls apart, which will be happening soon. It’ll happen with the financial collapse that’s coming.

The aftermath of this financial collapse that’s coming might eliminate all third party payers, many of these NGOs. There’s just not going to be money.

Everyone’s doing all these nasty things because they have money. They’re getting money.

If patients have to use their own money or their own money or whatever they’re using to pay for services, they’re going to gravitate to the therapies that they know are the most efficient and efficacious.

I think it’s going to be after the collapse that things like hyperbaric oxygen therapy will come to the fore, and it will become standard practice for treating traumatic brain injuries and kids with cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol syndrome, things like that. 

Thomas: … This has been so fun for me because I’ve followed a similar journey as you have. Your book, Incurable Me, you cover some really big stuff….

This is Dr. Stoller’s advice for all of us:

Stoller: Do your own research. Be prepared. As you do your research, have the things you think you might need for treating yourself in your home already….

We’re going to be going through a rough patch. People need to be as optimistic and positive and envision what they want the world to look like, how they want the world to function after we get rid of the New World Order group and all their plots.

Our unlovely society, as we’re finding out, it is quite unlovely: the organ trafficking, the sex trafficking, our country being flooded with drugs as part of a fifth column war against us.

These things are going to pass, and people need to start thinking about, how do I want to be operating in this new world. How do I want this world to operate?

The sun will come out eventually here, and we need to help create this new society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 1, 2023, With the Wind, Science Revealed with Dr. Paul Thomas

Dr. Thomas Interviews Dr. Ken Stoller

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Doctors everywhere must be seeing the rapid decline in the health of children. They may even suspect that the ever-increasing vaccine schedule contributes to the sickest generation of children in our history, but few, very few, are willing to speak out about what’s happening and jeopardize their careers. Instead most go along to get along.

There are some courageous physicians out there who are not afraid of the pharma-controlled medical establishment.

Both Dr. Stoller and Dr. Thomas lost their medical licenses because they refused to comply with the one-size-fits-every child vaccine schedule.

Dr. Stoller lost his license for giving medical exemptions to ten children in the state of California  with pre-existing medical conditions, including a four month old with congestive heart failure.

We can only hope that others will also speak out about the unsafe, unchecked battery of vaccines injuring yet another generation of children and the link to the explosion in autism in children around the world.

Listen to their discussion about the absence of any good science showing vaccines are safe or efficacious.

This whole vaccine program, in the words of Dr. Stoller, “is a scam.”

Dr. Thomas: Dr. Paul here.  Welcome to With the Wind, Science Revealed. My guest today is Dr. Ken Stoller. He’s the author of a book, Incurable Me…   https://www.incurableme.org/ 

In fact he’s got a new version coming out, Incurable Us.

This is a masterpiece on any chronic disease you might be facing. You’ve got to get this book.

We cover his journey from being a board certified pediatrician into functional medicine. He’s a hyperbarics oxygen expert, and we talk about what’s happened in the field of medicine and what’s happening in our world today….

…I want to just chat with you about maybe living a spiritual life in these times we’re finding  ourselves in. I’m troubled with what I hear in the news about what’s going on in the world.

I feel it’s time to really pray. Can we as a people seek that higher power, seek that love and ask for that intervention into the lives of our entire world? I don’t think alone, anybody can fix this, but united and together in a spiritual powerful place, change can happen. I believe change will  happen….

INTERVIEW

…I read somewhere [in] your writing, you’re working to close the divide between quality health care and the complex trio of pharmaceutical companies, insurance agencies and government influence….

Dr. Stoller: I was temporarily paralyzed from the waist down two week after receiving a polio vaccine when I was four years old.

Of course I didn’t know what had happened at the time. I didn’t know for decades what had happened. I knew that if I got involved in medicine, one day I figure out, I’d ask the right person.

It never happened. It didn’t matter how many pediatric neurologists I asked or pediatricians. They had no idea what had happened to me.

That speaks to the fact that vaccines are a sacred cow. You don’t even put them on the table as a potential cause of any untoward reactions.

It was only 45 minutes. …I was at the little girl across the street’s birthday party, and I was not feeling well  I sat down on a lounge chair and instantly I could not move my lower extremities

I was taken to the scene of the crime, which was my pediatrician’s office.

But even as I was being taken there, …I was moving my legs again. By the time the pediatrician came in, I couldn’t tell anything had happened.

I turned to my mom and I said did I get the polio vaccine anywhere near that little girl’s birthday party? And she said, yes, two weeks before.

Thomas: What do you think of the narrative that it was the vaccine that got rid of polio?

Stoller: The polio virus, it’s an enterovirus, and there are many enteroviruses and some are probably more dangerous than others.

If there’s a toxic co-factor, and what I mean by that is it really needs to have your immune system compromised. And one of the best ways to compromise your immune system is with pesticides.

These enteroviruses that have been with us from eons never caused anything but diarrhea and an upset stomach until pesticides showed up.

The first cases of paralysis were taking place in the areas that were most heavily using lead arsenate pesticides. This was in the late 1800s. 

DDT ended up replacing lead arsenate. It got to the point where the government was recommending that DDT be sprayed on everything and everywhere.

It actually was making the polio epidemic worse because the DDT destroyed people’s immune systems.

So this virus which normally might just cause you diarrhea, was now getting into your central nervous system and causing paralysis.

The countries that used the most DDT…have the most cases of paralysis.

We couldn’t blame DDT It would have created tremendous liability for the government because not only did they encourage it, but they were spraying it everywhere. …

Dr. Thomas asked Dr. Stoller why he went into pediatric medicine.

In pediatrics, most of your patients do their best to get well. They’re full of vim, vigor and youth, and they help you help them get better.

Dr. Stoller questioned the vaccine schedule.

Thomas: You had this growing awareness that the childhood vaccine schedule was part of the problem.

In medical school we’re just taught that vaccines are safe and effective and this is what you do, right? They didn’t really teach us much.

Stoller: I don’t think they even said safe and effective. They just said, this is when you give them. It’s not something you questioned. You didn’t question the vaccines.

This was like 1989, early 1990 and I mistakenly thought I needed to obtain informed consent from parents for this new hepatitis B vaccine. I didn’t know anything about this new hepatitis B vaccine

What was curious to me was, how did they get approval to do studies to show this was effective for one day old infants, because that was what they were recommending?

I spent about three months on and off trying to find something in the medical literature that would provide rationale for giving hepatitis B vaccine to a one day old infant whose mother did not have hepatitis B….

It has absolutely no benefit to an infant whose mother does not have hepatitis B, but here we are giving it to everybody.

This is a scam. The whole hepatitis B vaccine thing is a scam.

And if this is a scam, are the other vaccines that I’ve been blindly giving also a scam?

So I started researching the other vaccines.

Dr. Stoller saw his first autistic patient.

Now at the same time, I saw the first autistic child. I had never seen autism, ever, in my residency, in medical school, nothing.…

It took years for me to figure out that what I was doing was blocking gluten or gluten fragments from getting into this child’s bloodstream. …

If gluten’s the problem, the answer is to stop eating gluten, not take a chemical that blocks its absorption. 

That’s how I got both into the vaccine vigilant mode, and it’s also how I got into treating autistic kids. 

This is not some kind of psychiatric disorder. This is a medical problem that has potential interventions, including going on a gluten free diet.

Because I was learning so much about the vaccine program and all these other vaccines, most of which are scams, I was giving longer and longer informed consent lectures.

Basically for 40 minutes obtaining informed consent, which I didn’t know I didn’t have to do anymore because the 1986 Vaccine Act relieved pediatricians of having to obtain informed consent for vaccines.

It was not required anymore to get informed consent to give vaccines.

Thomas: It took away all liability, so you could do whatever you wanted and it wouldn’t matter.

Stoller: My informed consent speeches were getting longer and longer. And no one, after spending 40 minutes of uncompensated time, wanted vaccines, after I gave the true pros and cons.

So I stopped giving them. That’s how it started. I stopped giving them completely in 1997….

Dr. Stoller couldn’t understand the declining health of children when he first started in medicine.

I didn’t understand why I was seeing so many ear infections. I didn’t understand why I was seeing so much eczema. I didn’t understand why I was seeing so much asthma. 

This is a new phenomenon. I don’t remember when I was a kid, every other kid having an ear infection or bad asthma. There’s something in the environment, but what?...

He looked into vaccine ingredients.

Despite all the research I had done on vaccines, I didn’t really look at them in terms of what’s in them. What are the ingredients?

I was just looking at them, do they work?  Is there good clinical evidence that they work, not about what are they made of?

It took a little longer for me to figure out; I’m looking at mercury poisoning. …

You remember that study that came out around 2000 showing that the hepatitis B vaccine in Canada—because originally the hepatitis B vaccine did have thimerosal, the mercury preservative.

Thimerosal is not a preservative. It’s an adjuvant, but they said it was a preservative.
If something’s an adjuvant, you have to—I thought—test it to make sure it’s safe.

As they were phasing out mercury, they were adding in aluminum.

HHS never reported to Congress on the safety of vaccines as they were required to do.

These people have rules. They don’t follow their rules. For example, the 1986 Vaccine Act required HHS every two years to report to Congress about how they’re improving the safety of vaccines. [They] never made one report.

They were violating the law to their benefit. So there were no reports on vaccine safety.

They don’t care about vaccine safety.

1986 Vaccine Act indemnified the vaccine makers.

That act, the 1986 Vaccine Act, removed safety issues from under the mantel of the manufacturer. HHS itself was now responsible for safety, which they completely ignored….

Just before the 1986 Vaccine Act, the FDA went on record stating what their policy is:

“Safety issues, no matter how well founded, are not to interfere with national vaccine policy.”

Thomas: It’s all about the program.

StollerIt’s about the program, not about whether they’re harming anybody, or whether the vaccines work. It’s about protecting the program.

Thomas: And boy have they done that on steroids now

Stoller: I got a target on my back when I came out heavily against the HPV vaccine.

There was a documentary that was being filmed, and I was the first one to be interviewed for it.

Merck found out about it, saw the footage and obviously would have seen me. They ended up paying off the two guys who were doing this documentary. So the whole documentary vanished.

I think I got on the radar of these pharmaceutical companies. Also I would going to board of pharmacy meetings and pointing out that the way vaccines are made, they way they’re tested violated the drug act in New Mexico where I was practicing at the time.

Nobody cares. The CDC approved it. That’s good enough for them.

Dr. Stoller saw the results of not vaccinating.

When I started my solo private pediatric practice, day care was just coming onto the scene.

Those kids would be in my office every two weeks. It was really good for business.

I had the moms give the kids a teaspoon of colloidal silver first thing in the morning and first thing when they got back from daycare.

They stopped coming in. They weren’t getting sick every two weeks. They would still get the viruses, but they wouldn’t get the secondary infections that really made them sick.  Colloidal silver really improved the quality of health of these kids….

Dr. Thomas asked Dr. Stoller if he saw autism, severe asthma, diabetes in his unvaxxed patients.

The answer to that is no. I didn’t make the connections completely the way you did that the vaccines not only didn’t work, but were driving the ear infections, were driving the eczema, were driving the asthma. …

HBOT

Hyperbaric oxygen is providing oxygen under pressure

It was 1995 and one of my friends who’s the head of Apple Computer Advanced Technology Group was found dead in bed by his wife, revived by paramedics, was in a coma for two weeks.

When I visited him in the hospital, I was surprised that treatment he was getting was an IV drip.

That’s when I found out about hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

When I found out you could treat kids with cerebral palsy, I was sold.

I opened up my first center in Santa Fe in 2001, and my first patient was a cerebral palsy patient. She went in the chamber with her grandmother, and when they were done with their treatment, the grandmother said, I have fibromyalgia and my symptoms are gone.…

That’s how hyperbaric oxygen works. It works by rehabilitating and reviving mitochondrial function. Mitochondria are the energy centers of our cells. They convert oxygen and sugar into the gasoline the cells run on.

I could not stop treating with hyperbaric oxygen therapy because I could see what it was doing for people, how it was returning functionality to their lives.

I was treating things that had no treatments: stroke patients, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, post polio syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease. The list was getting longer and longer. …I considered it near magic.

I never looked back after starting to treat patients with hyperbaric oxygen therapy….

Follow the money

In 2005, I published a paper in…Pediatrics. My paper was on treating fetal alcohol syndrome with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

I really wanted to write a paper about cerebral palsy, but there were so many people gunning for hyperbarics oxygen and cerebral palsy because other specialties were making money on cerebral palsy. The baclofen pumps that the orthopedists would install, the splints that the kids needs.

It’s a business treating kids with cerebral palsy, so if you come along and say you can cure cerebral palsy or vastly improve it clinically, you’re stepping on other people’s financial toes.

There was no one interested in fetal alcohol syndrome.…

So I published this paper in 2005. It took 15 years for another group to duplicate my findings….

I thought when this paper got published; people would be knocking down my door. Fetal alcohol syndrome is supposedly the most common non-hereditary cause of mental retardation.

You and I know that’s not true. The most common non-hereditary cause of mental retardation is the vaccines.

The vaccines are destroying the kids’ brains.

Fetal alcohol syndrome is a far second to the damage the vaccines have caused to kids’ brains….

My study was met with crickets. Absolute crickets….

And the paradigm is if it’s not making the pharmaceutical company money, you don’t hear about it. End of story.

Pharmaceutical companies will sell things to you they know won’t work….

They went after Dr. Stoller’s license.

In 2017 I wrote a blog for the Bolen Report where I spelled out exactly what was going to end up happening in 2020. I didn’t know exactly what the organism was going to be.

I said it needs to be an organism we have a vaccine for because they’re going to blame the unvaccinated.

In my blog, I just picked mumps as an example….

My book came out in 2016….

In California they had that bill called SB277 which eliminated informed consent completely and the only way you could get out of taking vaccines was with a medical exemption, no personal, religious waivers or anything like that.

What the legislators did, because they wouldn’t have been able to pass the bill without it, they greatly expanded the reasons you could offer a medical exemption, for example family history…

I went to the medical board and I said, I have questions about this new law.  Can you help me clarify those questions….

They said, no, we don’t do that.  End of story.

So I hired a lawyer… because I said I wanted to have a lawyer’s advice when I’m creating my protocol for giving medical exemptions.

You’re not supposed to lose your license if there’s a new law and you sought legal advice on how to implement the law.

This was, I think—

The Federation for State Medical Boards has always had it in for alternative medical practitioners. Anything they could do to get rid of them, they have tried to do.

So this was a way of basically trapping physicians who didn’t completely buy the whole vaccine scram. And trapping them and eliminating them.

They didn’t care about the law. They didn’t care about the facts. They just punished as many physicians as they could.

Thomas: That’s what I thought it was. You guys were given this expanded medical exemption, encouraged in a way. They knew people would then take advantage of that to support their patients.

So you’re doing what’s right for your patient, and you’re trapped. …

I don’t know how many physicians in California have lost their license or are suffering greatly under a lot of stipulations.

Stoller: I remember saying at my hearing, “Shame on anyone who would give a four month old in congestive heart failure, vaccines.

The medical exemptions I gave out were very legitimate. They just didn’t follow CDC contraindications. But they didn’t care.

Like I said, the fix was in, and the Fair Hearing Bureau, which is not fair at all, sees their job as supporting whatever is the position is of the Medical Board.

Dr. Stoller is currently working.

I’m in the appeal process in New Mexico for my license there, because once you lose your license in one state, they start attacking you in every other state you had a license. …

I’m basically doing hyperbaric oxygen therapy with a family that I saved their lives ten years ago, and they installed their own facility, and they’re having me run it for them.

You don’t need a license to operate a hyperbaric chamber.

Thomas: You can just cure more and more people, or at least greatly help them….

Stoller: …But hyperbaric oxygen’s going to have to wait the dying paradigm we’re in falls apart, which will be happening soon. It’ll happen with the financial collapse that’s coming.

The aftermath of this financial collapse that’s coming might eliminate all third party payers, many of these NGOs. There’s just not going to be money.

Everyone’s doing all these nasty things because they have money. They’re getting money.

If patients have to use their own money or their own money or whatever they’re using to pay for services, they’re going to gravitate to the therapies that they know are the most efficient and efficacious.

I think it’s going to be after the collapse that things like hyperbaric oxygen therapy will come to the fore, and it will become standard practice for treating traumatic brain injuries and kids with cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol syndrome, things like that. 

Thomas: … This has been so fun for me because I’ve followed a similar journey as you have. Your book, Incurable Me, you cover some really big stuff….

This is Dr. Stoller’s advice for all of us:

Stoller: Do your own research. Be prepared. As you do your research, have the things you think you might need for treating yourself in your home already….

We’re going to be going through a rough patch. People need to be as optimistic and positive and envision what they want the world to look like, how they want the world to function after we get rid of the New World Order group and all their plots.

Our unlovely society, as we’re finding out, it is quite unlovely: the organ trafficking, the sex trafficking, our country being flooded with drugs as part of a fifth column war against us.

These things are going to pass, and people need to start thinking about, how do I want to be operating in this new world. How do I want this world to operate?

The sun will come out eventually here, and we need to help create this new society.

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Special Ed in Soaring Ireland

Abadnonned schoolHow will schools sustain their programs as children who do not learn as students did 50 years ago flood the classrooms? Is there over-diagnosis? Sure, there's some. But I can tell you that schools do NOT jump to provide services unless pushed or it's patently obvious that a child has the need.  Members of my home care team work in the local schools here in Connecticut. They see a flood of kids who are not toilet trained, can not perform simple self help skills, have disruptive behaviors and barriers to learning their ABCs and 123s. The older teachers are better equipped to work with this group than the newly minted teachers who are adrift at sea.  And the older teachers are quitting or being forced out. Happy Monday!

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By Anne Dachel

Before I talk about the big news about special education out of Ireland, keep in mind that officially in the Republic of Ireland more than 25 percent of students have special needs.

Dec 7, 2021, Inclusion at a crossroads: Special education in Ireland

It is now estimated that over a quarter of all students in Ireland’s mainstream schools have additional learning needs and/or disabilities.

And not only did they reveal that jaw-dropping statistic, but we were told that NUMBERS CONTINUE TO INCREASE. 

Even more troubling is the fact that IN IRELAND, ONE IN EVERY 21 STUDENTS HAS AUTISM as of last December.

Dec 14, 2022, Cork Independent: Raised awareness from parents around autism

This kind of service is needed more now than it ever has been, as figures published this year by the Department of Health reveal that 14,000 children between the ages of four and 15 have an autism diagnosis - around 4.7 per cent of the school population.

This is four times higher than the figure of just 1.2 per cent 10 years ago.

4.7 percent is the scary number of ONE IN EVERY 21 STUDENTS.

And in Northern Ireland, just over the border, it’s one in 20.

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Heaven Help Us

NeverNever, as long as I live, will I credit my daughters' debilitating diagnosis with improving MY life or making me a better person. Have I sought (and often created from whole cloth) a silver lining? Yes. But haven't we ALL? We have to find joy where we can. I give autism ZERO credit for anything. ZERO. And I'm STILL no Mother Teresa.   Feel free to argue the point in the comments. But some parents do credit autism for making their lives better- read Anne's article. Chris Peden is a devoted father and Catholic living with his family in Northern Virginia.  ...He loves hearing stories of how having a family member on the Autism Spectrum made their lives better.

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By Anne Dachel

On November 29th the National Catholic Register published an article entitled, 4 Ways Raising a Child with Autism Has Blessed My Life, by Chris Peden, the father of two autistic children.

While I’m sure the piece was well-intended, it revealed the truly desperate situation we all find ourselves when it comes to understanding autism.

Our only recourse is to somehow learn to live in a world of disabled children who never used to be here.

Peden described the struggles he and his wife faced raising their sons and what he has learned from the experience.

Here’s some of what Peden wrote:

…But what I want to share here is less about my wisdom and more about where God has shown me his love by gracing us with the opportunity to raise autistic boys….

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Autism In Australia: A Morass of Thoughts

Abadnonned schoolWow. I know one commenter who will have a field day with the range of thoughts out of Australia regarding the increase in autism.

By Anne Dachel

Australia can’t figure out what to do about all the autism. One report puts their autism rate at one in every 25 children, another at one in 23.

Experts are in denial. It’s either over-diagnosing or more of the “better diagnosing” that we’ll always hearing about. Either way, it’s NOT MORE AUTISM. Nothing to worry about.

On November 12th there was a story out of Australia about closing special schools and mainstreaming disabled students by being “inclusive.”

I’m sure this was motivated by the soaring number of special needs children they have to educate.

ABC News: If special schools close, students with disability need more inclusive mainstream education, experts say

In its final report handed down in September, the disability royal commission called for the phasing out of segregated education by 2051.

It's a call that has sparked deep debate.

Even the six commissioners disagree. Only three — including the two who live with disability — recommended phasing special schools out. The other three did not think a total phasing out of special schools was necessary.

"There has to be a bigger investment in our [mainstream] education system. And this is an opportunity to do that, for it to be better for all."

Of course the real problem is something that barely got a mention.

Since 2015, the number of students with disability enrolled in Australian public schools has increased by 29 per cent, according to the Australian Education Union's 2023 For Every Child report.

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Shocking Special Ed Numbers Most Ignore

Abadnonned schoolNote: Schools are running on fumes. Teacher shortages. Classrooms of kids unable to learn traditionally. Behaviors escalating. Do we solve ANY problems, ever?

By Anne Dachel

Here in America we seem to be just fine with ever-increasing numbers of disabled children. There are lots of stories in the news about new autism therapy centers opening across the country.

We champion neurodiversity, celebrate autism awareness and we want to be sensory-friendly.

Most of all, numbers never bother us.

We’re told all the time about MORE special needs children, and we never ask where they’re all coming from. That would not be caring.

Officially 15 percent of students in the U.S. have special needs.

I really wonder how they came up with that average since we’re regularly told about much higher numbers.

A story just out from Hampshire Co, WV raises a number of questions.

Nov 10, 2023, The 74: West Virginia Declares Emergency in Hampshire County Schools Special Ed 

The district will be required to address a number of problems, including a lacking graduation rate for students in special education.

The West Virginia Board of Education declared a state of emergency in Hampshire County Schools special education program after nearly three years of shortcomings for vulnerable students.

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Why We Still Publish? "Let's Celebrate the Uniqueness of Autism!"

Autism Reality"We really just want to make sure people celebrate the uniqueness of autism and the beauty of autism and understand more about it."

Autism has been whitewashed beyond hope. But those of us with children with the diagnosis know the dark truth. Teachers know. Adult providers turn individuals in need away... because they know. And doctors and pharma know. Age of Autism has always, and will always shout the truth. Just as long as we can. Please consider a donation to our annual matching gift campaign. Unlike autism numbers, we've stalled a bit and need your help. Thank you.

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By Anne Dachel

There was outrageous autism coverage from Fox31 in Denver on Nov 12th.

It was dismissive and insulting. I know too many people struggling with children severely disabled with autism. This coverage makes no mention of any of that.

CDC data suggests rise in autism diagnoses in children 

 Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests an increase in the prevalence of autism in children.

Suggests? We’ve have 20+ years of soaring, unexplainable increases in autism.

 About one in 36 children were identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2020, according to the CDC. This is up from one in 44 in 2018 and one in 150 in 2000. It also shows prevalence among different groups of individuals is now relatively similar. 

The reporter on the video calls the one in 36 rate “new data.” That rate came out in March, 2023.

Dr. Amanda Kelly is the president and CEO of Firefly Autism, an organization in Colorado that provides support and services to those with autism and their families. 

“We really just want to make sure people celebrate the uniqueness of autism and the beauty of autism and understand more about it,” Kelly said.

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Downplaying Autism Down Under

Tis but a flesh woundBy Anne Dachel

The Sydney Morning Herald
 published a desperate piece on Nov 12th trying to downplay the current rate of autism among children in Australia.  I say desperate because as the number of children with ASD continues to soar, it has to be explained away. The rate can’t be real.

Deny, Deny, Deny

This is why we regularly see mainstream publications telling us that autism isn’t really growing, and if it is, it’s linked to the parents. A story in Psychology Today in May 2023 is typical.  Here Cara Goodwin, Ph.D explained that all the autism we’re seeing today is the result of greater awareness, changing diagnostic criteria, increased availability of services, increase in parental age, and more premature babies. These reasons have been used each and every time the autism rate took another leap higher over the past 20+ years.

Now the Morning Herald gives us another reason to dismiss the autism increases:

Nov 12, 2023, The unique factor that could explain why autism rates in Australia are growing faster than the global average

Autism rates in Australian children are among the highest in the world, leading a senior researcher to suggest the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) could be driving steeper than average growth in diagnoses.

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The Scary Autism Numbers That Never Scare

Halloween-jack-o-lantern-ANote: While making holiday events inclusive IS a good thing, what we REALLY need is programming and housing for onslaught of autistic adults.  Society has opened independent, assisted living, dementia and Alzheimer's living quarters.  We WILL need a version for autism - staffed by very large, very strong men mostly. Surely someone will monetize the misery?

By Anne Dachel

On October 23rd there was a nice human interest piece about making Halloween “autism-friendly.” The coverage was from PHL17.

The news anchor interviewed the principal of an autism academy in Woodbury, NJ, and in the course her of talk about ways to ‘limit sensory triggers’ on Halloween, she noted that educators are now seeing ‘one in 10 individuals’ who have autism.

There was no follow-up. The news anchor merely noted that “It’s super wide spread.”

Officially only 3 percent of U.S. children have autism. In California and Florida however,  it’s already around 5 percent. 

So in New Jersey, 10 percent of children have autism. I guess no number is too much when it comes to autism.

The coverage was from PHL17: Ways to Make Halloween Autism-Friendly

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Correct As Usual King Friday

Neighborhood of make believe
"Correct as usual, King Friday."  Welcome to the neighborhood of make believe.

By Anne Dachel

It’s all just make believe

When it comes to autism, we all have to pretend.

I say that about every aspect of the disorder. Whatever we see happening right before our eyes, we have to tell ourselves it isn’t real.

A once rare disorder is now so common that just about everyone knows someone or is related to someone with an autistic child. In the face of this, we’re continually told that it’s always been this way.

Autism has always affected one in every 150 children, one in every 92 boys (2007),

…one in every 88 children, one in every 54 boys (2012),

…one in every 59 children, one in every 36 boys (2018),

…one in every 44 children, one in every 27 boys (2021),

…and now one in every 36 children, one in every 22 boys (2023).

(I left out several of the official increases, but you get the idea. Every time the autism rate increased, it was never a real increase. It was always dismissed as “better diagnosing.” I’m confident that the next increase, probably something like one in every 30 kids, will be due to MORE “better diagnosing.”)

Pretending that the numbers are nothing to worry about it only one aspect.

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The Dirty Thirty

30 puzzleNote: Anne has a great report. But I gotta tell you, seeing Autism Science Foundation and Alison Singer's name, dare I say it, triggered me to a time when they so actively worked against our kids. Decide for yourself.

By Anne Dachel

There was a study on autism published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) on October 2nd.
It was all about the discovery that over 30 percent of kids who had an autism diagnosis at age 2 or 3, were no longer considered autistic by the time they were 6.

Fox News said this:

A significant share of kids with autism tend to "outgrow" the disorder within a few years of diagnosis, a new study has found.

Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital followed 213 children who were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as toddlers (between 12 and 36 months of age).

By the time they were 5 to 7 years old, nearly four out of 10 (37%) of the children no longer met the criteria for an autism diagnosis, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Female children were more likely to no longer meet the criteria, as were those with "higher baseline adaptive skills," according to the study findings.

This study got a lot of coverage in the mainstream news. It was reassuring that maybe autism numbers weren’t something to worry about after all.

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60,000 on Autism Waitlist in Canada


Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

Over the past two decades we’ve adjusted to more and more children diagnosed with autism. Several generations have grown up with autism as a fact of life.

There are no congressional committees looking into the autism numbers like they did at the beginning of the 21st century. Medical experts and health authorities have absolutely no interest in what makes a child autistic.

The huge portion of the population of children with autism is aging into adulthood and that will be increasingly a crisis everywhere, but I can guarantee that the issues will be more funding and more services without any real concern over the fact that autism is now an adult disorder too.

The epidemic shows no signs of leveling off so the need to provide for more children with autism will continue, along with adults. I don’t know how governments will handle this.

Recently unbelievable numbers were in the news in Canada.

In Ontario, parents are demanding Premier Doug Ford’s government do something to address the 60,000 children on a wait list for autism services.

October 16, 2023, Toronto City News: Parents call for change as waitlist for autism services grows to 60,000 in Ontario

Parents of children with autism protested at Queen's Park to draw attention to delays in therapy and problems in special education affecting autistic children. As Tina Yazdani reports, the waitlist to access core autism services has grown to 60,000.

In 2019 when the Ford government took over, there were 23,000 children on a waiting list for services. Now the numbers have essentially tripled, despite the promise to eliminate the wait time.

Children today in Ontario can expect a five to seven year wait for any services after being diagnosed.

The government has doubled funding to over $483 million (U.S), but that will only cover core services for 10,000 children, according to the Toronto City News..

One parents quoted in the news coverage said this: “We have to decide as a society, do we care? Can we come out and support other parents whose children are disabled? This can happen to any of us.”

These will increasingly be the questions we all face.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

 

Wuhan bioweapons cover

The Wuhan Cover-Up: And the Terrifying Bioweapons Arms Race (Children’s Health Defense) 

“Gain-of-function” experiments are often conducted to deliberately develop highly virulent, easily transmissible pathogens for the stated purpose of developing preemptive vaccines for animal viruses before they jump to humans. More insidious is the “dual use” nature of this research, specifically directed toward bioweapons development. The Wuhan Cover-Up pulls back the curtain on how the US government's increase in biosecurity spending after the 2001 terror attacks set in motion a plan to transform the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci, into a de facto Defense Department agency.

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Rivers of Ribbons

8D177021-4677-4E51-8CA2-DF5AD9BA5CD2Note:  Cancer hospitals. Smile for the camera! Dialysis centers (have popped up on every corner.) Say SUGAH for the camera!  Autism schools, programs, classrooms. Three cheers for us!

By Anne Dachel

Back on December 7, 2021, a story was published on a site called, Research Outreach. The title was Inclusion at a crossroads: Special education in Ireland

It was a look at various ways of providing special education servcies to students: inclusion in  mainstream classes, special classes and special schools.

In this piece were some stunning statistics that didn’t seem alarming at all to those involved in this collaborative work.

Special education in Ireland has undergone dramatic changes over the last 30 years. As well as changes to funding models and a rise in the number of special education teaching posts, there have been increases in the number of students with additional learning needs and/or disabilities attending mainstream schools, as well as the number of special classes in mainstream schools. The number of special schools has also grown.

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The Epidemic Roils On

IncreaseBy Anne Dachel

The Latest on Autism from Dr. Walter Zahorodny at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

First the background:

In June, 2022, Age of Autism published an interview of Dr. Walter Zahorodny from Rutgers University by Wayne Rohde.

Autism Prevalence Since 2000

Dr. Zahorodny is the top expert on the U.S. autism rate and he’s been at it for over 20 years.

I transcribed part of the interview for the article. Zahorodny gave listeners some startling information.

While officially autism affects 2.3 percent of children, according to the CDC, Zahorodny cited findings of ever greater numbers.

Here in Zahorodny’s own words:

San Diego, California, four percent.

Newark, New Jersey, five percent. 

Toms River, New Jersey, seven percent.

One in five towns in New Jersey, in our region, have a rate of five percent or higher….

We have already in Newark and in Toms River eight to 12 percent of boys in the public education system [that] have a lifelong disability or most likely a lifelong disability.

 In Ocean County in 2016, while the overall New Jersey estimate was 3.2 percent, we found that the prevalence of autism was already over five percent in Ocean County. 

I’m not an economist, but do you choose to project five percent or 10 percent as a realistic metric for how many people will need significant, maybe lifetime support?

We could really identify no specific reason why autism prevalence increased, not only in New Jersey, but in every other state in the Network.

And it increased for boys and for girls. It increased for white, black, Hispanic, Asian children. It increased across every state.

In the world of the prevalence estimates of the ADDM Network, we’ve only seen increases.

Throughout that DSM-IV period, only increases. When we shifted to the DSM-5 definition, we also only see increases. …somewhere in the range of one in five children have some learning issue, problem or deficit. The most quickly expanding group is those children with autism. Next most frequently occurring are children with ADHD.

Zahorodny acknowledged that people in power don’t care.

Politicians are not responding because I think they have accepted for the most part the red herring interpretation that autism has always been around.

Zahorodny said that at the CDC, ‘they’re not really concerned with autism prevalence.’  So, the increases are REAL, according to a top scientist, but again, no one cares. Zahorodny called for action.

I guess if I were to do one thing, it would be to identify the environment trigger that can be changed.If we don’t stop this epidemic of autism, Zahorodny warned us:

When we say that five percent of the children in our region have autism, I think that’s a fair metric for anticipating the future scope or perimeters of care for adults, adolescents and  adults.  …

You’re planning for at least five percent of the population to be disabled [with autism].

THE LATEST HAPPENING

Rutgers and Zahorodny have released a new study in which they claim to still be undercounting the autism numbers big time. Incredibly, there is no alarm shown. There never is.

Oct 4, 2023, Study Finds: 1 In 4 Teens May Have An Undiagnosed Case Of Autism, Study Reveals

NEWARK, N.J. — A startling number of autistic teens may be living with their developmental disability in silence, according to new findings. Study authors from Rutgers University report that roughly a quarter of 16-year-olds with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the state of New Jersey still haven’t received a formal diagnosis….

This latest project made use of a method known as active multiple-source surveillance in order to gather what its authors call the best-ever dataset pertaining to ASD prevalence among adolescents in the northeastern New Jersey region.

“We think this is the largest ever study of ASD in this age group, and we hope it helps schools, health care providers and others with information that leads to better understanding and services,” says Walter Zahorodny, an associate professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and lead author of the study, in a university release.

All in all, the study reports 1.77 percent of 16-year-olds in northeastern New Jersey have ASD.

However, the disorder affects more teen boys than girls, more Caucasians than African-Americans or Hispanics, and more high-income adolescents than their low-income peers.

Moreover, researchers report that one in four adolescents with ASD had not been diagnosed and that three in five adolescents with autism also had one or more neuropsychiatric conditions — in most cases attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)….

Zahorodny is talking about real increases in autism.

“This confirms what other studies have found about the relative occurrence of autism by sex, race and socioeconomic status in childhood, and it almost certainly reflects true incidence patterns rather than better diagnosis rates among groups that get more frequent and better medical care,” Prof. Zahorodny explains. “Our study didn’t examine why prevalence rates vary, but other studies suggest a complex interaction of genes and environment.”

Study authors believe that this work’s most important finding may be the identification of a significant number of undiagnosed autism cases, especially among so many young people and adolescents with mild forms of impairment. The observed high percentage of adolescents with ASD who also have another neuropsychiatric disorder also holds major implications moving forward....

While this project was the second of its kind conducted by this research group aimed at analyzing the same group of people, Prof. Zahorodny hopes it won’t be the last.

“We would love to continue studying this same cohort going forward because we know so much less about autism in adulthood,” the study author concludes. “Continuing to follow this group of more than 500 people could greatly add to what is known about ASD and how it is characterized in adulthood, which will, ultimately, lead to the identification of interventions which maximize well-being.”

Unfortunately Dr. Zahorodny doesn’t speculate on what the ‘complex interaction of genes and environment’ causing autism might be. A vague reference to the environment at the end of the article is all that is allowed, I’m sure. That can be easily forgotten.

The only response that’s really called for here is EARLY DIAGNOSING/EARLY INTERVENTION. That’s all  we can really do now.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


How Much Can Education Budgets Bear?

Abadnonned schoolSome days, readers might wonder why we continue to share the dire news from The United Kingdom and Ireland about the crushing expenses of special education.  Anne Dachel tracks these stories, as a warning for all of us, no matter where we live.  Special Education used to be a tiny part of budgets, but as pediatric health has been devastated over the last 30+ years, SpEd is taking over schools. It's not just autism.  Children are simply not able to learn and attend a school day as there once were. And that's the big question we've been asking for so long. WHAT has happened to children? The answer used to be, "Provide special education." IDEA was a blessing to families with disabled kids. Today? It rages out of control and one has to ask how schools are expected to keep up while ensuring education to all?

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By Anne Dachel

The pace of special education is bankrupting districts like BristolThe city of Bristol in southwest England has a problem. Just when it seemed like councils in England had bottomless cashboxes to spend on special needs students, it looks like they don’t.

The school budget in Bristol, a city of half a million residents, will be $71 million in the red by this coming March. AND if things don’t improve, predictions are the deficit could reach $155 million in five years.

Sept 29, 2023, Bristol Post: Schools budget deficit could hit £58m [$71M] by March due to rising special needs demand

In the next few days Bristol City Council will start consulting parents on changes to the education budget

The schools budget in Bristol could face a whopping £58-million black hole by next March due to rising demand for special needs education. Without taking action to cut costs, the deficit in Bristol City Council’s schools budget is forecast to reach £127 million [$155M] by 2028.

 AND the national government has allowed local councils to go into debt over special ed costs.

City Hall chiefs have just three years to balance the books in the dedicated schools grant budget, as councils are normally banned from spending more than budgeted for and carrying deficits. But the government has given councils special permission until March 2026.

There was a meeting about this, but the public wasn’t allowed to watch.

Headteachers discussed the cost pressures with council bosses during a schools forum meeting on Tuesday, September 26. These meetings are normally broadcast on the council’s website for members of the public and press to watch, however this one was not.

As expected, this article tells us that there are MORE SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS. Two terms are used that should be cause for concern. It isn’t just kids with special education needs, it’s “high needs” and the “complexity” of the needs

A report to the schools forum said: “The main drivers of forecast overspend remain high-needs top up and placements costs, resulting from increasing EHCPs [education health and care plans] and complexity of children with special educational needs. The unmitigated deficit forecast position at the end of 2023/24 could reach £58,170,000.

Schools need to come up with a plan to improve their “long-term financial sustainability.”

“Education and financial services are working closely with the sector to explore options to bring school finance back to sustainable footing. All schools forecasting a deficit have been notified of the need to produce a robust plan to demonstrate and secure their long-term financial sustainability.”

Council staff have met with headteachers and governors to “explore affordable solutions”. …

The cost is unsustainable

At the end of the last financial year, the dedicated schools grant budget had spent £15 million [$18M] more than was budgeted for, leaving a cumulative deficit of £40 million [$49M].

Spending on the high needs block takes up about a fifth of the total DSG budget, which is £420 million this year.

It’s unclear whether the government will extend its special permission allowing councils to run deficits in their schools budget, known as a statutory instrument. Earlier this year, one council accountant warned that if Bristol doesn’t balance the books by then, and the statutory instrument wasn’t extended, the “council will run out of money”.

Green Councillor Tony Dyer said many councils were facing the same problems. Speaking during an audit committee on Monday, September 25, he said: “It’s a similar situation for pretty much every other local authority. If the government does not continue the [statutory instrument] provision, there may be some major problems right across the country.”

Unstoppable into 

The number of parents in Bristol requesting an education health and care needs assessment has risen dramatically over the past few years. In 2019, the council received 626 requests, rising to 728 in 2020, 850 in 2021 and 1,001 in 2022.

Any “sustainability” plan they come up with isn’t going to work.

The last paragraph said it all. More and more disabled kids are flooding schools. That is the real problem, the one no one wants to face.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

Wuhan bioweapons cover

The Wuhan Cover-Up: And the Terrifying Bioweapons Arms Race (Children’s Health Defense) 

“Gain-of-function” experiments are often conducted to deliberately develop highly virulent, easily transmissible pathogens for the stated purpose of developing preemptive vaccines for animal viruses before they jump to humans. More insidious is the “dual use” nature of this research, specifically directed toward bioweapons development. The Wuhan Cover-Up pulls back the curtain on how the US government's increase in biosecurity spending after the 2001 terror attacks set in motion a plan to transform the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci, into a de facto Defense Department agency.

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You'll Get Nothing And You'll Hate It.

Ralphie
Ralphi deserves a chance to thrive

Years ago, when Caddy Shack came out, one of the oft quoted lines was Judge Smails saying to his son Spaulding, "You'll get nothing, and you'll like it." Well autism families are certainly getting nothing. The like part speaks for itself. And so does our Anne Dachel, who continues to expose the hidden truth about the autism epidemic. It's devouring school budgets and devastating families with little to no abatement. It's a Cat 5 hurricane and gaining wind speed. Look at this darling boy. Now tell his Mum he has no placement. She's on her own.

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By Anne Dachel

There are so many stories from England about the education system failing an individual special needs child, but there’s always more to them. The boy or girl in the story who is excluded from school or does not have a place because there is no more room represents countless children in a similar situation.

A story from Lincolnshire is just one example.

Lincoln mum outraged as son with autism is denied place at specialist schoolwas published on September 20th.  Here a three year old with autism and a list of other problems and his mother wait for a school place.

A Lincoln mum believes her family has been failed by the local council after her son was denied a place at a specialist education school.

Sharnie Philpot, 30, said she was "floored" after hearing that Lincolnshire County Council would not be offering her son Ralphi a space in a specialist environment.

At the age of just three years old, Ralphi has already been diagnosed with Autism, Global Development Delay (GDD) and is currently under assessment for Pica - an eating disorder where someone eats things not usually considered food.

After being assessed by an educational psychologist, who drafted an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP), it was found that Ralphi experiences high levels of anxiety in his current nursery setting.

The assessment also emphasised his need for full-time, one-on-one support, including during breaks and lunchtimes.

Sharnie continued: "We now have to wait up to 24 months for a tribunal which now leaves Ralphi with no place in the education system.

Of course Ralphi’s situation is the result of a school system overrun with disabled children and they’re simply running out of room, despite more and more money being poured into the problem.

So many stories tell us that this is happening across the U.K., but that’s not an answer. Just because it’s a universal problem doesn’t solve anything.

"Lincolnshire, like all other areas of the country, continues to see increasing demand for special school places. In light of that, the council is investing £100m [$122M] in local special schools, which is creating over 500 additional places."

Regrettably, the challenges faced by Ralphi are not isolated to Lincolnshire; children with special needs across the UK have encountered similar difficulties in recent years.

At the heart of the issue is AUTISM

Jake Runacres, Policy and Parliamentary Officer at the National Autistic Society, added: "The SEND system is simply not working for autistic children.

"Families are facing lengthy battles to get the right support for their children, and our research shows that many autistic pupils are being failed by a woeful lack of appropriate school places.

"Nearly three-quarters of autistic children and young people are educated in mainstream schools, so increasing the number of schools specifically for children with SEND is not enough on its own to fix the problem.

Autism advocates in Britain are at the heart of the problem. They look at autism as part of neurodiversity that we simply need to accommodate.

"Every teacher needs to understand autism, and every autistic child needs to get the right support at school. That’s why we’re calling on the government to launch an autism school places taskforce to ensure the right school places and support are available for autistic pupils.

"We won’t accept a world where autistic children miss out on an education, and families are left exhausted and on the brink of crisis."…

"Our survey of parents of disabled children found that only one in three disabled children has the correct level of support from their education setting; only one in seven families had the correct level of support from social care and only one in five has the correct level of support from health services."

Having autism is fine. We just need to do more for those affected.

The truth is autism has paralyzed us; we can’t do anything to stop it from capturing more and more children. Our only recourse is to add more special places.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

Wuhan bioweapons cover

The Wuhan Cover-Up: And the Terrifying Bioweapons Arms Race (Children’s Health Defense) 

“Gain-of-function” experiments are often conducted to deliberately develop highly virulent, easily transmissible pathogens for the stated purpose of developing preemptive vaccines for animal viruses before they jump to humans. More insidious is the “dual use” nature of this research, specifically directed toward bioweapons development. The Wuhan Cover-Up pulls back the curtain on how the US government's increase in biosecurity spending after the 2001 terror attacks set in motion a plan to transform the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci, into a de facto Defense Department agency.

Vax Unvax DebutJoin us in congratulating Dr. Brian Hooker and Robert Kennedy, Jr. and the Children's Health Defense imprint on the huge news that Vax Unvax Let The Science Speak was #11 on the New York Times non-fiction best sellers list this week.  This is important because it tells those who feel they shouldn't question science, "Hey, it's OK to read, and learn and make your own decisions."  It's currently 124 on ALL of Amazon books.  Buy a copy HERE


Irish Autism Charity AS I AM Ignores Autism Epidemic Reality

Head up assNote: Yesterday, Anne Dachel wrote about a family in Ireland struggling to care for their son with autism. We Are Tired. We Are Broken. THIS is the autism reality most families live. If you have a loved one with autism - no matter the level - who can live independently without any worry strictly related to their autism - you might just have found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  I will tell you that autism is CRUSHING aging parents. And siblings.  Example: A young man who works at my daughters' day program told me yesterday that his 21 year old brother with autism is in in college and he WORRIES EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY about him because he has no safety instincts. In August, we had a Mom at the end of her rope, and her hopes that the world would ever care for let alone help her adult daughter, shoot both her daughter and herself. This is why we still publish AofA.

By Anne Dachel

Ireland: AS I AM autism charity ignores autism epidemic

After recent stories revealing the utter desperation of parents with autistic children in Ireland, I was surprised to see an article that seemed oblivious to what’s happening in that country.

Sept 10, 2023, “Dublin mum behind autism fundraiser The Sparkle Ball is fighting back against 'no services, no help and no support’”

She has three children as well as her step-son Michael, who works tirelessly alongside her to raise funds and awareness for people with autism, raising €224,000 to date

Dublin mum and autism advocate Ciara Jones is in the process of organising the biggest iteration of her glamorous event The Sparkle Ball for Autism to date.

Not only is this event an excuse to get dressed up and enjoy an evening of great food and entertainment, it's an event with heart, as every penny raised goes into funding services for autistic people in Ireland via the charity AsIAm.

Her teenage son Gavin is autistic, and is the driving force behind her family's fight for better services and understanding.

Ciara has been on what she describes as a "never ending" career break since 2018 so she can dedicate more time to her family, and her advocacy work has gone from strength to strength since.

She has three children as well as her step-son Michael, who works tirelessly alongside her to raise funds and awareness for autistic people. To date, Ciara and Michael have raised an incredible €224,000 [$240K} after founding Ireland's biggest Family 5km Run, which is now in its 5th year. …

Michael, as well as being a barrister, has dedicated his life to the autism community of Ireland, and also holds the roll of Head of Community Support at AsIAm.

Her fundraising was a natural part of advocating for her own child's best interests due to a lack of governmentally provided services, with an annual parachute jump, 5km family run and the Sparkle Ball all raising funds for the deserving charity AsIAm each year.

 “I knew straight away after reading about AsIAm that they were going to be the charity we were going to support. They are phenomenal, and have grown themselves at a vast rate," she said.

"Founder and CEO Adam Harris started off with a vision, that people would better understand and accept, and create a more inclusive society in which autistic people can live their best lives. He now has 30 people working in AsIAm, with 50% of them being neurodivergent which is incredible. "

In truth, As I Am is nothing more than the Irish version of Autism Speaks here in the U.S. They have a lot of fund raisers but they actually have no impact on what the autism epidemic is doing to children in that country.

If you go to their website they make it clear that autism is just part of the neurodiversity all around us. We just need to accept and accommodate those affected.

AS I AM

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability or difference which relates to how a person communicates and interacts with others, and how they experience the world around them. Autism is a part of the broader neurodiversity family of differences or disabilities which encompasses people with conditions or differences such as ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, Epilepsy, Tourette’s Syndrome and Dyscalculia. …

While autistic people are born autistic, it is not something that parents learn when their child is born. As a child grows up, they may begin to communicate differently to other people, find day-to-day situations stressful or overwhelming and rely on structure and routine in order to manage. This in turn may lead to a person receiving an autism diagnosis. …

It is also important to remember that autism is genetic, which means that there are a great many undiagnosed autistic parents of autistic children. Sometimes these parents don’t see signs of their child’s autism because it is how they themselves interact, communicate and understand the world. 

As I Am totally rejects the idea that vaccines cause autism.

No – it’s been widely disproven that vaccines cause autism in young children’s brains. The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland have conducted an in-depth study on the possible risks of vaccination and found this to be a myth with no medical basis.

Accredited international medical professionals have carried out similar reviews investigating whether there is a connection between autism and vaccines and their results have repeatedly found no link.

As I Am seems content with exploding numbers of children with autism on waitlists for school places and services. As I Am must assume that no rate is ever too much. One in every 21 children, one in every 13 boys has autism in Ireland. That’s going to take a lot of awareness and accommodations.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

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The Wuhan Cover-Up: And the Terrifying Bioweapons Arms Race (Children’s Health Defense) 

“Gain-of-function” experiments are often conducted to deliberately develop highly virulent, easily transmissible pathogens for the stated purpose of developing preemptive vaccines for animal viruses before they jump to humans. More insidious is the “dual use” nature of this research, specifically directed toward bioweapons development. The Wuhan Cover-Up pulls back the curtain on how the US government's increase in biosecurity spending after the 2001 terror attacks set in motion a plan to transform the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci, into a de facto Defense Department agency.

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We Are Broken. We Are Tired. The Autism Parents' Lament.

Sharon and Pat Autism HoldBy Anne Dachel

As you read this, keep in mind that officially one in every 21 children, one in every 13 boys in Ireland has an autism diagnosis
.  (SEE: Cork Independent )

Just like in the U.S., where one in every 22 children in California has autism and one in every 20 in Florida, Ireland’s numbers raise no alarm. The reality that those rates are only going to increase in the coming years is of no concern to officials.

Coincidentally over a three day period I found four stories in the Irish press. They’re all about parents desperately trying to get support and services for their AUTISTIC CHILREN.

I think they’re also about the complete and utter failure of anyone in the government or the medical profession to recognize autism as an epidemic that threatens the future of Ireland.

Keep in mind as you read these stories that, just like in America, the public in Ireland has been taught that all the autism is nothing new; this kind of child has always been around. We didn’t recognize the problem.

Schools

Two of these stories are about special schools.

Sept 10, 2023, Irish Examiner: Cork special school yet to open already has waiting list

Mother of boy with additional needs cannot secure school place 

The East Cork Community Special School is set to open in Carrigtwohill in November. 

It will do so with 18 primary and secondary-level students.

The Department of Education told the Irish Examiner that there is already a waiting list for the school.

A spokeswoman for the Cork Education and Training Board said: “Cork Education and Training Board is working to a date of Monday, November 6 as the opening day for East Cork Community Special School.

“A principal for the school was appointed this week and Cork ETB is currently in the process of recruiting other staff.”

The school is for students, aged 4 to 18, who have a diagnosis of autism and complex learning needs and for students with complex learning needs, who require the support of a special school setting, according to Cork ETB.

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who has recently been diagnosed with a mild intellectual disability says her son has returned to a unit in a mainstream school elsewhere in east Cork on a part-time basis.

He also has a diagnosis of autism and ADHD and is attached to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and the East Cork Disability Network services.

During the last academic year, he could not cope in mainstream school as he is not on the same level as his peers either emotionally or socially.

Local Fine Gael councillor Anthony Barry said he is not surprised that there is already a waiting list for places in the new school. …

The spokeswoman added: “It is envisaged that the new special school will continue to grow and expand to support additional students over time.”

In addition, 388 new special classes have been sanctioned by the NCSE for the 2023/24 school year, she said….

A similar story came from Dublin.

Sept 8, 2023, Irish Times: New special school opens in south Dublin: ‘It’s very emotional. We never thought it would happen’

Miriam Kenny never thought her son Jonathan (11) would get a chance to go to school in his own neighbourhood.

They live in the affluent suburb of Templeogue in South Dublin. Yet, for all its advantages, the area has suffered from acute shortages of special education places.

Many children with complex conditions have been rejected by their local schools and forced to travel outside their communities and across the city to access an education that meets their needs.

This week, however, Miriam and Jonathan were able to walk to school at the newly-opened Libermann Spiritan School, a special school established on the grounds of the Spiritan-run Templeogue College.

The school has enrolled 24 pupils this week; it will grow to 30 next month. Subject to expansion plans, it could provide education for more than 150 students with special needs.

“We’re delighted,” says Kenny, whose son is autistic and needs a special school place. “It’s a very emotional and exciting day. I cried a lot. We never thought it would happen. Our son will be able to walk to school and be part of his local community. It’s something I hope many other children who need the extra support of a special school in the area will benefit from.”…

 “The opening of this Libermann Spiritan School in Templeogue represents a key milestone as we continue to engage with the Department of Education and National Council for Special Education to maximise opportunities that may exist for the provision of education to children with special needs in all our schools.”…

“We’ve been campaigning since 2018 for local autistic children to be able to access appropriate educational placements in their local area, so this is incredible for them,” she says….

The failure of schools to provide for so many children with autism is only the beginning.

(See my recent story on the lack of adult care.)

As more and more of these children age out of school with nowhere to go, adult services will be overwhelmed. There will never be a supply of residential places to meet the demand.

We can already see that happening in the other stories I found.

No One to Help

Sept 10, 2023, Independent: ‘I love my son but I’m scared of him… we are prisoners in our own home’ – mother of severely autistic boy (9) who needs urgent care

Audrey Dore-Geraghty loves her nine-year-old son Harrison, but she is also frightened of him.

He is severely autistic, as well as potentially schizophrenic, and is so unmanageable right now that the Wexford-based family is in “crisis”, according to his mother.

This follows years of “systematic neglect” by the health services. Ms Dore-Geraghty says her family is at “breaking point”, with no State support to deal with her increasingly volatile son. His behaviour is so violent that the mother of three is currently staying elsewhere with her younger children, while her husband and his father remain with Harrison in the family home.

The couple hope his behaviour stabilises to the point where the family all feel safe sleeping under the same roof again soon. But unless Harrison receives the urgent help he needs, his future is bleak, Ms Dore-Geraghty believes….

“I am at a family member’s place with my six-year-old son and 13-week-old daughter. I have been going to see Harrison every day with the other children, but that’s because my husband and his father are there. If I was on my own, I would be terrified he would attack me, but I’m mostly concerned for the other two kids. My husband can restrain him, [but] I can’t anymore.”

​Harrison Geraghty-Anthony was diagnosed with autism shortly before he turned three. Over the next couple of years his parents, who are dentists, made attempts to access State supports. They found services so lacking they paid for private therapy. Then Dublin-based, they sent Harrison to an autism-specialised pre-school, where he was a “huge challenge” to staff, according to his mother….

Harrison got a place in the autism unit at Kilrane National School in Rosslare. Audrey praised the school and its staff but it wasn’t long before his behaviour became so problematic that he had to be kept almost completely segregated.

It became clear to his parents that unless his behaviour improved, he would be unable to stay at the school. Unable to find a psychiatrist who would treat Harrison in the short term, the couple were forced to look abroad. They found a Spanish psychiatrist and the medication she prescribed helped….

CHI attempted to refer Harrison to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Camhs) in Wexford, as well as a children’s disability service, but neither could accept him as he does not have a “verified intellectual disability”. As a consequence, he cannot access local psychiatric services.

“At a minimum, we require urgent respite services,” his mother added. “Urgent for the sake of the younger children’s lives and our mental health. We are all prisoners in our own home and the other children are suffering terribly. We are scared in our own home of our nine-year-old, who we know is only going to get bigger and stronger.”

When asked a series of questions about the concerns outlined by Harrison’s mother, a spokesperson for HSE/South East Community Healthcare said it was aware of the child’s case but could not comment specifically.

They said: “At this time, our staff and the families we support are coping with waiting times and staffing shortages which mean that often our service falls short of what people and families expect, and what our staff would want to deliver. Because of a limited pool of qualified and experienced staff, many of our teams are working with fewer members than they need… [We] regret where there is an extensive waiting time for an assessment or for supports and therapies that would help children and their family.”

Finally a story about desperate parents and a lack of summertime support programs. These children have severe autism.

‘We are Broken’

Sept 9, 2023, (Ireland) Independent: ‘We are broken, we are tired’ – Stark report outlines how families of children with special needs are left to fend for themselves

A lack of appropriate services and supports for children with special educational or acute needs is forcing parents to delay urgent self-care and medical appointments, with some left relying on anti-depressants.

More than 20 families have spoken about their experiences of daily struggles to support children with autism or intellectual disabilities this summer without access to vital services and structures….

“As a family, we are broken, we are tired,” said one mother of a nine-year-old girl who is autistic with a moderate-to-severe intellectual disability.

“Myself and my husband both work full-time in order to pay the mortgage but I don’t think we can continue. We are barely functioning in work and the strain of our home life is starting to affect our productivity in work.

“[My daughter] is constantly screaming. Not just shouting — I mean banshee-type screaming. She’s hurting herself by punching, pinching and throwing herself against walls and furniture and she’s attacking her family. She has regressed in every sense of the word.”…

The Department of Education said “children with the most complex special educational needs, especially in special schools, should have access to a school-based summer programme”, so it has tried to expand this.

It said 42,000 children participated in summer programmes last year, a 300pc increase compared to 2019, and efforts are being made to increase this further.

One Government source said they would like to see more schools provide summer programmes, but it is not possible to compel them.

“We have doubled funding to €40m [$43M] but unfortunately we cannot turn around and demand they open, because contractually they are not obliged to,” the source said….

Unfortunately, as the years progress we don't see a future where we can continue to live with the current lack of supports.

Has it always been like this in Ireland? Why aren’t increases in funding ever enough to solve the problem? Why is no ever worried about the future?

Autism has clearly captured Ireland. They have surrendered. They have no will to fight back. I’m sure the one in 21 rate for autism in Ireland from 2022 that I cited at the top of this story will be worse in a year or two. And I’m sure they’ll all be fine with it.

There is absolutely NO ONE who cares why this is happening.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

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The Wuhan Cover-Up: And the Terrifying Bioweapons Arms Race (Children’s Health Defense) 

“Gain-of-function” experiments are often conducted to deliberately develop highly virulent, easily transmissible pathogens for the stated purpose of developing preemptive vaccines for animal viruses before they jump to humans. More insidious is the “dual use” nature of this research, specifically directed toward bioweapons development. The Wuhan Cover-Up pulls back the curtain on how the US government's increase in biosecurity spending after the 2001 terror attacks set in motion a plan to transform the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci, into a de facto Defense Department agency.

Vax Unvax DebutJoin us in congratulating Dr. Brian Hooker and Robert Kennedy, Jr. and the Children's Health Defense imprint on the huge news that Vax Unvax Let The Science Speak was #11 on the New York Times non-fiction best sellers list this week.  This is important because it tells those who feel they shouldn't question science, "Hey, it's OK to read, and learn and make your own decisions."  It's currently 124 on ALL of Amazon books.  Buy a copy HERE


Students with Complex Special Education Needs Present Emergency

Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

I’m stunned by the stories below. All five are from the past week. Four are from the U.S. and one is from the U.K.

What they all have in common is what they reveal about collapse of special education and the role autism has to play.

Here’s what they tell us.

Tunbridge Wells, England: “Proposed SEN school could help alleviate local need

The Witherslack Group is set to open a specialist education school only 4.5 miles from Tunbridge Wells….

The education provider has applied to refurbish the site in Hildenborough and the new school will cater to children aged eight to 18.

The Group provides specialist education and care for young people with a range of special needs, including autistic spectrum conditions, Asperger’s Syndrome, speech, language and communication needs, and other complex learning needs.

The demand for specialist schools has clearly been fuelled by the increase in children needing SEN support, says a specialist advisor for buying and selling businesses, Christie & Co….

Government statistics have confirmed that an increasing number of children require a place at a specialist SEN school. Kent County Council is forecasting a £12.5 million [$16M] overspend in recruitment in this area.

Continue reading "Students with Complex Special Education Needs Present Emergency" »


Most People Want To Do The Right Thing


No act of kindness“Most people want to do the right thing”

A fellow advocate in the autism community made a interesting comment to me recently in the course of our conversation. He said, “Most people want to do the right thing.”

It made me stop and think about stories I see in the news.

He is so right. Modern society has to deal with the huge change that has taken place incrementally over the last 20 years. Today, large numbers of people are affected by neurological disorders.

This is especially true for our children. We can no longer expect that a child who is born healthy and starts out thriving will stay that way. It is now expected that this child could be developing normally and then lose learned skills, ending up with one or more of a myriad of neurological conditions.

It’s now acceptable that 1 in 5 children in the U.S. will have learning and attention issues such as dyslexia and ADHD. One in 36 can be expected to have autism. (If you live in California, it’s one in 22. If you live in Florida, it’s one in 20.)

No one in charge is worried, nor do they expect things to improve. This is now what we have to live with.

And yes, as my friend said, “Most people want to do the right thing.”

So the result, in a society where people want to help those in need, we provide accommodations.

This is why so much coverage is in the news focused on neurodiversity and inclusion. Businesses and community services are getting autism training because clearly they’re going to be dealing with affected people.

So many places hold diversity celebrations and sensory-friendly events because this population is too big to ignore.

I found a very touching story that shows this. It was from Peterborough, England.

This BBC News piece was entitled, “Dad's bid to make Peterborough an autism-friendly city.” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-66740456.amp

A father who wants to help make a city one of the most autistic-friendly places in the UK is creating a network of signs to help non-speaking children communicate in public spaces.

Dan Harris, from Peterborough, whose son Joshie is autistic, has secured funding for 100 picture boards in the city. They help people to communicate through images. He said: "We no longer want autism to be hidden." "This is a proof of concept. There are about 3,000 autistic people in Peterborough and it's important that the needs of that community are met." He said he wanted to see the boards introduced across Britain and in other countries. Mr Harris, who is also founder of the charity Neurodiversity in Business, which campaigns for more awareness, said: "This board is incredibly important because it doesn't just help non-speaking people communicate, but it also promotes discussions." He said, "Autism acceptance can only be preceded by autism awareness". The boards cost £6,000 [$7,400] and are funded through a combination of the charity and the local councillor grants.

A person can’t help but admire a dad who is so dedicated to helping the disabled.

Several things in this story also reinforce the idea that autism is here to stay.

The dad calls for “autism acceptance” and “autism awareness.” He founded a charity called “Neurodiversity.”

According to this story, autism isn’t an epidemic of recent origin; it’s something that we don’t question. It’s now a given.

But all the kind intentions can’t change the reality that no society can function with increasing numbers of dependent citizens who will never pay into social services but will live off of them for the rest of their lives.

No one is ever out there raising an alarm over the autism numbers. It would make a person seem uncaring and callous. Maybe that’s why no one brings up the subject.

Personally, I can see where this is going, and when the accepted rate is one in 20 in every state, I hope all the people who want to do the right thing will finally ask the right question.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

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Two Kinds of Kids: Neurotypical, Neurodiverse

Brain colorsBy Anne Dachel

The latest fad in reporting on autism is to include it in an array of neurological disorders and call it all neurodiversity.

Neurodiversity doesn’t sound so bad. It’s just a lot of differences. It includes kids with autism, ADD, ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, global developmental disorder (GDD) and more.

Neurodiversity is a fact of life in America, especially when it comes to children. So many children today have some developmental problem that labels don’t raise eyebrows.

These children are the norm. They don’t have disorders, just differences. We don’t ask why a particular child ends up with a diagnosis. There’s lots of company sharing the condition, especially in our schools.

On September 1, 2023, The Buffalo (NY) News published the piece, Hard transitions': Buffalo Schools' special education faces backlash over late-summer changes for students with autism.

It was all about how changes to Buffalo schools would affect severely autistic kids.

For several years, classes for students with autism and sensory needs in kindergarten through fourth grade contained six students, one teacher and one paraprofessional – referred to as 6:1:1 classes.

This year, these classes have been eliminated and students previously enrolled will now attend classes comprising eight students, one teacher and one paraprofessional (8:1:1) – in different schools, in some cases – in order to “maximize resources and provide continuity for these students with their peers in grades five through 12,” Hammond said in an email.

While the focus of the story was the class changes, what stunned me were the stats on autism in Buffalo.

Students with disabilities account for 18% of Buffalo’s 30,000 students, according to 2022 state data, and other special education classrooms for students without an autism diagnosis may include those with behavior and emotional needs.

The district will enroll 438 students with autism in kindergarten through fourth grade for the 2023-24 school year, Hammond said, an increase of 103 over the previous year.

That last sentence deserves some explanation. Why the huge increase? Should we expect these additions every year?

Here again a story about a change in the special education program is really a story about autism.

A story in Fortune Magazine, also on September 1st, warned that schools have to learn to accommodate all the students with autism. The piece was entitled, “Autism diagnoses are on the rise. School policy must change to safeguard tomorrow’s workforce.”

As awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has increased in recent years, the number of children diagnosed with the condition has risen dramatically. In 2002, one in every 150 eight-year-old children received the diagnosis. In 2020, the figure was one in every 36, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s an increase of more than 300%.

This was written by Alexander Lopez, an associate professor of occupational therapy at New York Institute of Technology, and he was highly critical of how schools deal with autistic students.

While the medical community understands autism much better now, the understanding “is not yet translated to U.S. school systems.”

Lopez continued:

Educational strategies to help students with ASD have remained largely unchanged for decades. Without significant improvements in policy and practice, an entire generation of children may lose the opportunity to become independent, productive members of society….

We need changes at the state and federal levels to ensure that appropriate ASD intervention continues beyond preschool. K-12 schools should be required to have occupational therapists or other autism specialists on staff.

Lopez is promoting his profession while denying the stunning increase in autism is real.

Lopez also has the rates wrong. He said in 2002, the autism rate was one in 150 and 2020 it was one in 36.

Actually in 2002, the rate was one in 250 eight year olds, and in 2020, it was one in 54. In 2023, it became one in 36.

It really doesn’t matter; the numbers mean nothing to anyone.

Finally on September 3rd Forbes ran the hit piece, “What is Wrong With Our Schools?”

by Nancy Doyle, who describes herself as the Founder of Genius Within, a company specializing in neurodiversity and disability inclusion at work.

According to Doyle, schools have not adjusted to neurodivergent students.

Mainstream education was invented in the industrial revolution, to prepare workers for the modern age. We needed a population that was literate, numerate, able to sit still and concentrate for hours at a time, performing fine motor control in loud, busy environments.

Those who couldn’t cope with these newly vaunted skills were labelled dyslexic, dyscalculic, ADHD, dyspraxic and/or autistic respectively.

Since the Industrial Revolution happened in the 19th century and all the conditions she named are  much more recent inventions, her theory makes no sense.

I’m not really sure what her point was in the story, but it’s under the heading: DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION.

Doyle uses the terms “neurodivergent” and “neurodivergence” and criticizes schools for being restrictive.

There are few institutions in modern society where the consequence of non-compliance is restriction of freedom and isolation units: schools have more in common with prisons. You can get fired from a job for not performing, but it is not legal to detain you.

All three of these stories ignore reality: CHILDREN TODAY ARE NEUROLOGICALLY DAMAGED AND SCHOOLS HAVE TO DEAL WITH THEM.

In Buffalo, they’re left to deal with jaw-dropping autism increases among their students.

Fortune Magazine acknowledges the increases in autism then immediately pretends they’re not real.

Forbes rewrites history theorizing that students have always been “neurodivergent.”

Why so many children cannot function normally is never the focus. Schools are chastised for failing to provide for them. We have turned the abnormal into the normal

This is a farce. Pretending that we just need to be inclusive and all our problems will go away is not reality.

In the story from Buffalo, parents describe what their autistic children are like.

Kate Nowadly’s 5-year-old son with autism is nonverbal, with a tendency to run or climb anything in sight.

Marissa and Nathan Mieth said their son, Anthony, an elementary school student with autism, can throw tantrums and push over tables if his routine is disrupted.

This is the behavior that Nancy Doyle refers to as diversity. These are students that can only function in small groups with constant supervision. Our schools are overwhelmed with a disabled population that was not here 20 or 30 years ago, and no one is willing to recognize it.

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Given the massive push to vaccinate the entire global population, this book is timely and necessary for individuals to make informed choices for themselves and their families.


Autism Is A Category 5 in Florida

Hurricane puzzleHere's a question for candidate Ron DeSantis. What are you going to do about the tidal flood of autism in your state?  Children are surging into the system. Meanwhile there are more than 23,000 adults WAITING FOR SERVICES. Florida is a desert for adults with autism.

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By Anne Dachel

Aug 25th there was a stunning piece in the Boca Raton (FL) Tribune.

The title wasn’t all that noteworthy, ABA Centers of Florida Opens Flagship Autism Care Center in Boca Raton.   

There was a group photo of the ABA team all smiling, and the story promoted the benefits of ABA autism therapy.

Tucked in the middle was this stunning statement:

“Nearly 5% of children in Florida have autism and we understand that when we make an impact in those kiddos’ lives, we make an impact in their siblings’ lives, in their parents’ lives, in their teachers’ lives. ...

Why are Florida’s numbers so high when the U.S. rate is one in 36? It’s not relevant. No one is interested in where autism is coming from. That was said in passing. It’s certainly good for business if you're providing ABA services. And, now Florida is on a par with California where autism affects one in 22, one in 14 boys. Of course it could go higher like Ireland where the autism rate is one in 21 or N. Ireland where it's one in 20.

Those numbers don't bother anyone either.

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From Skyhorse Publishing

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The War on Ivermectin: The Medicine that Saved Millions and Could Have Ended the Pandemic

#1 Seller in Forensic Medicine

By Pierre Kory Dr. (Author), Jenna McCarthy (Author)

Big Pharma and health agencies cry, “Don’t take ivermectin!” A media storm follows. Why then, does the science say the opposite?” Ivermectin is a dirty word in the media. It doesn’t work. It’s a deadly horse dewormer. Prescribe or promote it and you’ll be called a right-wing quack, be banned from social media, or lose your license to practice medicine. And yet, entire countries wiped out the virus with it, and more than ninety-five studies now show it to be unequivocally effective in preventing and treating Covid-19. If it didn’t work, why was there a coordinated global campaign to cancel it? What’s the truth about this decades-old, Nobel Prize-winning medication? The War on Ivermectin is the personal and professional narrative of Dr. Pierre Kory and his crusade to recommend a safe, inexpensive, generic medicine as the key to ending the pandemic.


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We Need Early Prevention Not Just Intervention

What ifBy  Anne Dachel

You wonder if these behaviors are caused by the MMR vaccines she had recently.

There was an amazing opinion piece by Sandi Squicquero in the Greeley (CO) Tribune on Aug 27th. The title was, The impacts of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Squicquero described a scenario familiar to uncountable numbers of parents of autistic children.

The birth of a child is a miraculous event.  Parents look forward to it with excitement and anticipation.

The day finally arrives and after the delivery Mom lovingly counts all of the fingers and toes and says a prayer of thanks that he or she is healthy.  Soon Mother and baby are being discharged to return home.

The nursery has been ready for months, decorated in nursery rhymes or fairy tale images.  Dad is excited, sibling’s are waiting at home to see this bundle of joy.

All is right with the universe.

Then she talked about thing not going right.

Before you know it you are celebrating your sweet’s second birthday. You  notice that your child has been having difficulty with language, her social skills are impaired and she is stimming, (repetitive action or movements such as rocking or spinning).

What she said next was almost a passing comment of no real significance, but in truth, it was a jaw-dropping statement.

You wonder if these behaviors are caused by the MMR vaccines she had recently. You consult with your family physician and after months of tests, you are told that your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder.

It is an emotionally crushing statement for parents to hear.

There was no follow-up to the MMR statement. It was just a random thought, but so true for a multitude of children. And maybe it wasn’t the MMR vaccines. Maybe it was the flu shot or any of a number of combinations of vaccines given at those “well baby checks.”

 Squicquero went on to talk about autism, saying, “Most of us will be touched by someone who has autism…”

That’s now a given. Twenty-five years ago few people knew anything about autism; now we all know children with the disorder. Everywhere people are being trained to deal with autistic individuals. Autism is now a fact of life for Americans.

Autism now affects 1 out of 36 children in the U.S. ages 3-17, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Diagnosis focuses on a variety of behavior characteristics in a child such as marked impairment in nonverbal behaviors, failure to develop social relationships, a delay or total lack of the development of spoken language, and difficulty with sensory issues.

Most of us will be touched by someone who has autism. Perhaps we are living with a family member, working with an employee or we are involved with someone on another level.

Will we understand their needs?

People with ASD have problems with social interaction, communication and restricted or repetitive behaviors. Diagnosing ASD can be difficult as there is no medical test like a blood test to diagnose the disorder. Doctors look at the child’s developmental history and behavior to make a diagnosis….

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM5 describes three levels of ASD that are legitimate to the medical community.  They describe them as Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. …

The most important thing for people to focus on is awareness, prevention, cure and funding.

Squicquero said it’s important to focus on “prevention” among other things. Of course that can never happen.

Autism is a mystery, a puzzle with no known cause, cure or prevention, and that’s the way, officially, it’s going to stay.

Interestingly Squicquero talked about COST. Notice the difference between the BILLIONS autism cost the U.S. in 2022 and the paltry MILLIONS spent by NIH on dead-end autism research.

Autism cost the nation more than $350 billion in 2022, according to the CDC. Research funding in 2022 was $306 million, according to the National Institute of Health.

And those costs are unstoppable, because, as Squicquero notes,Autism is on the rise.”

Autism is on the rise and though research shows there is a genetic predisposition, the causes and cure still elude researchers.  Early intervention is the key.

Squicquero ended with a timid call for “early intervention.” That will become impossible as more and more and more kids are diagnosed. There simply will be too many disabled children to provide for. Many places today have waiting lists that are years long just to get a diagnosis.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

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From Skyhorse Publishing

The War On Ivermectin Yellow Cover
The War on Ivermectin: The Medicine that Saved Millions and Could Have Ended the Pandemic

#1 Seller in Forensic Medicine

By Pierre Kory Dr. (Author), Jenna McCarthy (Author)

Big Pharma and health agencies cry, “Don’t take ivermectin!” A media storm follows. Why then, does the science say the opposite?” Ivermectin is a dirty word in the media. It doesn’t work. It’s a deadly horse dewormer. Prescribe or promote it and you’ll be called a right-wing quack, be banned from social media, or lose your license to practice medicine. And yet, entire countries wiped out the virus with it, and more than ninety-five studies now show it to be unequivocally effective in preventing and treating Covid-19. If it didn’t work, why was there a coordinated global campaign to cancel it? What’s the truth about this decades-old, Nobel Prize-winning medication? The War on Ivermectin is the personal and professional narrative of Dr. Pierre Kory and his crusade to recommend a safe, inexpensive, generic medicine as the key to ending the pandemic.


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Heaven Help Us

Pink-cross-with-heartBy Anne Dachel

Aug 20, 2023, Get Religion published an article entitled, Are congregations ready to help carry the unique spiritual burden of autism? by Terry Mattingly.

 It basically called for churches to accommodate people with autism.

But in a few sanctuaries linked to ancient traditions, worship leaders are trying something different. In some Eucharistic services, they are offering autistic worshippers an atmosphere that is more calm and less intense.

“Autistic Priest”

One spokesperson for the autism community is Father Matthew Schneider. He was diagnosed with autism as an adult.

"If you look at many church services from the point of view of highly sensitive people – especially autistic children – there is too much noise, too many lights," said Father Matthew Schneider, known to online Catholics as @AutisticPriest. "We can turn down the lights. We can turn down the volume. We can do a few things to accept these families and let them feel more comfortable."…

Here’s more on his background. He is focused “autistics” and the practice of their faith.

Father Matthew Schneider Navigating Life As Priest On The Autism Spectrum

Father Matthew P. Schneider has over 65,000 followers between Twitter and Instagram and is completing a doctorate in moral theology and is in the final edit for a book on autistic prayer.

Shortly after his ordination in his early thirties Matthew was diagnosed with autism. This diagnosis gave him insight for his vocation in the priesthood.

Mattingly makes an urgent call for churches to address the needs of people with autism.

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"What RFK Gets Wrong"... Lazy AI Headlines or is Journalism Simply MIA?

Rita Skeeter with penNote: Yesterday, The Kennedy Beacon, a Substack publication from the AmericanValues24 SuperPac reported that during his recent Tucker Carlson interview, Kennedy reported that a mentally ill person intruded into his California home and was able to get to the second floor.  Kennedy was turned down for Secret Service protection by Homeland Security, despite his unique place in American tragedy and history. CNN reported I(see below) that Kennedy's dismay at being turned down by Homeland Security was unwarranted. Apparantly granting protection would be tacit admission that Kennedy is a viable candidate with a chance of winning. How is it anyone's job other than the voters to make this decision? President Obama had protection as a candidate because as a black man, he faced a unique danger. Hard to argue with that. Kennedy's father, a Civil Rights leader, was assassinated. Kennedy's Uncle, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. Yet "Kennedy just doesn't meet the criteria."

CNN Facts First: Kennedy’s suggestion that he is being treated differently than every other presidential candidate since 1968 is baseless. In reality, the vast majority of candidates in modern presidential primaries never receive Secret Service protection because they are not deemed “major” candidates – and it would be nearly unprecedented for even a major candidate to receive protection this early in a campaign if they did not already have it on account of currently or previously serving in the White House. A CNN review of presidential campaigns dating back to 1980 found that only then-Senator Barack Obama, who faced unique threats as a Black man with a realistic chance to become president, was granted Secret Service protection as early in a campaign as Kennedy is seeking it.

It's almost as if.... nah, couldn't be.

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By Anne Dachel

I reported on the Aug 10th story on FactCheck : What RFK Jr Gets Wrong About Autism by Kate Yandell.  My post from yesterday: Candidate Kennedy and The Really Big Lie About Autism

On the Aug 11, 2023 we find the piece, What RFK Jr. Gets Wrong About Autism by Pravin Jadhav

Same title....Coincidence?

Here’s how Yandell starts her piece:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. makes a variety of incorrect or misleading claims about vaccines, COVID-19 and other health-related topics, as we discuss in other articles in this series. But his views on vaccines rose to prominence when he began to advance the thoroughly debunked idea that they cause autism — and he is repeating his claims about autism as a presidential candidate.

The prevalence of children identified as having autism has risen in recent decades, but changes in awareness of the neurodevelopmental disorder and how it is defined play a major role in this increase, as we have written before. There may be some true increase in autism, but there’s no evidence that vaccines are a cause.

Jadhav started this way:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has made numerous inaccurate and misleading claims about vaccines, COVID-19, and other health-related topics. His infamous claim that vaccines cause autism has been thoroughly debunked, yet he continues to repeat it during his presidential campaign. While there has been a rise in diagnosed cases of autism in recent decades, this can be largely attributed to increased awareness and changes in how the disorder is defined.

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Candidate Kennedy and The Really Big Lie About Autism

Big lieNote: Robert Kennedy, Jr. has been a "friend of ours," to use the vernacular, for more than a decade. We sat agog as he spoke about vaccine injury and the cover ups lead by Dr. Paul Offit at an Autism One Conference. (Who remembers?) That said, we can not and do not endorse candidates, because we are a non-profit. Also, we know that our readers span the full political spectrum, and bring valid, important points of view to our comments. I am actively looking for content from Ron DeSantis and other candidates to share with readers. Autism is so far down the list of topics I think the high price of crinoline underskirts is ranked higher.  This is a sin. Autism is going to wreak havoc on our political, financial, social and family systems as the epidemic rages and ages on. Cheerful, yes?

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By Anne Dachel

Robert Kennedy, Jr. is a clear threat to the status quo in Washington and elsewhere. There are massive numbers of corporate leaders who don’t want Kennedy’s views made public. Most critical to lots of people is silencing what he has to say about vaccines and autism.

I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that there are endless articles currently in the news about events and places now declaring themselves “autism-friendly” or “sensory-friendly.”

Walmart has joined the growing list of stores, theaters and attractions that offer "sensory-friendly" back-to-school shopping hours for families with autism spectrum disorder or other “neurodivergent” conditions.

The Smithsonian Institution, along with the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City now provide sensory-friendly times.

AMC Theatres around the U.S. offer a regular schedule of sensory-friendly films. This year the White House held its first-ever sensory-friendly Easter Egg Roll.

In Corpus Christi, Texas a barbershop advertises “sensory-friendly services” for customers, much to the relief, we’re told, of autism parents. Cooper City, Florida and Killarney, Ireland announced they are officially “autism-friendly” cities. Many, many others are joining their ranks.

This is intentional. The ideal way to downplay autism is to dress it up as a normal condition that we’re finally accommodating, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing now more than ever.

OVER THE YEARS I’ve written dozens of times about what I call the REALLY BIG LIE ABOUT AUTISM, namely that there has been no increase in autism.

Whatever the current official rate, it’s the same across the population. It’s always been this prevalent. More kids with autism are always the result of greater awareness, better diagnosing.

That lie has to work. Everything depends on it.

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The Expenses Of Autism Roll In

Raking in the moneyNew song! It's starts like this: "Boom boom bump! Boom boom bump! Boom boom bump! Boom boom bump!  ABA's the thing science says it can bring kids forward from their aut-is-m. You need 20 hours a week. The cost makes us shriek. We can not provide for all who seek. Singing "We will, we will BANKRUPT YOU!" Ok, so I'm not a lyricist. But you get the point. Apologies to Freddie... Mercury (hey oh!)  ABA is the exalted "science based" treatment for autism. But it's pricey! From what I am seeing, a lot of mediocre colleges are churning out BCBAs at a quick pace. Students know they can make far more as a BCBA than social worker. Below, Anne Dachel highlights just two stories  of how the world is starting to go broke on autism. It's going to get much worse. It's no bed of roses.

By Anne Dachel

Two recent stories are a serious cause for alarm.

Aug 11, 2023, Fox 59, Indianapolis: Proposal could cut Indiana Medicaid reimbursement rates for autism therapy for kids   

While health officials, doctors and overwhelmingly the media tell us that all the autistic kids everywhere are nothing new, statistics prove them horribly wrong.

Here’s what’s happening in Indiana.

…Last year, Indiana Medicaid programs provided 6,200 kids with what’s known as “Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy,” or “ABA” for short.

Tuesday, the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) alerted ABA providers across the state it would propose a standard reimbursement rate for care administered by an RBT of $55 per hour. However, several providers say the average market rate is closer to $100 per hour, which means the proposal could cut funding by almost half across the board.

Our entire clinic is Medicaid families who depend on these services,” said Courtney Hodge, the owner of Shine Pediatric Therapy.

Hodge said since the clinic opened in October 2022, 38 of 40 families served have used Medicaid vouchers. Hodge said she fears proposed cuts to Medicaid reimbursement rates could mean decreased staffing, training and personalized care for kids.

ABA therapy, we’re told, costs $100 an hour. And funding would be cut by half. Medicaid pays for low income families. How would they afford the cost of ABA?

Here’s the sobering reality for Indiana and, I’m sure, everywhere else.

However, the FSSA [IN Family and Social Services Administration] argues that the current reimbursement rate is unsustainable. The agency said Medicaid programs spent $420M on ABA alone in 2022, and that over the last three years, ABA expenses increased by more than 50 percent each year.

Another story, this one from Fairfield, Texas, gives a chilling statistic about ABA therapy for autistic children.

On Aug 6, 2023, the Freestone County Times, in Fairfield, TX, published an op ed piece by a psychologist who’s worried about losing funding for ABA therapy. She notes, Between 2010 and 2020, demand for ABA services grew over 4,000%.

WHY? Why was there such a staggering increase in demand? We’re not told because the ABA provider wasn’t interest in where these kids are coming from.

I think we need to get used to the word unsustainable. We’re going to be hearing it a lot.

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Based on over one hundred studies in the peer-reviewed literature that consider vaccinated versus unvaccinated populations. Each of these studies is analyzed and put in context of the difference in health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated infants, children, and adults. Given the massive push to vaccinate the entire global population, this book is timely and necessary for individuals to make informed choices for themselves and their families.

 


Age of Autism is Aging

Autism RealityNote: we mean the ENTIRE age of autism. Not just us. Though we're getting older too. To quote Fleetwood Mac.

By Anne Dachel

Remember the REALLY BIG LIE ABOUT AUTISM is that it’s nothing new. No matter what the latest rate is, it’s always been that across the population. Autism has never been anything to worry about despite being a condition with none known cause, cure or prevention.

We’ve been trained to be aware of autism, to accept autism and now celebrate it as just another part of all the neurodiversity all around us.

Despite the surreal spin on autism currently, the truth will come out. There’s no way to avoid it.

We’re barely able to deal with growing numbers of children with autism. Now imagine the not too distance future when millions of these children with autism become young adults with autism with no place to go.

Back in 1975 IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, extended special education services to age 21. Some states are already moving that to age 22. In 2014 the U.K. went to age 25. Having disabled young adults in school with teenagers is happening simply because they don’t have enough programs for them when they leave school.

This is nothing but kicking the can down the road a little. The dark future is still there, ready to overpower us.

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Like Pearls Before Swine and H1N1 and Pandemic Flu

Groundhog day clockBy Anne Dachel

There were precursors to the COVID Pandemic.

Lest we forget, COVID wasn’t the first international health emergency. Going back a decade or two, we can remember the alarm that was raised over swine flu and bird flu.

In  both cases, vaccines would be the answer.

In 2009, it was the Swine Flu or H1N1.

May 15, 2009, CNN: More Than 100,000 Americans May Have Swine Flu: CDC

While the official tally of confirmed U.S. swine flu cases topped 4,700 on Friday, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate the true number of infections at more than 100,000 nationwide.

Also on Friday, health officials announced two new deaths linked to the H1N1 virus, bringing the nationwide total to five….

But in a troubling sign that the swine flu outbreak has yet to run its current course in the United States, three New York City public schools were closed Thursday after dozens of flu-like infections surfaced and an assistant principal was in critical condition on a ventilator, according to published reports….

Vaccine manufacturers and other health experts met Thursday at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to plot potential strategies to combat the swine flu virus.

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When Will Congress Hold Hearings on Our UAP? Unrelenting Autism Prevalence.

Alien puzzleBy Anne Dachel

Is anyone going to be held accountable for 20+ years of non-stop increases in the autism rate with no credible explanation for why these numbers never stop going up? 

I really want to know.

No member of the media will ever bring this up.

So why don’t we ask people running for elected office about the always expanding rate of autism?

Shouldn’t every candidate be concerned about something impacting so many children and their families, especially those running for the office of President of the United States?

Here’s what’s been happening to autism over the last 20 years.

(FYI, Asperger Syndrome, or mild autism, was added in 1994, so “widening the definition” hardly applies.)

In 2002 the rate was one in every 250 children.

In 2004 it was one in 166 children, one in 102 boys.

In 2007 it was one in 150 children, one in 92 boys.

In 2009 it was one in 110 children, one in 68 boys.

In 2012 it was one in 88 children, one in 54 boys.

In 2014 it was one in 68 children, one in 42 boys.

In 2018 it was one in 59 children, one in 36 boys.

In 2020 it was one in 54 children, one in 33 boys.

In 2021 it was one in 44 children, one in 27 boys.

In 2023 it is one in 36 children, one in 22 boys.

Reports from other places are truly shocking. 

California: One in 22 children, one in 14 boys.    

Ireland: One in 21 children, one in 13 boys

Northern Ireland: One in 20 children, one in 12 boys.

Throughout all these increases, no federal health official has ever referred to autism as a CRISIS. ‘Serious public health concern’ is the strongest language I seen when it comes to autism.

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