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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: The Brain Game

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Here's the latest autism study just out on major news sites.  It involves overproduction of synapses in the brain.

Okay, What's a synapse and how does a kid with autism get too many of them?  How does this explain an epidemic of ASD among our children?  How does it explain sudden regressive autism in toddlers accompanied by bowel disease?

This kind of research announcement is routine in the scientific world because it fosters a number of things officials want us to believe:

Autism is a mysterious disorder that scientists are diligently trying to figure out.

No one is alarmed about autism, just curious.

There is no urgency.

Notice the finding only "provides clues" and "the research may shed light on the roots of autism." 

My favorite headline was Newsday's: Autism may be brain disorder.  Seriously?

New York Times: Study Finds That Brains With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses as They Develop

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Current Affairs, Dr. Andrew Wakefield

CDC's "Snowden" MMR Whistleblower Identity Revealed

Breaking newsEditor's Note -- From our friends at Autism Media Channel. CDC whistleblower is being identified as William Thompson, an author of the paper on timing of MMR vaccination and risk of autism. -- Dan Olmsted.

CDC's "SNOWDEN" IDENTITY REVEALED

SENIOR GOVERNMENT SCIENTIST BREAKS 13 YEARS OF SILENCE ON CDC’S VACCINE-AUTISM FRAUD

AFRICAN AMERICAN BOYS WILLFULLY EXPOSED TO HIGH RISK OF AUTISM FROM MMR VACCINE 

AUTISMMEDIACHANNELEXCLUSIVE

Watch The Video: 5:00 mark.

 

Anne Dachel

Autistic, Adult, Alone: When Mom or Dad Dies

Wake up callBy Anne Dachel

Internationally governments and doctors have looked on as autism consumed a generation of children.  No one in authority has ever expressed alarm.  There's never been a demand for answers.  Officials readily admit that there's nothing they know for sure about autism and nothing they can really do about it.  Meanwhile, a generation of disabled children is entering adulthood with nowhere to go. 

This adult woman with autism is 43.  Her circumstances are dire.  This may be happening in Canada, but it'll be the same here.  All those who've assured us for years that an epidemic of developmentally disabled children is normal and acceptable need to tell us what we're going to do.

Aug 12, 2014, Ottowa Citizen.

Jennifer is 43. Her mother, Cecile, was her main caregiver until she died in April, struck by an aneurysm at age 79, and dying on Easter Sunday. Her father, Arnold, is 90, a retired school caretaker, but so gnarled with arthritis and heart disease, he can barely get from his bed to his recliner.

"I feel helpless," he said.

This has left the bulk of the care to Caroline, 60, her sister, who lives in the white house with the big wood stove, about five kilometres from Eganville, on 140 acres of hay and tough sledding....

A report by a study group last fall said there are 12,000 people with developmental disabilities waiting for supportive housing.

The consequences for families can be crushing, the report said. Chiefly, there is burnout. The report called for enough funding so that any parent over 80 could be assured of placement of their disabled adult child within six to 12 months.

A committee of MPPs also called for an end to service wait-lists, which can stretch years, and pointed to housing as an urgent need....

Anne Dachel Book CoverAnne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of  The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.

Current Affairs

Win a Copy of Outsmarting Autism By Patricia Lemer

Outsmarting AutismWe're happy to anounce a contest to win a copy of Patricia Lemer's s Outsmarting Autism, The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing and Prevention.  Leave a comment to enter to win a copy.  You can purchase the book now at AmazonWhether you are new to the world of autism, are familiar with treatment options, or are a veteran who has been there, done that, this book is for you! Discoveries about possible etiologies and promising therapies are emerging so quickly that you are sure to learn something new. Outsmarting Autism guides you step-by-step with practical information from a variety of fields that families, specialists, and educators can put to use immediately. STEP 1: Take Away the Bad Stuff, and Add Back the Good Stuff Clean up the environment Eat, sleep, and drink smarter Boost the immune system Balance hormones Detoxify STEP 2: Correct Foundational Issues Remove structural impediments Integrate reflexes STEP 3: Address Sensory Problems Improve sensory processing Develop vision STEP 4: Focus on Communicating, Interacting, and Learning Build language Concentrate on social-emotional skills Learn to read, write, and calculate Use technology STEP 5: Plan for the Future Transition to independence.

Patricia S. Lemer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 40 years.  She was co-founder and Executive Director of Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), and international, non-profit organization for 20 years.  DDR merged with Epidemic Answers in 2013, and Ms. Lemer serves as Board Chair.  She holds a Masters of Education in counseling and learning disabilities from Boston College and a Masters in Business from John Hopkins University.

Ms. Lemer lectures internationally on developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorders.  From 2012-2014, she served as Chief Consultant in the establishment of a center for young adults with disabilities in Kuwait.

She is the author of EnVISIONing a Bright Future:  Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Outsmarting Autism, to be published summer, 2014.  Ms. Lemer lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is the mother of an adult daughter and the grandmother of Penelope, born in August, 2006.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Seattle Young Adults with Autism

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 20, 2014, King5 TV Seattle: Seattle Children's changes lives of young adults with autism

Aug 20, 2014, Discover Magazine: Robert Kennedy Jr. and Mark Hyman to Appear on Dr. Oz Show - Collide-a-Scape

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Current Affairs

Kennedy Jr. on Fox NY: This Book Is Going to Scare People

New York News Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., author of Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak, appeared on MyFoxNY yesterday:

NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - At least a dozen scathing reviews were printed about Robert F. Kennedy Thimerosal RFKJr.'s new book on a preservative used in vaccines before it was released. It's not fair, says Kennedy Jr., and he explained why during Good Day New York. 'Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak-The Evidence Supporting The Immediate Removal of Mercury- A Known Neurotoxin – From Vaccines' is a culmination of three years of research about a preservative known to injure and kill people.

"They attacked me for what they believed was going to be in the book which was a discussion about autism and that is not in the book," said Kennedy Jr. The prominent environmental attorney takes a closer look at the mercury based preservative that was order removed by the Federal Drug Administration in 1998 from all topical medicines due to its toxicity. "The CDC at the same time was recommending higher and higher doses in vaccines and we started to see a giant rise in neurological disorders in our children," said Kennedy Jr.

Despite its removal from pediatric vaccines, Thimerosal levels remain virtually unchanged.

"For the first time in history, fetuses are being exposed to Thimerosal—if a pregnant woman takes a flu shot— that's about 800 times the amount of mercury the CDC recommends," said Kennedy Jr.

Read more and comment at MyFoxNY.

Current Affairs

Journal Exercise 4.7: Autobiographical Incident 7-11-14

Tim RyanNote: Timothy Ryan is an adult with autism who uses Rapid Prompt to write and communicate. This is one of his journal entries and we thank him for sharing. He has a wry sense of humor (note the ending) and keen insight.  Not being able to communicate typically does NOT mean having nothing to say. We are always happy to bring you posts not just about - but BY - people with autism. Thank you, Tim.

By Timothy Ryan

The Disney Park was hot, steamy, muggy, and smelly.  My family and I were waiting for the Splash Mountain ride.  I felt sick.  My body was on fire from the inside out.  My head was going to explode.  I couldn’t talk and describe the agony.  That was only the beginning of my ordeal.  The airplane would prove to be my greatest challenge thus far.  Little did I know everything would go askew.

The airplane was cramped, dirty, noisy, and uncomfortable.  Cigarette smoke lingered in the cabin.  I became sick, nauseous, and disoriented.  Passengers were staring at me with ugly faces.  It felt like I was on display at the museum.  Dad was aware of my discomfort due to relentless pummeling from my fists.  Mom was mortified by my seemingly irrational behavior.  My brother Mark slinked down in his seat not saying a word.  The flight attendant roamed up and down the aisles glaring in my direction, her arms on her hips with eyes bugging out.

I felt as if my body was breaking down like an old used car.  It hurt to breathe, think, talk, and be around people.  People make it impossible for me to interact.  They speak too rapidly and don’t wait for me to respond.  If only they would notice how I am trying to fit in and be more typical.  It would help if people made an effort to get to know me.  I am suffering from an illness that robs me from establishing relationships.  I can feel rejection.  It hurts to see others move forward while I remain trapped in my inner world.  It is not my choice to be disabled and dependent upon people.

I was misunderstood in the airport and on the airplane.  No one felt compassion for me and my disability.  I started to assault random passengers as they sat buckled in for the flight many of which had food that was poison for me.  The odors wafted up to my brain causing rage that manifested as hitting heads like a bowling ball knocking down pins.  I had no resistance to my impulses.  They came mean and ferociously like a pack of wild dogs on a hunt for prey.  I must follow through with violence or I will die from anxiety.  That makes me a psychological cripple that prevents my development as a functioning member of society.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Autism Schools in Demand

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 19, 2014, Salt Lake Tribune: New Utah charter school for kids with autism opens doors

Aug 19, 2014, Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune: Autism: Then and now

Aug 18, 2014, Medscape.com: Protect the Next Generation: Recommend the HPV Vaccine

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

How Autism Happens: A Conversation With Kathryn Wolcott

How Autism Happens graphicBy Dan Olmsted

This is the first in a series of articles in which parents describe how their children developed autism. Today, a talk with Kathryn Wolcott. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail me at Olmsted.dan@gmail.com

Dan: I have not done this series before, this conversation,  so I appreciate your being the first one and talking to me. I wondered if you might just go over a little bit about your situation, where you live, what you do, what your family's like and maybe we can talk about what happened with your daughter, Norah.

Kathryn: I would love to actually because this is the first time I've really gotten to flesh out the whole Wolcott familysituation.

My husband and I live in Jackson, Michigan, which is just south of the capital of Lansing. We both went to Michigan State University. We grew up together and got married after college. I actually went to school for communication, and then my master's degree is in health communication and I studied epidemiology and public health. After my daughter was born I did my master’s thesis on the CDC's vaccine schedule and how Jenny McCarthy was ruining public health as we know it and how vaccines absolutely do not cause autism.

Dan: You can't be serious.

Kathryn: I'm very serious, which is why this is such an interestingly ironic situation. Of course I got all my information from the CDC itself. I was gung-ho about making sure everyone in my family got their flu shot and my daughter was vaccinated on schedule every single month and there was no delaying or anything.

We found out we were expecting after we'd been married for about two and a half years, and I heard someone talking about the vaccine-autism connection and of course I just totally blew it off, "Of course it doesn't cause autism, it's just better diagnosing and that will never happen, because I'm having a girl and girls don't get autism as much as boys do." I got the flu shot while pregnant, everything.

She was born 39 weeks. I was a planned induction, which was another big regret. She was developing fine really. I nursed her ... We had a little bit of struggles with breastfeeding at the beginning. She got  Vitamin K at birth, and then two weeks in, the hep B, and she got sick, and I mean like fever.

Then we started noticing some GI issues and she was having horrible constipation and screaming and gas, which is unusual on a breastfed baby. I cut dairy and that seemed to help a little bit until we got to the two month shot and she got sick again with the high-pitched screams, the fever, all of it. Of course I pushed Tylenol like you wouldn't believe.

She got her four-month shots, same thing -- fever, screaming, but she seemed to be fine. Then between the four-month and the six-month shots, her head circumference went from the 25th percentile, which is where she was because she is little, to the 90th. That should have been a red flag for me, but retrospectively I know now.

Dan: Was that noticeable to you or is that something that the doctor noticed when he measured or what?

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Senior Government Scientist Breaks 13 Years' Silence on CDC's Vaccine-autism Fraud

CdcpoliticsListen to audio from the whistleblower HERE.  Below is an unofficial transcript from the audio.

CDC Whistleblower

http://vimeo.com/user5503203/review/103711143/91f7d3d4d8

"Oh my God.  I cannot believe we did what we did, but we did."

Dr. Andrew Wakefield:  "This is a real story of a real fraud.  ...Deliberate.  High-level deception of the American people with disastrous consequences for its children's health. ...

(Dr. Wakefield then described the inhumane treatment of black American man during the Tuskegee syphilis experiment that was conducted from 1932 to 1972.)

"Thirty years later the CDC was to do something arguably far worse. Over a decade ago, Dr. Scott Montgomery and I put forward a hypothesis for MMR vaccine and autism: the age you receive the vaccine influences the risk. ...We shared this hypothesis with vaccine officials, members of the Centers for Disease Control, at meetings in Washington, D.C. and Cold Spring Harbor.  A group of senior vaccine safety people at the CDC studied it.  It panned out.  We were right--at least partly. 

"By Nov 9, 2001, nearly thirteen years ago, senior CDC scientists knew that the younger age exposure to MMR was associated with an increased risk of autism.  In 2004 they published, but they hid the results. ...

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: More Disabled Kids, Nothing To See, Move Along

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

This week, a number of stories simultaneously acknowledged that yes, our children are more disabled than ever, autism is only one part of the issue, but it's probably just better awareness and nothing to worry about. 

Here's how the mainstream media reported on a 10 year study of 200,000 children that doesn't explain why any of this is happening.  The findings showed a 21 percent increase in developmental disabilities, without mentioning that in the past decade, autism has increased 78 percent. 

It's another increase that no one can explain rationally.  I think it's clear that the purpose of this study was to acknowledge the overall increase in disabilities while attributing it all to better recognition.  This is just a sampling of the news out there.  We are now so indoctrinated to accept problems in our children's ability to speak, to learn and to behave, that no one even thinks to ask where they're all coming from and what it all means.  And if the world's top health officials don't see a problem, everything must be all right.

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Whistleblower Says CDC Knew in 2003 of Higher Autism Rate Among African-American Boys Receiving MMR Shot Earlier Than 36 Months

CdcpoliticsListen to audio from the whistleblower HERE.

WATCHUNG, NJ--(Marketwired - August 18, 2014) - A top research scientist working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) played a key role in helping Dr. Brian Hooker of the Focus Autism Foundation uncover data manipulation by the CDC that obscured a higher incidence of autism in African-American boys. The whistleblower came to the attention of Hooker, a PhD in biochemical engineering, after he had made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for original data on the DeStefano et al MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and autism study.

Dr. Hooker's study, published August 8 in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Translational Neurodegenerationshows that African-American boys receiving their first MMR vaccine before 36 months of age are 3.4 times more likely to develop autism vs. after 36 months.

According to Dr. Hooker, the CDC whistleblower informant -- who wishes to remain anonymous -- guided him to evidence that a statistically significant relationship between the age the MMR vaccine was first given and autism incidence in African-American boys was hidden by CDC researchers. After data were gathered on 2,583 children living in Atlanta, Georgia who were born between 1986 and 1993, CDC researchers excluded children that did not have a valid State of Georgia birth certificate -- reducing the sample size being studied by 41%. Hooker explains that by introducing this arbitrary criteria into the analysis, the cohort size was sharply reduced, eliminating the statistical power of the findings and negating the strong MMR-autism link in African American boys.

Dr. Hooker has worked closely with the CDC whistleblower, and he viewed highly sensitive documents related to the study via Congressional request from U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The CDC documents from Congress and discussions that Hooker had with the whistleblower reveal widespread manipulation of scientific data and top-down pressure on CDC scientists to support fraudulent application of government policies on vaccine safety. Based on raw data used in the 2004 DeStefano et al study obtained under FOIA, Dr. Hooker found that the link between MMR vaccination and autism in African-American boys was obscured by the introduction of irrelevant and unnecessary birth certificate criteria -- ostensibly to reduce the size of the study.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Autism Not on Rise???

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 18, 2014, MDLinx.com: No rise in autism in 20 years

Aug 17, 2014, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch: Disabilities in [U.S.] kids rise; not physical problems

Aug 17, 2014, Augusta Chronicle: Know shot options

Aug 16, 2014, Sonoma County Press (CA) Democrat: For mentally ill students, school can add stressors

Aug 16, 2014, San Francisco Chronicle: Unscrambling autism laws

Aug 13, 2014, NY Post: Flu Shot Is Most Dangerous Vaccine in US: Report

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Sharyl Attkisson: Researcher Who Dispelled Vaccine-autism Link: “Most-wanted Fugitive”

SharylNote: Sharyl continues to speak out as a journalist should - and we are Poul Thorsengrateful.  Please bookmark her site - SharylAttkisson.com .  We have covered the strange case of fugitive from justice Dr.  Poul Thorsen (Principal Investigator on the Danish Autism Studies, indicted on 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by a U.S. Federal Grand Jury) at AofA:

Autism Researcher Poul Thorsen Indicted

Round 2: CDCs Poul Thorsen Lying in Plain Sight

First Fraud: Dr. Poul Thorsen and the original “Danish Study”

Poul Thorsen Called Industry “Scumbag” Scientist and Mercury Shill

WANTED BY THE FEDS: Poul Thorsen, Who Helped Pull Off CDC Vaccine Autism Heist

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From Ms. Attkisson:

A former Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researcher, best known for his frequently-cited studies dispelling a link between vaccines and autism, is still considered on the lam after allegedly using CDC grants of tax dollars to buy a house and cars for himself.

Poul Thorsen, listed as a most-wanted fugitive
by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, was discredited in April 2011 when he was indicted on 13 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering. Some have argued that his alleged fraudulent behavior calls into question the validity of his studies. There is no indication the studies have been retracted to date.

According to the HHS Inspector General,

“From approximately February 2004 until February 2010, Poul Thorsen executed a scheme to steal grant money awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

CDC employed Thorsen as a visiting scientist from Denmark prior to awarding grants to Denmark to fund “research involving the relationship between autism and the exposure to vaccines” and other disabilities. Thorsen is accused of diverting over $1 million of CDC grant money, public funds, for his personal use... 

Read the full post and comment at Ms. Attkisson's site - HERE.

Vaccine Safety

The Greater Good Presents: VACCINE BEAT #2 - What Doctors Learn About Vaccines

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Despite the official denials and all the studies, moms who witnessed the damage done to their children are speaking out. Doctors have been trained to call this a coincidence and close their eyes to a generation of children now crippled by autism, learning disabilities, diabetes, seizures, arthritis, life-threatening allergies, bowel disease and asthma, but parents are scared.  They simply don't believe officials who care more about their financial ties to industry than what's happening to our kids. 

Where is the alarm?  Where is the demand for answers?  When is someone going to care about all the sick children? Anne Dachel

The Greater Good
 has some exciting news - we are launching a series of videos on the vaccine debate that are sure to open hearts and provoke thought. The first is about autism and we think you will find it very compelling. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks and months!

Well, the coming weeks and months have arrived! Below is the second video - scroll down to view the first.



Vaccine Beat 1: Autism and The Thinking Moms’ Revolution


http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/video/vaccine-beat-1-autism-and-the-thinking-moms-revolution/

So let's talk a little about what the government is saying and doing about autism. In March of 2014 CDC reported new "official" autism rates stating that 1 in 68 US kids has autism, with 1 in 42 boys. But a CDC telephone survey of 100,000 US parents just last year found that 1 in 50 US kids and 1 in 32 boys suffers from autism. Why the difference? The telephone survey was conducted in 2013 looking at 6-17 year olds in 2011-2012 whereas the "official" data are from 2010 but ONLY looking at 8 year-olds. 

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Cathy Jameson

When I Grow Up

13 cakeBy Cathy Jameson

When my thirteen-year old daughter was six, she was at the magical age of "Mommy, when I grow up I'm going to be a ballerina, veterinarian, singer and baseball player. Oh, yes, I want to be a Mommy too.  What do you want to be?"  Gosh, if I had energy to be all of that I'd join Fiona in her fun.  Most days I just want to take a nap, not do anymore work!

Fiona is heading into her teenage years.  Pretend play has been replaced with reading novels, playing video games and hanging out with friends.  Even though Fiona has outgrown most of the toys, her younger siblings are still knee-deep in pretend play. We both watch the younger siblings scatter her hand-me-down toys around the house taking turns making up the next imaginary adventure.  During the school year, with a heavier workload than the littles have, Fiona will sometimes complain about how they get too loud and take over not just the playroom but the living and dining rooms as well.  I remind Fiona that it wasn't so long ago that she too played as heartily as they do.  She'll get a gleam in her eye and say, "Oh, yeah. I remember."  We both laugh while also shaking our heads.  When homework isn't as tough and when deadlines for projects aren't looming overhead, I encourage Fiona to take a break and jump in and play.  She doesn't miss a beat and enjoys feeling like a little kid again.

It's fun to pretend and imagine ourselves elsewhere.  On days when things get really tough, like during one of Ronan's meltdowns after he’s lashed out and pulled her hair, I know that sometimes Fiona longs to be somewhere else.  She’d rather be with her typical friends in their quieter homes.  Those friends have never been asked to take over seizure watch while their mom runs to the bathroom.  They don't have to help change their 11-year-old brother's stinky diaper.  They don't have to sit in waiting rooms for 30-60 minute stretches feeling as if time is standing still.  While she's reading news stories about autism and asking questions about mito disease, some of her friends are posting pictures to Instagram and sends texts about a favorite pop star or television show.  Fiona’s in a different place, worried about different things.  Her experiences are very different than those of her peers, but I’m positive those experience will take her farther in life with good purpose. 

I can see why Fiona wants to hang out elsewhere--on the very tough days, I sometimes want to run away too.  We don't always have the luxury of getting her to social events with classmates but recognize how important it is to get some sort of respite from being the big sister.  Just as I need some down time, so does she.  To say thanks and to give her some time away, Fiona will get to do something fun out in town on the weekend with just Daddy.  She'll get to stay up later to watch a medical documentary or a film about World War II. Other nights she and I will have chips and salsa while we look at her old baby pictures.  Those nights bring the most giggles as we look back in time.  That’s when life wasn’t as busy, when it wasn’t as stressful and her head was filled with playful dreams she couldn’t wait to fulfill. 

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Current Affairs

Autism: the Good, the Bad, and What Causes it Anyway?

My voiceBy Brooke Potthast and James Potthast

Some of you AofA readers may remember my essay Evidence of Things Hoped For, Things Not Seen, a few months ago about the biggest game changer we’ve had with autism, the RPM method of communication.  It’s been huge to finally know what our son is thinking and to be able to help him move toward the life he’s dreamed of, one involving a rich and age appropriate education.

One really interesting thing in all of this is to hear James’ thoughts on autism.  I am a mom who from the moment I read Boyd Haley’s testimony to congress about mercury toxicity and thimerosal was 100% on board.  James regressed three years before I got the “memo” but it ALL made perfect sense.  The incredibly depressing and damning comparison that the original Safemind parents made of the symptoms of autism and the symptoms of mercury poisoning explained it all.  James got mercury poisoned from my dental amalgams and from his introductory Hep B shot that contained what was to be the first of many doses of thimerosal.

I have spent the last 12 years ranting about the causes of autism.  And trust me James has heard most of the rants so one would assume he agrees with me.  He’s been to rallies on the National mall with us, he’s heard me practice my public comments for an IACC meeting, he has even heard Dan Olmstead talk about it at our dinner table! But he is not a total believer.  Today his home school teacher asked him to write a “Last Lecture”. I guess these are like Ted Talks, kind of a big message for the world. He said he wanted  his last lecture to be about “my life with autism”.

I am going to share his last lecture here but I want to point out a couple of things.

First of all you’ll see that he says “he changed when he was a child”.  He doesn’t remember much about his early childhood but I think the reference to “hugs and cereal” is from hearing us describe him before his regression.  We often say “he was so affectionate with his siblings, climbing into their laps to eat from their cereal bowls”. 

Another point he makes is that he must have been “vulnerable” for vaccines to have caused an issue.  Well I agree.  And guess where the main vulnerability came from?

IV antibiotics during labor and delivery with zero, nada, no mention by any medical person about taking probiotics for him or me to replace the incredibly vital gut flora that got killed with the antibiotics.  (See Teresa Conrick on the Microbiome).

So here are James’ thoughts today about autism.  I expect them to change as he matures and as he learns more about himself and the world.  I am incredibly grateful

for his courage and his positive attitude.  These children were injured by no fault of their own but somehow the ones who are getting the chance to communicate are showing not a lot of bitterness and a whole a lot of bravery.  I find it remarkable and inspiring.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Back To School Back to Slamming Vaccine Safety Choices

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 14, 2014, CBS 2 Cedar Rapids, IA: Johnson Co. Seeing Rise in Vaccine Exemption

Aug 13, 2014, Forbes: Anti-Vaxx And Ebola Superstition Endanger Public

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Anne Dachel

Sharyl Attkisson on the ABCs of Journalism

SharylBy Anne Dachel

Sharyl Attkisson is amazing.  The Emmy-winning investigative journalist who left CBS News after 20 years has been very outspoken about malfeasance in the media.  Attkisson  has appeared on several network news shows, including CNN and Fox.  She was on ABC's This Week on Aug 10, where, in a 46 second segment, she said some pretty incredible things that ABC should take to heart.

Attkisson speculated on how the Nixon controversy would have been handled in a world filled with today's television and social media obsessions.

SHARYL ATTKISSON: I think that we've gone backwards since that time when we really felt empowered as journalists. And I like to think as what would happen today during a Nixon type scandal, Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to congress, his aides would refuse to testify to congress or would take the fifth or would lie to congress with fair amount of impunity. Woodward and Bernstein will be controversialized on social media by special and political interests.

MARTHA RADDATZ: Well, this is all very depressing--

ATTKISSON: -- Facebook accounts. And then at the end, Nixon would go on a popular late night comedy show during which time he would humorously refer to his attackers as people that were political witch hunters who believe in Area 51 type conspiracies.

RADDATZ: Well, I am going to just hope that people like you will keep pounding investigative journalists and get something done.

Hello, ABC?  Were you guys listening?  As a network, ABC has overwhelmingly failed to do more than be a mouthpiece for those defending the vaccine makers.  They've also failed to honestly report on what autism is doing to our children. 

ABC has blamed bad genes...

2008 Genes and Autism

2009 Autism's Possible Genetic Link   "A major part of the answer is genetics."  Dr.Geraldine Dawson in interviewed.

2012 Autism Linked to Family Inherited Gene Mutations Particularly From Dad

Autism and Induced Labor

Older Dads and Autism

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: HPV Vaccine Death Report Fox Milwaukee

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Fox 6 Milwaukee WI: The HPV vaccine, causing deaths? Why getting compensation in these cases isn't easy

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

A Modern Code of Honor

Knights templarBy Kent Heckenlively

I was standing in the take-out line at the Rutherford Grill in California's beautiful Napa Valley when the writing on the back of a man's t-shirt caught my attention.

The t-shirt read, "Be without fear in the face of your enemies.  Stand brave and upright that God may love thee.  Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death.  Protect the helpless and do no wrong - that is your oath."

I tapped the man on the shoulder and asked where the quote had come from. 

"Oh, it's the vow of the Knights Templar," he replied.

Okay, Knights Templar, I thought.  Not really clear on them.  When I got home I did a little research.  The Knights Templar were founded in 1129 with the idea of protecting pilgrims on the way to the Holy Land.  They were attacked by King Phillip IV of France in 1307, and officially disbanded by Pope Clement in 1312, or roughly 702 years before I found myself standing in that restaurant.

Now I don't want to talk about whether the Knights Templar were a positive or negative force in history, but to pose a more elemental question.  Why is it that more than 700 years after they were disbanded we still quote their oath?

I think it's because in any age we recognize courage.  And it made me wonder who the people are in this age whose courage I admire.  It didn't take me long to come up with an answer.  In fact, I know a good many of them.  They are the ones writing books and making films to help our community and those helpless children who all too often cannot speak for themselves.

I must start with David Kirby and his wonderful book, Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy, released in 2005.

Next are Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill for their book, The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Man-Made Epidemic, and the work they do on a daily basis with this web-site.

I would be remiss if I didn't include Kim Stagliano's book, All I Can Handle - I'm No Mother Theresa [A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism].

In 2010 Dr. Andrew Wakefield published his book, Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines - The Truth Behind a Tragedy, which detailed the campaign of persecution against him and his work.

An excellent book in all ways was Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children, by Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland, released in 2012.

There was the wonderful movie in 2013, The Greater Good by Leslie Manookian and Kendall Nelson.

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Midweek Mashup: Drinking the Mercury

Midweek mashupBy Dan Olmsted

One of the unexpected plusses of Bobby Kennedy Jr.'s book on the dangers of thimerosal, the ethyl mercury vaccine preservative: It is being greeted by another round of excruciatingly erroneous authoritative-sounding pronouncements claiming that the tiny, tiny -- truly, truly, teeny and tiny -- amounts of mercury are OK if not actually good for you.

No. As I believe Will Redwood put it, injecting mercury in babies on purpose is stupid. Out of the mouths of babes and infants comes the truth. Out of the mouths of the Mercury Drinkers comes a  defense of injecting mercury in babies that is just plain astonishing:

"It doesn't matter what Bobby Kennedy, Jr. does -- the only thing is what the data show," Paul Offit said. "The question is, are the levels [of mercury] contained in vaccines shown to be harmful? And the answer is no. Thimerosal is ethyl mercury, not environmental mercury, and it's excreted from the body far more quickly ... Breast milk contains far higher [mercury] levels than you would ever get from vaccines."

The CDC is happy to chime with its usual insipid statement:  "Thimerosal has been used safely in vaccines for a long time (since the 1930s) and has a proven track record of being safe." It's safe because it's safe because we say so.

Actually, it is not safe and it has a proven record of causing autism, starting with its use in the 1930s in pesticides and vaccines, before which autism didn't exist, after which it started popping up with increasing frequency -- first in families with backgrounds in pesticides and vaccination. Tell me why, if it's got nothing to do with autism, the father of the second child ever diagnosed with autism was experimenting with the ethyl mercury dust Ceresan at the same time his child was born? (While the pediatrician mother of Case 7 was promoting infant vaccinations with ethyl mercury?) It was poison in 1937, it's poison now. It was poison in pesticides (and long ago removed), it's poison in vaccines -- but still injected into tens of milliions of babies a year. ("Ethyl Mercury" is visible below Wheat in black type.)

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This doesn't dissuade those who think we're all lotus-eating idiots. Journalists are drinking the mercury right along with the best and brightest vaccine zealots. "Most fundamentally, Kennedy does not get chemistry," wrote Jeffrey Kluger in Time. Prepare to eye-roll: "Thimerosal is an ethylmercury product. Mercury in general may be a neurotoxin, but it’s in its methylmercury form that it does its damage—and only in particular concentrations. The quantity of ethylmercury that was once in vaccines was so small that it was actually within acceptable limits for the more toxic, methyl form—but it wasn’t even in that methyl form to begin with." Yes, this makes absolutely no sense. What wasn't in what?

"Sticking up for thimerosal -- Read the studies -- it's safe," was the headline on a Slate piece by Arthur Allen in 2005 when Kennedy spoke out the first time. 

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Current Affairs, Vaccine Safety

Carlsbad HS Students Caught in Vaccine Controversy

Movie filmNote: This project was funded by Rotary. "In 2008, Rotary received a $100 million challenge grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary committed to raising $100 million. In January 2009, Bill Gates announced a second challenge grant of $255 million. Rotary again committed to raising another $100 million. In total, Rotary will raise $200 million by June 30, 2012." Could explain a few things.....

Carlsbad HS Students Caught in Vaccine Controversy

People called the project “pro-vaccine” and “propaganda.” At one point the teacher and director of the film proposed that production stop




More than a dozen current and former Carlsbad High School students have found themselves in the middle of the long-running vaccination debate after they produced the film Invisible Threat.

The film debuted online August 1, more than a year after it was completed.

Students tell NBC 7 that’s largely due to the backlash they’ve faced, even during the production stage.

Brad Streicher worked on the film his junior year. The current USC student and NBC 7 intern said the idea came from the San Diego Rotary Club.

People there were impressed by two previous films they’d worked on and wanted the high school broadcast journalism class to do one on the immune system and immunizations.

“We ended up telling Rotary we'll do the film but only on our terms, which means we were going to approach the film from a journalistic standpoint,” said Streicher. “We wanted to make sure whatever story we were telling, it would be unbiased and we would attack it from both sides of the argument.”

The Rotary gave the students $60,000 for the project with that understanding, according to Streicher.

Months into the film’s production, students say they started to received e-mails and online comments harshly criticizing their work.

People called the project “pro-vaccine” and “propaganda.” At one point the teacher and director of the film, Douglas Green, proposed the students stop the project. The students refuse.

“No matter what kind of obstacles we were going to go through, we were going to tell the story that we were assigned to tell,” Streicher told NBC 7.

 NBC 7 reached out to one of the people in San Diego with concerns about the film. Vaccine safety advocate Rebecca Estepp said she supports the students and their hard work, but is concerned about who may be influencing the project.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Slamming Celebs

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 11, 2014, Washington Post: Rosie O'Donnell, Jenny McCarthy and the dangers of vaccine deniers and 9/11 truthers

Aug 10, 2014, Philly.com: Unscrambling autism laws

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Current Affairs

UPDATE: Vaccine Safety and Aluminium – a Challenge to Cochrane

Challenge_logo_high_resThank you to Elizabeth Hart for the excerpt from her site "Over-Vaccination: Challenging Big Pharma's lucrative over-vaccination of people and animals. We invite you to bookmark the site.

Re my previous post about my letter to  Professor Peter Gøtzsche, challenging a systematic review prepared by members of the Cochrane Vaccines Field, i.e. Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence.

Professor Gøtzsche has responded to my letter, encouraging me to “submit a criticism” on this important matter.

I have forwarded a follow-up letter in this regard, which includes reference to my previous correspondence with Dr Tom Jefferson, and also draws parallels between human and animal vaccination, please see below:

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17 July 2014

Professor Gøtzsche

RE:  Vaccine safety and aluminium adjuvants

Thank you for your response[1] to my letter dated 8 July 2014 which challenges a systematic review prepared by the Cochrane Vaccines Field i.e. Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence.[2]

In your response you encourage me to “submit a criticism” on this important matter to The Cochrane Collaboration. 

As noted in my previous letter, the systematic review in question was prepared by members of the Cochrane Vaccines Field, i.e. Tom Jefferson, Melanie Rudin and Carlo Di Pietrantonj, and was published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases in 2004 (behind the paywall).  The review is listed in the bibliography on the Cochrane Vaccines Field website, but is not accessible online on The Cochrane Collaboration website, so I am unable to make an online comment.

Professor Gøtzsche, as you have encouraged me to make a submission, can you please clarify how I should do this?

For your information, I originally contacted Dr Jefferson directly about this matter in March 2013.  (I had previously contacted Dr Jefferson on other vaccine-related matters.  He is also formally copied on my submissions re controversial ‘gain-of-function’ research[3] in the influenza industry, see my letter to the NSABB Jan 2012 and my submission to the US CDC/HHS Dec 2012.)

Please see below the contents of my email forwarded to Dr Jefferson on 24 March 2013 in regards to his systematic review of adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines.  (Given my previous correspondence with Dr Jefferson, the tone is informal.  I have added some references in the endnotes):

Tom

I’m reading your review: “Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence”  (The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Vol. 4 2004.)

The summary of your review concludes: “Despite a lack of good-quality evidence we do not recommend that any further research on this topic is undertaken.”   (My emphasis.)

Your review notes:  “The results of our review should be interpreted within the limited quantity and quality of available evidence.  Within these limits, we found no evidence that aluminium salts cause any serious or long-lasting adverse events…”

So, you admit the quantity and quality of the evidence in your review was limited, but you still say that “we do not recommend that any further research on this topic is undertaken“.

Why would you say that?

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Current Affairs

Autism Treatment Community Supports Congressman Bill Posey

Thank you to Autism Action Network for continuing to educate the community.  We know money is as tight as Grandad's pants after Thanksgiving dinner. A $5 donation, if possible, would make a difference. We have strength in numbers.  The community is banding together behind Congressman Posey, putting the children (many of whom are now young and/or full fledged adults) FIRST. Thank you.

Please help Congressman Bill Posey continue to help us.


 
Many of you will spend $50 for a bottle of supplements without batting an eye. It is long past time for the autism community to support the elected officials who support us at great political risk to themselves.  Representative Bill Posey is a firm and courageous friend of the autism community.

Please help him continue to help us.

From our friends at Generation Rescue:

Many of us know that Congressman Bill Posey has been an outspoken supporter in Washington for our children with autism. Because we desperately need people with integrity and honestly like Bill Posey in Congress. There will be two pieces to the event.
    
The online donation goal from the community is $15,000. We are hoping that everyone who can afford to will consider giving at least $25 to help raise this amount through social media and email lists to all our fellow autism parents, grandparents and supporters. Please send this link far and wide:

https://secure.donationreport.com/donate.html?key=F6U0PAVWIA85  

The second piece is a reception honoring Congressman Posey. The event is being held on August 13th in Melbourne, FL at The Palm Cafe located in The Kiwi Tennis Club. A host reception will start at 5:30pm and the general reception begins 7:30pm. The host committee is being formed and is a minimum $1,000 individual donation. Individual contribution is $150 for attendance.

So far the following individuals have joined the host committee for this event:

Jennifer Larson of the Canary Party and Health Choice
Sallie Bernard of Safeminds and Autism Speaks
JB Handley of Generation Rescue
Tony Lyons of Shy Horse Publishing
Barry Segal of Focus Autism
Mark Blaxill of the Canary Party and Health Choice
Dr. Gary Kompothecras
Teri Costigan

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: HPV Vaccine And Sudden Death in 12 Year Old

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 10, 2014, New York Daily News: Wisconsin mom: 'Did HPV vaccine kill my 12-year-old daughter?'

Aug 9, 2014, Kennewick (WA) Tri-City Herald: Growing number of autistic students causing concerns at Mid-Columbia schools

Aug 8, 2014, Danbury (CT) News Times: For autistic adults, a long waiting list for state help

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Teresa Conrick

Are Vaccines Changing the Microbiome of Mankind?

MicrobiomeNote: Teresa Conrick has written a series of articles on the Microbiome.  You can read them here in our AofA Exclusives.

By Teresa Conrick

Vaccines.  The idea of them seems so good.  Inject a recipe of chemicals into human beings and animals, and they are then protected from microbial-causing diseases. The reality though for many families is something went wrong, either immediately after vaccination - seizures, death, or from that point forward, profound changes in health and development - REGRESSION.

My daughter, Megan, had subtle, regressive episodes after each vaccination but devastatingly so after her MMR vaccine. Immediately, Megan began with a fever for days, then a full body rash starting on the 10th day, diarrhea, constipation, then undigested food in her stool, then Giardia and Blastocystis Hominis infections, gluten and casein intolerance developed, nonstop ear infections (otitis media), concurrent Candida infections, Clostridium infections, Streptococcus infections, seizures when puberty hit and most recently, an autoimmune diagnosis. An autism diagnosis was placed on her before age three, based on the behaviors -- that in hindsight -- most likely manifested from all of these infections and a dysfunctional immune system. This has been the pattern and research is pointing to the microbiome as quite possibly, the epicenter of autism: NEJM, January 28, 2014, “More Evidence Links Gut Microbiome to Autism:”

If this mouse model of autism truly reflects pathology similar to autism in humans, these researchers might have identified yet another major human illness that is linked to the gut microbiome. Moreover, the identification of two specific metabolites that induce autistic behavior could provide molecular targets for therapy. Finally — although it seems too good to be true — the suggestion that probiotic therapy might cure autism surely would be a remarkable event if it proves to be valid.

I continue to investigate research on the microbiome as there are patterns that seem connected to autism and other increasing diseases that share a dysfunctional microbiome.  While investigating the microbiome, it’s important to look back into history and see that the birth of autism in the 1930’s, happened exactly when ethyl mercury vaccines and ethyl mercury pesticides/fungicides were debuting. The family history of eight found families of those first eleven reveals a toxic connection, especially mercury, and significantly the newly commercialized, ethyl mercury. Those factors  remain the most important clues for us today.

Reading about the microbiome has shown some connections that may be influencing it in a negative manner. Antibiotics used in our food supply; mercury in the environment, food and medicines; pesticides; and vaccination, all seem capable of causing insidious changes in the microbiome. Research Is showing some vaccines seem capable of causing an unintended development. I wrote about some of this before but think it’s important to include old information with new to make it more evident.

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Sponsor News

The Whole Tooth....

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By Eric Uram

In my 50 plus years on this planet, I’ve been to the dentist about 100 times. Routine stuff mostly; I’ve never had the same degree of problems our first president did (George Washington had notoriously bad teeth). All the pearly whites you see in my mouth are mine. Those dental visits—along with good oral hygiene, a decent diet, and good genetics—have kept me from the need for false teeth.

Yet I still have mixed feelings about the several times I spent with a drill whining in my ear as the dentist prepared a tooth for restoration to fix the damage caused by decay that had attacked the surface and was destroying the tooth. Without such a fix that decay could have damaged the root and caused even bigger problems—like having no teeth.

But during my childhood, and for over a century, the preference has been for using “silver” fillings to replace areas in a damaged tooth. Silver amalgams have been used in dentistry since before the Civil War. And this shiny metal material the dentist inserts into the area the drill removed is problematic, to say the least.

I didn’t find out until ten years after I had my first cavity filled that “silver” material is actually comprised of about 50% mercury.

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Cathy Jameson

See It to Believe It: When The Heart Accepts What the Head Knows

Heart cloud

By Cathy Jameson

This post is dedicated to “Us Four”.  Always in my thoughts, forever in my heart.

Jennifer and I met in a small town in Texas and went to high school together.  A class behind me, she was a talented artist, competitive runner and one of my best friends.  She is frequently in my thoughts and came to mind on again on August 7th.  That was her birthday.  She would have been 42. 

I left Texas soon after graduating and attended college on the east coast.  Having made many fun memories as goofy teenagers, Jennifer and I weren’t going to let a little bit of distance end our friendship.  In the early 1990s, we kept in touch through letters and phone calls.  When I could, I would return to Texas to visit.  I always enjoyed meeting up with Jennifer and another best friend of ours who was still in town.  On those trips, for the week or so that we were back together, life was good.  But, when I went back to college, I would get a nagging feeling. 

That nagging feeling would oftentimes be correct.  Jennifer revealed in letters that she’d slipped back into depression.  She’d experienced bouts of heavy depression that would cripple her.  Some bouts lasted a few days; others took weeks to overcome.  In her letters Jennifer promised me that I shouldn’t worry.  Of course I did—Jennifer had struggled with depression almost as long as I’d known her which included much of high school.  I made sure to follow up with a phone call after receiving one of Jennifer’s depressing letters.  Thankfully, she’d have bounced back by the time I’d called to check on her. 

Over the next year or so, as fewer letters were written and shorter phone calls were made, distance had finally wedged itself in.  I was busy with school projects, worked part-time and was involved in a new social scene.  Life was in full swing for me.  Sadly, it was plummeting in reverse for Jennifer.  Unaware of what she was going through, a friend sent news that Jennifer had passed away.  The news of her death came after the funeral.  It was too late for me to help. 

Jennifer’s death, one that was self-inflicted, haunted me for many years.  I don’t know if it was shock, or that I refused to believe that she was gone, or if it was because I didn’t have closure to say good bye, but I had a hard time believing that her life was over.  As hard as it was to accept that she was gone, part of me was not surprised though. 

Jennifer’s depression was well known in our small circle of friends.  She’d made other suicide attempts in high school, but they’d failed.  As grown up as I thought I was at 16-years old, nothing prepared me to live through terrifying moments of finding a note telling us that life was not worth living.  Three of us stayed close to Jennifer ready to catch her when she fell.  We didn’t like to think about or talk about what Jennifer was going through, but I knew we should just in case more dark thoughts entered her mind.  Thinking to myself, will she or won’t kill herself today became part of life. 

Every one of my Jennifer’s suicide attempt rattled me to my core, but I always tried to remain strong on the outside even though I trembled like a small child on the inside.  In reflecting on Jennifer’s death and why it took me so long to come to terms with it reminded me of other events in my life.  Like how it took me so long to believe that my own child’s vaccine injury was real.  That may not sound like it could be compared to suicide, but just like how I tried to understand why Jennifer’s depression racked her mentally, emotionally and physically, it took a great amount effort for me to understand, and accept, just how real and crippling vaccine injury could also be. 

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Weekly Wrap: Announcing a New Series -- How Autism Happens

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

I'm sure you've had it with the "correlation is not causation" crowd when it comes to the indisputable cause-and-effect relationship between vaccination and autism in so many cases. Certainly, not every child who develops autism starts down that road immediately after vaccination, but many do, way too many for this correlation (actually, association) to be coincidence, and that's important to all of us because those cases reveal the true nature of the disorder. (Environmental, man-made, and in many, many cases, vaccine-induced.)

They also reveal the true nature of critics, who love to talk about cranks, quacks and greedy lawsuit grubbers, but can't cope with the idea of immediate regression after vaccination in children of parents who did nothing but follow the CDC vaccination schedule (to a fault, tragically). I came across this obnoxious comment from Dorit Reiss on one of the many threads she winds herself around like poison ivy:

"Unfortunately, a mother's belief - however sincere - is not a good substitute to evidence. I am sorry your daughter struggles. But with millions of doses of vaccines administered, some health problems will happen right after the vaccine just by coincidence. It's natural for a parent to believe there's a connection if there's a temporal association; and normally, I would not try to contradict such belief. But when a parent is using the story to try and deter other from protecting their children against an infection that can cause cancer, the fact that scientific studies show no connection to harms is very, very important.

"Parents should make their decision if to protect children based on the evidence, not on the belief of distressed parents."

Oh, please. As Bobby Kennedy Jr. wrote in 2007 about our own contributing editor, Katie Wright: "I have now heard or seen this grim chronology recounted hundreds of times in conversations, e-mails and letters from mothers: At 2-1/2 years old, Christian Wright exceeded all milestones. He had 1,000 words, was toilet-trained, and enjoyed excellent social relations with his brother and others. Then his pediatrician gave him Thimerosal-laced vaccines. He cried all night, developed a fever and, over the coming months, this smart, healthy child disappeared. Christian lost the ability to speak, to interact with family members, to make eye contact or to point a finger. He is no longer toilet trained. He engaged in stereotypical behavior--screaming, head-banging, biting and uncontrolled aggression, and suffers continuously the agonizing pain of gastrointestinal inflammation.

"After hearing that story a couple dozen times, a rational person might do some more investigation."

Rational people, of course, are not in charge of the mainstream response to vaccine injury.

So here's the deal -- I'd like to interview parents and other first-hand observers (teachers, nurses, sisters, brothers, you name it) for stories about vaccine injury and autistic regression. All I ask is that you submit to my journalistic questions with no preconditions, and allow the use of your real full name and location. I hope to use objective truth-telling to bring as much attention to these important accounts as we possibly can. Because AOA is indexed on Google News, these accounts go out into the "ether," as I like to call it to technically impress people, and are available forever, everywhere. Facebook accounts, e-mail chains and even most blogs, however worthy, do not.

Leave a comment and contact info below or e-mail me at olmsted.dan@gmail.com.

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Dan Olmsted (olmsted.dan@gmail.com) is Editor of Age of Autism.

 

 

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Thinking Moms on The Autism War

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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 8, 2014, Union of Concerned Scientists: New Vaccine Misinformation Book Gets the Science Wrong - The Equation

Aug 7, 2014, Discover Magazine: Why Vaccine and GMO Denial Should be Treated Equally

Aug 6, 2014, Thinking Moms' Revolution: The Autism War: Fiction or True Crime?

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Cathy Jameson

Best of: Summer and Autism Lockdown

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We ran this post during the summer of 2010.

By Cathy Jameson

Summer has officially begun now that all of my children are on school vacation.  If this summer came with a wish,  I'd wish for lazy days and lots of them.  I am not a morning person so having an alarm-clock free start to my day is going to be great.  My oldest already appreciates the end of her homeschooling lessons and has her sights set on hanging out with friends at the pool.  My younger children are excited to have extra LEGO building time as well as more frequent trips to the park.  Because I've got chalk dust in my veins, I'll still provide educational opportunities for my kids and have plans for some fun circle time games and books sometime between a late breakfast and a picnic lunch.  We've all had a really busy year so I happily welcome a break from the intensity of the regular school year.  

Keeping my typical kids active during the summer is not usually a major challenge. I pick a few summer camps, short day trips and plan lots of play dates to keep them busy.   I try to balance their needs with Ronan's time consuming appointments that take no time off despite the summer season. His therapy sessions and medical appointments happen year-round so it's not unusual to find all us squished into waiting rooms or driving the long drive to his far away but necessary specialists.  

My kids are used to scheduling fun their fun after Ronan's must-get-to appointments.  Finding down time for them is essential for their well-being and for my sanity. I am sensitive to how Ronan's sibs manage and express themselves as their brother fills up many of my thoughts and much of my time.  I'm grateful that my typical kids don't complain about this or see him as interruption to their activities. They accept that most of his behaviors are just who Ronan is and readily open their minds to adapt to his needs and sometimes erratic behavior.  I wish I had that level of acceptance because I'm sure it would decrease my stress level greatly.

With what I hope is a more carefree routine ahead of us for the next two months I wonder if I can reduce some of the worry I carry all year long.  I'll be honest, Ronan and his special needs fill up most of every stress I have.  Vacation from school and time off from our very full schedule should lead to a more relaxed attitude but I don't know if I can actually fully relax.  If I could, maybe that would free up some of the over thinking I do about Ronan.  Imagine what I could do for myself with extra time! Maybe I can catch up on some projects I've put off.  Maybe I can get more writing done.  Maybe I have longer than the five minutes of clothes shopping I allow myself to do at the $4 sale racks at those Super Box stores. Maybe I will do nothing extra or unusual during summer vacation because Ronan's issues also no break in our regular routine--keeping him safe and healthy is a 24/7 job; it doesn't matter if it's summertime or not.  

Ronan has gotten himself into a few scary situations even though I am hyper-vigilant about his safety.  Despite the very secure locks and safety precautions I have in place Ronan is a very smart and abled child who is able to manipulate our locks.  I'm not sure why Ronan prefers to be on the other side of the front door, but he does.  He has learned to ignore the door chime alarms.  He has made up his mind that sitting in Daddy's car in the driveway is much more fun than playing with every toy he owns in his bedroom. Ronan's safety is a constant worry of mine.  That constant worry leaves no extra down time and no time to really relax during any season of the year.  Keeping my guard up at all times is my only assurance that Ronan is exactly where he's supposed to be.

Is it progress that Ronan has figured out gizmos and gadgets? Is it a higher level of thinking that will allow him to be later mainstreamed with his typical peers?  Is it  a step forward to know that hide and seek is a new game of Ronan's even though the seeker (me) is ready to call 9-1-1 to ask for assistance to find a child who doesn't understand he's headed to grave danger?  Or, is it a sense of adventure that typical little boys crave and act on?  That would be neat if it was just typical behavior because I do know there is some typical in Ronan--I see it, I hear it and I sense it on his really good days that don't include my constant monitoring and worrying.  

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Dachel Media Update: Bob Wright Measles Wrong

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

August 7, 2014, Bloomberg News: Bob Wright talks about autism politics and science

August 7, 2014, CNN: Measles outbreak: Blame anti-vaccine movement (Opinion)

August 6, 2014, Alternet.org: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: An Invitation to Open Debate On Thimerosal

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Current Affairs, Sponsor News, Treatment, Treatment

Meet Top Autism Treatment Docs At the Autism Education Summit In Dallas

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We're blessed in the autism biomedical community to have a range of choices in conferences. Old friends gather in the Windy City each Spring, on the sunny West Coast of Florida each November and now, in Dallas, Texas beginning this October with the inaugural Autism Education Summit.  You'll see plenty of familiar faces and meet new friends and providers dedicated to helping every person on the spectrum achieve the best health and functioning.

Here's the schedule.  Here is the current list of speakers including AofA's Mark Blaxill (stay tuned for more.)

Register with a friend or partner to save. (See registration rates below) Better yet - take advantage of the special group rate savings for TEN attendees who register together. This rate is for any group of ten and includes special bonus recognition at the conference. What a great way to acknowledge a local organization, school program, town support group or even a local treatment center in your area! Email info@autismeducationsummit for more info about creating your own group.

Join the Age of Autism team at The beautiful Fairmount hotel in the heart of downtown Dallas - meet old friends, make new friends - share your experience and take home medical expertise for your loved one on the spectrum.

Registration includes:

Access To All Summit Lectures

Complimentary Coffee and Tea Throughout the Event

Gift Bag with Products, Conference Program Guide and Vendor Coupons

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Anne Dachel

Massachusetts Bill To Add Supports For Autism

WolfNote: We're so complacent in America. We  re-active, not pro-active. We hide our heads in the sand until the wolf is through the door and lying in our beds. We kick out the wolf and then wonder where all that fur came from on the floor. I remembe when gasoline skyrocketed a few years ago; the SUVs looked garishly unpatriotic on 95, Pruises were everywhere. Gas prices stabilized and the suburban Mommies who needed a pillow to see over the steering wheel were back in the H2s, motoring to Pilates. It's the same with autism. We're barely starting to support families who area in crisis mode pretty much from diagnosis day - and this Mass bill is pretty good. But as Anne cries out daily, "WHERE IS THE REAL CONCERN OVER THE EVER GROWING TIDE OF AUTISM?" It's enough to make me want to howl. KS

By Anne Dachel

It seems that when we talk about autism it's never a crisis on the federal level.  THERE, it's just a mysterious disorder that many officials think has been unrecognized until recent decades.  The feds aren't upset that there's no known cause or cure for something affecting almost two percent of U.S. children.  This piece gives us that chilling reality about autism on the state level.  The rates for autism as said here to have skyrocketed and that these kids need services.  Currently Medicaid doesn't cover help for these children.  A representative from MA ARC calls autism "a public health crisis," something we would never hear from a CDC official.  No word on whether the governor of Massachusetts will sign the bill.  Maybe Patrick is thinking about the cost increases rather than the needs of disabled children.  If he doesn't sign, he's postponing the inevitable.  Regardless, theses children aren't going away and they're going to cost and cost and cost the state for the rest of their lives.

Aug 4, 2014 WBUR Boston, Governor Reviewing Mass. Bill That Would Expand Autism Supports

Many parents of children on the autism spectrum are celebrating passage of a bill that is among dozens already on Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk.

The bill would create a tax-free savings account for autism and disability care; would require Medicaid coverage for autism behavioral treatment; and would give thousands of residents with autism access to state disability services. Currently only those whose IQ is under 70 qualify.

Barbara L’Italien, with the advocacy group ARC of Massachusetts, has seen autism rates skyrocket since her son was diagnosed in 1990.

“It is a public health crisis,” she says. “It is something we need to wrap our arms around and be proactive about, and I think this legislation really attempts to do that.”

The costs of expanding Medicaid and disability services is not clear.

A spokeswoman says Patrick is reviewing the bill.

Comment:

Why is autism called "a public health crisis," yet there's no assurances from the governor that he'll sign this bill?  One in every 68 U.S. children now has an autism diagnosis.  That's one in every 42 among boys alone. 

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Current Affairs

Sharyl Attkisson: Et tu, Washington Post? The Copycat Syndrome.

SharylWe invite you to bookmark Sharyl Attkisson's website for a serious look at the state of journalism today. The following excerpt is especially relevant to our readers. As always, thank you to Ms. Attkisson for her diligence.

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Today, there are plenty of outstanding journalists at the networks, national newspapers and Web sites, and other traditional outlets. But there are lots of problems, too. One disturbing trend lies in some reporters’ tendency to parrot rumors and copycat what others say or blog, rather than doing the job we’re supposed to do: original research.

It’s tempting.

There’s so much information out there on the Web, quasi-news sites, opinion blogs, Twitter and Facebook. News deadlines are short and it’s quick and easy to repeat what’s already been said or heard, and abandon the traditional job of seeking firsthand confirmation or original truth, when one exists. But there are other reasons reporters repeat what they read or hear from others, unchecked: they personally agree with the viewpoints. In other words, they may seek out opinions that fit their preconceived narrative or personal beliefs, and then use that to bolster their own thesis in their own reporting.

Unfortunately, this tendency plays into the hands of paid forces, propagandists, special interests and others who wish to manipulate public opinion. All they need do is create a bit of “buzz” about, or manufacture a controversy on, a given topic and it’s sure to be picked up and repeated by dutiful surrogates and, eventually, bleed over into their unwitting partners in the news media.

More discussion of these tactics coming up in my book, “Stonewalled”

Reporters should be better than that. We should be able to scratch beyond the superficial, and recognize and reject propaganda.

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Kim Stagliano

Where Is Your Child with Autism Going to Live as An Adult?

Future shockBy Kim Stagliano

Where Is Your Child with Autism Going to Live as An Adult? Thought about it yet? I sure do. Oh, I joke in my usual fashion, when speaking to groups, "Ha ha! We ARE a group home!" (My three girls have autism, in case you're new here. Oh, and welcome.)   My oldest is 19. My youngest is 13. These questions are not far off for us - where will my girls live as adults. With their Dad and me?  I've said that we'll have a big house with a special ed wing and an elderly wing and the caregivers can toss a coin to see whom they care for first.  Aren't I funny?   I don't think so either.  What if they don't want to live with us forever?  What if three grown women want independence in their fashion? They deserve that. 

Our sponsor VOR (Vee-Oh-Are) is working to protect YOUR right to decide what is the best living option for your adult child with autism.  For some, it might be a group home or even a larger style living situation that could be referred to an an "institution." For others, it might be a community of similar people where routine and sameness matter. Where ever, however - it should be yours to decide.

I ask you to please formally join VOR so that as your child ages, you can keep abreast of the government's misguided policies so that you aren't shocked to death when the time comes.  Because as you know, we are not allowed to die.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Mass Hope to Expand Autism Supports

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 4, 2014, NPR Boston: Governor Reviewing Mass. Bill That Would Expand Autism Supports

July 30, 2014, WRAL, Raleigh, NC: Autism bill unlikely to pass this summer

July 28, 2014, American Council on Science and Health (ACSH): Robert F. Kennedy Jr. promotes a dangerous and unscientific position on thimerosal

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Current Affairs

I Have Decided To Vaccinate My Child Because…

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By Laura Hayes

It’s that time of year again… parents are scrambling to make doctor appointments for their children so they can comply with daycare, preschool, elementary school, junior high, high school, and yes, now even college, vaccine requirements.

Time to stop and ask yourself, if you are one of these parents, why you are choosing to comply with these vaccine mandates.

Read through these possible reasons one by one, and check all that apply:

1. Because I want to believe that vaccines were responsible for eradicating the infectious diseases against which we vaccinate, even though data going back more than 150 years definitively show that vaccines were not responsible for the major drop in mortality from infectious diseases, or for the complete disappearance of horrible diseases for which there never was a vaccine (so how did those diseases go away, I’m wondering?), or for the increase in life expectancy. In actuality, mortality rates often increased after the initiation of mass vaccination programs. I want to believe it was the vaccines that were responsible, so I can have a false sense of security that my child will be protected from infectious diseases (at least the ones I’ve been taught to fear, i.e. the ones for which there is now a vaccine).

2. Because I want to believe that my doctor would not tell me vaccines are safe and effective if they weren’t. I want to believe that my doctor is a vaccine expert. I don’t want to know that my doctor received about two hours of vaccine information during four years of medical school, and that two hours was spent teaching how and where to inject up to 11 vaccines contained in seven syringes into a tiny infant, all at the same time (tricky to do, as there are only so many limbs on a human). I don’t want to know that my doctor receives his vaccine safety and efficacy information from the pharmaceutical reps (and oh, those reps are so good-looking!) who love to take him out to lunch and give him nice gifts, and whose companies rake in billions of dollars from vaccine sales each and every year. I must admit I was shocked when my pediatrician told me he knew that vaccines were safe because the pharmaceutical reps told him they were.

3. Because I want to believe that definitive studies have been done showing that vaccines are safe. I don’t want to learn that vaccine “safety studies” are done by the makers of the vaccines, i.e. the ones who profit to the tune of billions of dollars from vaccine sales. I don’t want to learn that vaccines are not tested against placebos, but rather are tested against other vaccines, or combinations of vaccines, or adjuvants, which cause reactions in and of themselves. If I thought about this too hard, I would see that saying one vaccine is no more dangerous than another, or than a combination of vaccines, or than a dangerous adjuvant, doesn’t mean it’s safe at all. That would be like saying heroin is safe because it’s no more dangerous than crack. Seriously, who has been allowing such studies? (Hint: the FDA, CDC, and HHS, for starters.)

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Current Affairs

The Age of "Ebolio?"

Polio triumph All news outlets are abuzz with the news of the Ebola virus. Fall is flu shot season, back to school vaccine time, a pharma scheduled opportunity to put disease talk at every American dinner table.  Below is the seven part series Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill wrote on Polio - which continues to evoke panic and a larger than life (or death) response among many.  As Dan wrote in his "perch" on AofA, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking? CDC/NIH leave smallpox vials laying around, expose workers to anthrax, freak out about the flu in China, then import Ebola via Americans who tragically came down with it. Something wrong with this picture. -0-..."

Managing Editor's Note: Below is the 7 part series in full for you to share, FB, Tweet. Thank you.)

By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

1. The Wrong Narrative.

Polio is the iconic epidemic, its conquest one of medicine’s heroic dramas. The narrative is by now familiar: Random, inexplicable outbreaks paralyzed and killed thousands of infants and children and struck raw terror into 20th century parents, triggering a worldwide race to identify the virus and develop a vaccine. Success ushered in the triumphant era of mass vaccination. Now polio’s last hideouts amid the poorest of the poor in Asia and Africa are under relentless siege by, among others, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Eradication is just a matter of time, and many more illnesses will soon meet the same fate.

But based on our research over the past two years, we believe this narrative is wrong – and wrong for reasons that go beyond mere historical interest. The misunderstanding of polio has warped the public health response to modern illnesses in ways that actually make them harder to prevent, control, and treat.

The reality, we believe, is that the virus itself was just half the epidemic equation -- necessary but not sufficient to create The Age of Polio. Outbreaks were not caused solely by poliovirus – the microbe was an ancient and heretofore harmless intestinal bug -- but by its interaction with a new toxin, most often innovative pesticides used to treat fruits and vegetables.

This alternative narrative makes better sense of the natural history of polio, and it resolves a number of anomalies that remain to this day. It suggests why poliomyelitis outbreaks emerged, evolved, and exploded the way they did; it probably solves, for the first time, the enduring riddle of why Franklin D. Roosevelt was afflicted 90 years ago this summer on Campobello Island; and it may mean today’s billion-dollar-a-year eradication effort is misguided, if not downright quixotic.

These are large claims. Let us explain.

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Polio was a strange illness, never fully understood even by those who devoted their lives to studying and subduing it. It was a summer plague, coming on in late spring and all but vanishing in the fall. Many thought contagion had something to do with water, and Americans kept their children away from swimming pools in droves.

There is a profound distinction between poliovirus – an enterovirus, one that enters through the mouth and takes up residence in the GI tract and bloodstream – and poliomyelitis, the paralytic form of the illness. In the vast majority of cases, the virus causes either a minor illness or an inapparent infection.

But in 1 or 2 in 100 cases, the virus somehow gets past multiple defenses and into the nervous system, where it finds its way to the anterior horn cells at the top front of the spinal column. There, it preferentially attacks the gray-colored motor neurons (polio means gray in Greek) and causes inflammation of the protective myelin sheath (myelitis). This interferes with nerve signals to the muscles and can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis of the limbs and the respiratory system. A small number of people who contract poliomyelitis -- on the order of 1 percent -- die.

The first recorded U.S. outbreak was in 1841 in West Feliciana, Louisiana (10 cases, no deaths). There was a half-century gap until the next cluster, in 1893 in Boston (26 cases, no deaths). Then, in 1894, came what is widely regarded as the first major epidemic, in Rutland and Proctor, Vermont (132 cases, 18 deaths). Thirty more outbreaks – from such seemingly disparate locations as Oceana County, Michigan, and California’s Napa Valley -- were reported in the United States through 1909. The worst by far was New York in 1907, with 2,500 cases and a five percent mortality rate, a harbinger of the 1916 epidemic in the Northeast that killed 2,000 in New York City alone.[i]

What is most remarkable about this list is that so few outbreaks of paralytic polio were recorded anywhere in the world before the latter 19th century. Poliomyelitis is considered an ancient scourge, but the evidence supporting that belief is quite threadbare. An oft-cited Egyptian drawing depicts a priest with a withered leg that could have stemmed from paralytic polio, but for most of recorded history there were few observations of the sudden-onset fever and paralysis in infants that characterizes the disease. The earliest well-documented case of infantile paralysis in an individual is widely considered to be Sir Walter Scott, afflicted as an infant in 1773.[ii]

There is little question that the poliovirus was endemic in humans for millennia; there may even have been isolated cases of poliomyelitis for much of that period. Yet the poliovirus did not trigger widespread outbreaks of poliomyelitis. Setting aside for now the 1841 Louisiana outbreak, reported retrospectively, something seems to have happened around 1890 to launch The Age of Polio in the United States. And something else must have changed around the end of World War II to create the large modern epidemics seared into the minds of older Americans, thousands of whom are poliomyelitis survivors and almost all of whom know someone who was afflicted.

While we have not written about polio, we have seen this pattern before. In our book, The Age of Autism – Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-made Epidemic, we argued that something happened in the 1930s to launch The Age of Autism.[iii] We proposed it was the commercialization of ethyl mercury compounds for use in pesticides – seed disinfectants and lumber preservatives – and in vaccinations; we offered evidence of those inventions in the family backgrounds of the first autism cases identified in the medical literature, in 1943. Similarly, we proposed that the sharp rise in autism cases beginning around 1990 tracks with the federal government recommending several more mercury-containing shots.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Gupta. Ebola

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

Aug 4, 2014 The Daily Beast: Sanjay Gupta, on the Ebola Front Lines

Gupta has faced criticism, most notably over his backing of Gardasil, a vaccine for HPV. Critics questioned his backing of the drug, as it was made by Merck, then a sponsor of a show he presented called Accent Health. 

"One part of the criticism was people saying vaccines caused autism," Gupta says. "I looked at the scientific evidence as anyone should and concluded they didn't. Would I get my children vaccinated? I did."

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People as Pendulums: Deinstitutionalization and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Home Safe Home Logo_mediumWe are reprinting this article by Tamie Hopp with permission. To view the original, please visit NPQ, The Non-profit Quarterly.  If you have a child with autism or another disability, we suggest you join VOR (Vee-Oh-Are) an AofA sponsor and one of the only advocacy groups fighting for INDIVIDUALIZED housing and adult care.  There are self-advocates and others who know nothing about the needs of our loved ones with autism who are seeking to deny choice. Learn more at the VOR site.

By Tamie Hopp

VOR Director of Government Relations & Advocacy

In 1965, then-Senator Robert Kennedy toured the Willowbrook institution in New York State and offered this grim description of the individuals residing in the overcrowded facility: "[They are] living in filth and dirt, their clothing in rags, in rooms less comfortable and cheerful than the cages in which we put animals in a zoo." 

The atrocities of Willowbrook ushered in a generation of advocates, nonprofit organizations, providers, and professionals who successfully pushed for massive reform, beginning in 1971 with the development of Medicaid Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Retardation (ICFs/MR) [later renamed as ICFs for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID)].

Families and advocates alike applauded this infusion of federal funding, licensing and oversight for a program specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Still, as the ICF/IID program grew, so did calls for housing alternatives. Critics emerged, claiming that the ICF/IID federal standards of care promoted a non-individualized, inefficient model of care, and, due to federal financing incentives, discouraged states from developing alternate service options.  In 1981 Congress responded by providing for small (4-15 person) ICFs/IID and a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver, to allow states to “waive” certain ICF/IID requirements.

These early reforms were quite properly motivated by the need for a system of care and supports that responded to the very individualized and diverse needs of the entire population of people with I/DD.  These reforms, however, also set the stage for decades of ongoing deinstitutionalization, resulting in the elimination of specialized housing, employment and education options for people with I/DD, leaving some to question the price of “progress.” 

The Pendulum Swings

Even though initial reforms were motivated by a lack of service options (an over-reliance on the ICF/IID program), it was not long before efforts to “rebalance” our system of care shifted from the expansion of options to the dramatic reduction of ICFs/IID and other specialized options.

In 1999, the Supreme Court handed down its landmark Olmstead v. L.C. decision which should have settled the deinstitutionalization debate. The Court expressly cautioned against forced deinstitutionalization, the “termination of institutional settings for persons unable to handle or benefit from community settings,”   finding instead that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) only requires community placement when an individual’s treatment professionals determine community placement is appropriate, such placement is not opposed by the individual, and the placement can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the State and the needs of others with disabilities.  

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Current Affairs

Book Debut Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

RFK Thimerosal BookBook debut day is always exhilarating - even for a seasoned, best selling author like Robert Kennedy, Jr.. Please join us in wishing him well as he educates readers on the dangers of neurotoxic mercury. In an environment (pardon the pun) where so few advocates are willing to step and and speak out on behalf of vaccine safety, we commend and thank both Kennedy and his publisher, Skyhorse. There is not a bigger name in American environmental causes doing anything like this.

After you read the book, we invite you to leave a review at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and GoodReads

Unfortunately, many people will negatively review the book never having cracked the spine - never having the read more than the book's cover art on the computer...    Write the review that suits your reaction to the book. Copy it, and leave it at every book site you can find.  

Cathy Jameson

Required Summer Reading

Mom-reading-newspaperBy Cathy Jameson

"To promote the right to individual health choice and stand up for the victims of medical injury."

I scheduled my typical children’s dental appointments over their summer vacation.  Sitting in a dentist’s office for two and a half hours on a sunny afternoon wasn’t on my top 10 things to do while on summer vacation list.  Neither was defending medical choices I’m forced to make for my kids.  But that’s what ended up happening on a hot July day.

I shouldn’t joke.  Taking four children to our dental provider really isn’t that difficult; it’s more time consuming than anything.  After a terrible experience with another dental group in town, I’m grateful that our current dentist knows us well.  The staff listens to me.  They respect me.  They understand why I’ve made the medical decisions I’ve made for my children.  It’s comforting that they recognize that some of my kids are medically fragile.  What’s considered “industry standard” by some can send my children into a downward spiral with potentially long-lasting ill effects. 

So, smack dab in the middle of summer vacation was just as good a day as any to bring my kids in for a teeth cleaning.  I was prepared for the long afternoon and made sure to bring things for my kids to do while their siblings’ teeth were checked.  Just when I thought it would be business as usual, a new dental hygienist greeted us in the waiting room.  I wasn’t aware that the one whom I’d made a great connection with (she too had a young child with developmental delays) had recently left the practice. 

Politely introducing myself and my two older children whom she’d be working with, I felt somewhat exposed talking to the new hygienist.  Stating pertinent health and medical issues my children had, I went through a list of things we usually request. 

Will she judge me?  Will she understand why things must be a certain way?  Will she give me any flack for what I want done versus what she’s used to doing? 

Those questions raced through my mind as the hygienist opened the children’s dental files.  Inspecting my children’s files, she began to ask me pointed questions the dentist and the previous hygienist knew not to ask us any longer.  

No fluoride? 

“That’s correct,” I stated.

Sealants?  It says here that you were thinking about them. 

Actually, I was thinking about NOT doing them.

I smiled while trying to sound confident, “No, thanks.  We won’t be doing those.” 

For the quick second it took for the hygienist to look down at the medical records, I took over the conversation. 

“My daughter just got out of braces so this will be her first cleaning without any orthodontic gear.  Please use the gluten-free toothpaste and let me know how her teeth look now that the braces are off.”

The hygienist closed the files and said, “Okay, she can come back with me now.”

Whew!  Interrogation over…

Can I ask you something? 

Uh oh.

“Um…yes?” I stammered.

Why don’t you want sealants?

I felt like I was backed into a corner.  I had two choices:  I could answer her honestly or grab my children and run while yelling, “Leave us alone, you nosey Nellie!”

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: The Vaccine Theory of Nobel Prizes

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted
 
The July 20 New York Times, which never tires of promoting the germ theory of disease and the need to vax, vax, and vax some more, is my source for the following: “Over the last century, Denmark won significantly more Nobel Prizes per capita than Italy. It also had a lower prevalence of disease-causing germs.”
 
The correlation, according to Damian Murray at UCLA, holds true in 161 countries based on 5 different metrics of innovation. “Murray speculates that vaccination programs ‘may serve to foster a cultural zeitgeist that is more encouraging and rewarding of innovation.’”
 
About the only truth in that statement is the first two words: “Murray speculates.” That’s certainly fine – I do it all the time – but I’m not even sure I understand the point. I filed it in my “AOA – Read” folder to await further developments.
 
They came swiftly. Yesterday, I saw a friend with two preschool sons who knows first-hand the damage FDA-approved, CDC-recommended medicine -- not vaccines in his case -- can do. (He has a lot to do with why I'm writing about autism.) I asked him what vaccination schedule he follows with the kids and he replied, “We’re doing the Norwegian one.”
 
I’d never heard of someone adopting another country’s schedule, but my friend is pretty cosmopolitan – thoroughly American but with recent roots in Hungary, Germany, and England.
 
So I looked up the Norwegian vaccination schedule for preschoolers:
 
•  DTP combination vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
•  Hib vaccine against Haemophilus influenzae type b infection
•  Vaccination against pneumococcal disease
•  Vaccination against poliomyelitis
•  MMR combination vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella
Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV, for girls from 2009)
 
Children are usually first vaccinated at 3 months old. MMR vaccination is first given at 15 months of age and HPV is now offered to girls at about 12 years old.
 
Hepatitis B vaccine is also offered through the immunisation programme to children with increased risk of infection, such as those with parents from countries with high prevalence of hepatitis B infections.

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Generation Rescue Supports Congressmen Bill Posey's Autism Diligence

GR faceFrom our friends at Generation Rescue: Bill Posey

Dear Generation Rescue Community,

Many of us know that Congressman Posey has been an outspoken supporter in Washington for our children with autism. Because we desperately need people with integrity and honestly like Bill Posey in Congress, Jennifer Larson, Chief Executive Officer of Vibrant Technologies Inc., has offered to co-host a fundraiser for him. 

There will be two pieces to the event. 

The online donation goal from the community is $15,000. We are hoping that everyone who can afford to will consider giving at least $25 to help raise this amount through social media and email lists to all our fellow autism parents, grandparents and supporters. Please send this link far and wide:

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Current Affairs

Action Alert: Congress Passes Ineffectual Autism Research Bill

Fish on bikeFrom Autism Action Network: Autism action network

Take Action: Congress, what are you going to do now?    

Take Action!

Congress passes autism research bill    

Last night the Senate passed by unanimous consent the re-authorization of the former Combating Autism Act (House Resolution HR 4631.)  It allows $260 million per year for the next five years to be spent on research related to autism. The bill now goes to President Obama.
    
Now that Congress has passed the bill and President Obama’s signature is a certainty, please click on the Take Action link to send a message to your two US Senators and your member of the US House of Representatives asking them what they are going to do about the many problems with the federal autism research program that to date has yet to yield anything of use to people with autism and their families.
    
Our criticism of the bill is straightforward: the money to date has been misspent, and the overall level of effort is paltry compared to the scope of the epidemic. According to the CDC there are 1 million people in the US with ASD and the same number infected with HIV/AIDS. Unlike autism, official medicine knows the cause of AIDS, effective prevention methods are known, and highly effective treatments are available as well,  yet we are still spending more than 10 times as much on HIV/AIDS research as autism. The Government Accountability Office issued a report showing that 84% of autism research is potentially duplicative. The epidemiology done by the CDC is designed not to be able to answer the obvious question:  “Is the autism rate going up?” And we are spending eight times as much on dead-end genetic research than finding environmental causes.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: RFK Jr on CNN: Thimerosal "Not Policy, but Politics"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.  The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. 

RJK Jr: 'Not policy, but politics'

July 30, 2014

On July 30, CNN host Don Lemon interviewed environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr. about current political events and his new book, Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak, from Skyhorse Publishing.

Unlike recent articles in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Forbes and TIME, this coverage focused on what the book is actually about and Kennedy was allowed to explain the topic.

Lemon: "Why did you write this book?  It's been controversial."

Kennedy: "I wrote the book because, as you say, this is a controversial--it's almost a radioactive--issue.  People on both sides have dug in their heels. The debate about it has devolved into name-calling--it's not been a productive debate. So what I did, I got a group of scientists together and I said, 'Let's go scour--and I raised a couple of hundred thousand dollars--let's scour the scientific literature and find every article that's ever been written on thimerosal safety.' 

"Thimerosal is a mercury-based vaccine preservative that was eliminated in pediatric vaccines because it was dangerous. In 2003, it was taken out, but unfortunately--of American vaccines, we're still giving it to people all over the world--unfortunately, it was the same year CDC recommended it for the flu vaccine. . . .  And for the first time, pregnant women are getting very, very large doses of this neurotoxin--doses that are equivalent to what they were getting before the ban on pediatric vaccines. . .  It's an unnecessary preservative. The science is very clear.  We found over 500 peer-reviewed publications, 1400 references in this book, that show this is a known, recognized neurotoxin for which there are many, many alternatives.  It should not be in our vaccines.

Lemon thanked Kennedy and promised, "We will have you back to talk about it."

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Hazards of Nasal Flu Vaccine as Program is Rolled Out in British Schools

UpdateBy John Stone

This is an update of my article ‘UK Department of Health Deliberately Exposes Vulnerable Population to Flu Infection’ of May last year as the British government rolls out the program to entire school population this autumn (a product called Fluenz identical with Flumist used in the US). Recent  draft minutes of the government advisory committee, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, show it to be in a double-bind over asthma cases and uncertain about egg allergy: “extrapolating findings on injectable vaccines to Fluenz® was problematic as nasal administration may be a more reactogenic route than intramuscular injection". (See HERE.) They will still be testing this with program in full gear.

The other problem they have is that the vaccine is “contraindicated for severe asthma” so they have to devise formal guidelines for which asthma sufferers should have the vaccine and which should not, but it begs the problem that the more severely affected asthma sufferers will be exposed to the viruses (which they might well not otherwise have come into contact with) by their schoolmates shedding them, turning on the head the proposition that they are protecting the vulnerable by vaccinating the fit. While the ethical problem is not stated it surely hovers silently above their deliberations and calls into question the very principles of the program (other than making lots of money for someone). The relevant portions of the text of the JCVI minutes follow that of my article as originally published.

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UK Department of Health Deliberately Exposes Vulnerable Population to Flu Infection

Dice no yes maybeBy John Stone, first published on 10 May, 2013

Is the vaccine program there to prevent harm or to foist commercial products on a captive market at the public expense? The parrot cry of health officials trying to bully citizens into vaccinating is that they are putting other people at risk, but it is very easy to call their bluff when they pursue a contradictory policy over nasal flu vaccine and children, a vaccine which sheds and will put in harm's way immune-compromised people and younger siblings. From September this year in the United Kingdom children above the age of two are to be offered a nasal influenza vaccine ‘Fluenz’ which is the same as  the ‘Flumist’ many American children already get, and this is to be rolled out for all schoolchildren next year.  Here is the text of my recent letter to the British Medical Journal, so far unpublished:

It is deeply disturbing that this senseless project ploughs forward regardless. While government seems to have seized the agenda over influenza vaccination by unwarranted claims of (influenza) mortality [1,2] there are definable risks to the use of nasal influenza vaccine. Manufacturer's product information states among other things [3]:

"FLUENZ should not be administered to children and adolescents with severe asthma or active wheezing because these individuals have not been adequately studied in clinical studies.
"Do not administer FLUENZ to infants and toddlers younger than 12 months. In a clinical study, an increase in hospitalisations was observed in infants and toddlers younger than 12 months after vaccination (see section 4.8).

"Vaccine recipients should be informed that FLUENZ is an attenuated live virus vaccine and has the potential for transmission to immunocompromised contacts. Vaccine recipients should attempt to avoid, whenever possible, close association with severely immunocompromised individuals (e.g. bone marrow transplant recipients requiring isolation) for 1-2 weeks following vaccination. Peak incidence of vaccine virus recovery occurred 2-3 days post-vaccination in clinical studies. In circumstances where contact with severely immunocompromised individuals is unavoidable, the potential risk of transmission of the influenza vaccine virus should be weighed against the risk of acquiring and transmitting wild-type influenza virus."

Children could therefore become a mass hazard to immunocompromised people, younger siblings etc.  Moreover, given the poor record of anticipating which influenza virus strains would otherwise proliferate [4], this could expose people unnecessarily to virus strains they would otherwise not encounter. The wisdom and ethics of this seem dubious, particularly with health officials for ever insisting that we need to vaccinate to protect other people this is manifestly a self-contradictory, not to say absurd, exercise.

  [1] John Stone, 'Re: Author's response' 26 December 2009,  http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/02/re-authors-response-2

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