The Age of Polio: Explosion. Part 14.

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By Dan Olmsted

The first articles in this series told the story of the 1916 polio epidemic in New York City and the North Atlantic States. I put forward a theory that arsenic, used for the first time as a pesticide on a Hawaiian sugarcane plantation, got into the sugar supply in the refineries in New York as well as Boston and Philadelphia. The arsenic interacted with the poliovirus -- "amplified" its ability to cause paralysis and death by gaining it access to the nervous system and the anterior horn cells at the top of the spine. That led to the largest polio outbreak up to then, with nearly 2,500 dead in New York City alone.

This is a novel idea, to say the least, and the evidence I presented for it was indirect – above all, the widespread observation by ordinary people that certain foods like ice cream, candy, soft drinks and baked goods, and the places that sold them, were vectors and epicenters of the epidemic. Along with other evidence, these observations pointed, in my mind, to sugar as the common ingredient. I tracked cases from the docks in Brooklyn where raw sugar from Hawaii was unloaded to the refineries in Queens and Yonkers and Boston and Philadelphia where it was processed, to the wider North Atlantic distribution area that mirrored the spread of the epidemic. Public health officials of the day disregarded and even mocked the observations; when more than half of all letter-writers mentioned food, and the list began with ice cream, soft drinks, candy and summer fruit, the New York Health Commissioner said he didn't know "whether to laugh at the fantasies or weep over the ignorance and superstition exhibited." Germ theory was in ascendancy and environmental illness was not even on the radar, which did not exist, either. Two factors as the root of polio epidemics would have seemed fiendishly implausible. Wasn't one more than enough to try to wrap your mind around?

If the arsenic co-factor theory is true, and I certainly believe it is, we ought to be able to apply it to other polio epidemics, whatever the delivery and exposure mechanism. That would be a reasonable and fundamental test. But how do we logically proceed? I can think of four ways. We could look for direct evidence of arsenic in other polio epidemics. We could look for other toxins beside arsenic that could have been co-factors separately or in combination. We could look at sugar and see whether, in subsequent years and places, it emerges once again. Or we could look for signs of an association with food more broadly. 

In fact, I'm going to do all that. But for starters, let’s pick food, which is the big clue from the New York epidemic. This week, I happened to come across an account of an outbreak in 1926 while doing other research this at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. It just popped up, as facts tend to do around a good hypothesis. The article, no more than a page long, concerned a 1926 outbreak in the Broadstairs area of Kent, England.

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The article ran in the January 15, 1927, edition of the British Medical Journal.

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The epidemic began in October and primarily affected children at certain schools in the area. Under “interesting features” of the outbreak were four facts:

  1. “The disease was limited mainly to the children attending private schools in the district, particularly boarding schools … the private schools had very little communication with each other.”
  2. “The disease started almost simultaneously in all the schools affected, and ceased almost entirely at the end of a fortnight.”
  3. “The disease did not spread to the adjoining districts.”
  4. “The disease did not spread in the elementary schools.”

Out of 67 cases, in fact, “there were 12 … that were not connected with the schools or institutions, except indirectly – for example, one whose brother attended a school where a case occurred.” (That was the only such example given, alas. Having a brother who attended the school seems barely "indirect.")  One mistress and two members of domestic staffs at the private schools were also affected. In one convalescent home there were two children and three staff members affected.

 “Then,” the report continues, “there was the case of a waiter, aged 22, employed in a hotel in Broadstairs during the season, who left the town on October 6, developed the disease on the 16th, and died in a London hospital on October 21; and that of a young woman, age 29, who stayed in Broadstairs from October 2 to October 9, and died on the 22nd.”

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Fear at the Intersection of Race and Autism – Part 1

Autistic people of colorBy Nancy Hokkanen

If anything good might come from the senseless July 18 shooting of group home aide Charles Kinsey, it would be to shock more citizens into becoming advocates for civil rights and preventing gun violence.

The incident also spotlights (1) the need for autism awareness information that reaches all police forces and the crime-reporting public, and (2) educational content that portrays a broader representation of real-world autistic behaviors.

Kinsey, a behavior therapist, was shot once in the leg by a police officer while trying to retrieve Arnaldo Rios-Soto, a young man with autism who had run away from a group home. Police were first called to the scene by 911 callers who misinterpreted the two men’s interactions. One call described a “possible suicidal man with a gun” – yet neither man was armed, and Rios-Soto was just holding a toy truck.

One video taken before the shooting shows Kinsey, who is black, lying on the ground on his back, empty hands in the air, calmly explaining the situation to North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda. “All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavioral therapist at a group home,” Kinsey told the officer.

That video does not show what Officer Aledda did next: he fired three shots, one of which hit Kinsey, who was then handcuffed and left on the ground bleeding for 20 minutes. Later from his hospital bed Kinsey recalled, “I’m saying, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me were, ‘I don’t know.’” Officer Aledda, a SWAT team member, said in his official statement, “I did what I had to do in a split second.”

Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who also is black, said seeing the video “felt like a nightmare”: “If you’re ever stopped by the police — freeze, don’t move. That’s number one on the brochure that we created... What else could we have told him? What could have saved him from being shot?”

Members of the advocacy group The Circle of Brotherhood visited the North Miami police station July 20 asking for answers about Kinsey's case.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and state attorney’s office are investigating the shooting. Commander Emile Hollant was suspended without pay after giving conflicting statements to investigators. Miami-Dade police union rep John Rivera claimed Officer Aleddo had actually been trying to save Kinsey’s life – instead he had actually aimed at the autistic man. Disability advocates have justifiably been outraged over the horrific ethical and civil rights implications of that statement.

“To say that we didn’t mean to shoot the African-American guy, we meant to shoot the guy with the disability, makes the person’s life worth nothing,” said Matthew Dietz, an attorney for the Soto family. Dietz said Rios-Soto was held almost four hours in a police car and is traumatized.

What conditions in law enforcement departments might have contributed to this seemingly inexplicable shooting?

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Science Summary: Adjuvants and Vaccines-Induced Autoimmunity: Animal Models

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Adjuvants- and vaccines-induced autoimmunity: animal models.
Ruiz JT1,2, Luján L3, Blank M2, Shoenfeld Y4,5.
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Abstract

The emergence of autoimmunity after vaccination has been described in many case reports and series. Everyday there is more evidence that this relationship is more than casual. In humans, adjuvants can induce non-specific constitutional, musculoskeletal or neurological clinical manifestations and in certain cases can lead to the appearance or acceleration of an autoimmune disease in a subject with genetic susceptibility. The fact that vaccines and adjuvants can trigger a pathogenic autoimmune response is corroborated by animal models. The use of animal models has enabled the study of the effects of application of adjuvants in a homogeneous population with certain genetic backgrounds. In some cases, adjuvants may trigger generalized autoimmune response, resulting in multiple auto-antibodies, but sometimes they can reproduce human autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren syndrome, autoimmune thyroiditis and antiphospholipid syndrome and may provide insights about the potential adverse effects of adjuvants. Likewise, they give information about the clinical, immunological and histologic characteristics of autoimmune diseases in many organs, especially secondary lymphoid tissue. Through the description of the physiopathological characteristics of autoimmune diseases reproduced in animal models, new treatment targets can be described and maybe in the future, we will be able to recognize some high-risk population in whom the avoidance of certain adjuvants can reduce the incidence of autoimmune diseases, which typically results in high morbidity and mortality in young people. Herein, we describe the main animal models that can reproduce human autoimmune diseases with emphasis in how they are similar to human conditions.


Texas Representative Pete Sessions Dons White Hat for Vax Safety

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By Dan Burns

Answering my handwritten letter, US Congressman Pete Sessions (Texas) put on his white hat. “As you may know, he replied, “there has been ongoing concern … that there were omissions in a 2004 vaccine safety study undertaken by the CDC … that crucial documents purporting a link between the MMR vaccine and autism were destroyed … I believe that every effort should be made to ensure that vaccines achieve their primary objective, building immunity to a specified disease, while not having any detrimental and long-term side effects.”

Rep. Sessions referenced H.R. 933, the Head Start on Vaccination Act, and H.R. 2232, the Vaccinate All Children Act, both referred to subcommittees.

Good to know that somebody in Congress is reading my hand written letters.  Need a motivator to write your representative? Take a look at this short speech by Andy Wakefield on the Texas Capitol steps.

 


Dachel Wake Up: A "Vaccination" All Can Agree was Horrible As Nurse Tortures Boy with Hypodermic

Dachel Morning Wake Uo"What will happen to adult children with autism?" let me just say...horrible things. They're happening already.  See my post from earlier this week with news reports.

July 26, 2016, NBC CT: NJ Nurse Repeatedly Stabs Boy With Autism With Needle: AG

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Stroke, Gut Microbiome, Inflammation and.... Autism.

MicrobiomeBy Teresa  Conrick

Stroke Alters Gut Microbiome, Impacting Recovery - What About Vaccine Injury and Autism?

Yes, it just keeps coming. Our good friend Birgit Calhoun, a fellow truth-seeker here at Age of Autism, sent this study to us as she too, is keeping tabs on the Microbiome and Autism.  Thank you so much, Birgit. Let's take a look:

A bidirectional link between the brain and the gut can improve or worsen brain injury in mice, researchers report

Scientists are finding increasing evidence that the stomach and the brain are linked via microbes and the immune system. Researchers from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany have found that inducing strokes in mice altered the animals’ gut microbiota, triggering an immune response that traveled back to the brain and worsened the severity of the lesions. When the researchers transplanted fecal bacteria from healthy mice into germ-free rodents that had suffered strokes, the latter animals made a better recovery than mice that didn’t receive the healthy bacteria, the researchers reported this week (July 12) in The Journal of Neuroscience .

Research has shown that ischemic strokes produce an inflammatory response in the brain, which activates lymphocytes—particularly T cells. Depending on their fate, these T cells can help or worsen the brain’s recovery. Accumulating evidence now suggests that microbes in the gut can influence immune activity in the brain via the so-called “gut-brain axis.” Anrather and colleagues published a study in March [ "antibiotic-induced alterations in the intestinal flora reduce ischemic brain injury in mice, an effect transmissible by fecal transplants."  ] showing that antibiotic-induced changes in gut microbiota affected the outcome of stroke, but the opposite effect—how stroke impacts the gut microbiome—had not been investigated until now.

To find out, the researchers transplanted fecal microbiota from mice that had suffered strokes into the guts of germ-free mice, and then induced strokes in the latter group of animals. The animals that received transplanted microbiota from the brain-injured mice had significantly larger stroke infarct volumes compared with mice that received sham transplants, the researchers found. In addition, the mice that received transplants from the post-stroke mice also had higher expression of the inflammatory T cells Th1 and Th17. When the researchers fluorescently labeled immune tissue in the intestines of mice after the animals suffered strokes, they found that T cells in the animals’ guts migrated to the brain two to three days after the stroke, where they exacerbated the brain injury.

To see whether gut microbiota could limit brain damage from stroke, Liesz’s team performed fecal transplants from healthy mice into animals that had just suffered strokes, which resulted in smaller brain lesions, the researchers found. This finding was linked with an increase in the number of regulatory T cells, which help protect the brain from injury.

Let's summarize:  

Stroke (brain injury) traveled negatively to the gut MICROBIOME by altering bacteria >> Then the altered bacteria triggered an adverse immune response back to the brain (worsening the stroke) >> Then healthy fecal bacteria transplanted into the gut gives better recovery (healthy bacteria replacing unhealthy bacteria)>> Mice with no fecal transplant did not have as good of a recovery.

This line of research is so important for AUTISM as so many have suffered vaccine reactions  with developmental regression and now it is reported that up to 90 percent of autistic children also suffer gastrointestinal disturbances ( ie. GUT MICROBIOTA). 

The conclusion from the researchers -- "These findings highlight the key role of microbiota as a potential therapeutic target to protect brain function after injury."

My conclusion --These MICROBIOME connections are shining a much needed light on the plight of thousands.

Teresa Conrick is Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.


What Will Happen To Adult Children with Autism?

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By Anne Dachel

To answer the idiotic question posed below,"What will happen to adult children with autism?" let me just say...horrible things. They're happening already.

Examples:

July 21, 2016, New York Daily News:  Florida cop who shot unarmed therapist was aiming for his patient

July 21, 2016, Winston-Salem, NC: Fire Department Saves Autistic Man From Treatment Plant Drainage Ditch

July 21, 2016, Long Island Exchange: Suffolk Police Issue Silver Alert for Missing Autistic North Blue vomitAmityville Man

July 21, 2016, New Jersey Herald: Panel: 'Abuse' was cause of autistic student's broken legs

July 15, 2016, Los Angeles Times: Teen with autism was pepper sprayed and shot with Taser for being combative, police say...

July 15, 2016, Fox6 Memphis TN: Hired caregiver accused of punching, kicking autistic patient

July 13, 2016, Las Vegas Sun: Autistic man goes missing in northeast valley

You might never have thought that our society, in the span of about twenty-five years, could quietly come to accept a massive number of children with a disorder that was previously almost unknown--but we have. It's called "autism." The numbers have continually increased over the last twenty-five years with no sense of alarm. We've been conditioned to believe that those in charge are doing everything they can to research what's going on. We can take comfort in the fact that officials and doctors are worried. We can delude ourselves into believing that autism is just a new name for an age-old condition.

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Pence or Kaine: Which Man Will Mandate Vaccines as Vice President?

Which way to goBy Kim Stagliano

Where oh where to begin with our Presidential race? I don't know many friends or family who aren't dismayed in some fashion, groping for reasons to choose one of the two major party nominees, or not.

Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's choice for Vice President is Tim Kaine of Virginia. In 2007, then Governor Kaine passed legislation requiring Merck's Gardasil (genital wart/HPV) vaccine for 6th grade girls.  He expressed concerns about parental rights, however.   Kaine Wants Stronger Opt-Out for HPV Vaccine.  The "opt out" as it is known, has allowed parents to vote for their own daughters' healthcare - and the majority have said, "NO" to this vaccine. Why Virginia Girls Aren't Getting HPV Vaccine .

Republican nominee Donald Trump's VP pick is Indiana Governor Mike Pence.   A Gardasil mandate bill failed in that state. Indiana is the home of Eli Lilly, which could lead some of us to wonder about where Governor Pence's financial and political allegiance might lie. 

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Autism and the Microbiome: Will Fecal Transplants Be the Next “AWAKENINGS?" Part 2

AwakeningsBy Teresa Conrick

It was a little over a year ago that I presented information on fecal transplants and Autism. Since then, there has been more research and information that may be pertinent for Autism.

I had compared the film, Awakenings (victims of an encephalitis epidemic responding to a new medical procedure), to fecal transplants for Autism and our photo here of Robert DeNiro as Leonard may have been a foreshadowing that nobody knew was coming. In April of 2016, Robert DeNiro, one of my biggest heroes in the history of film, revealed that his son, like my daughter, reacted to the MMR vaccine as a toddler and symptoms of Autism then began.  My eternal gratitude to him for bringing these important issues to the public

I have been reading and writing about the Microbiome and Autism for years as the two seem very related for my daughter and so many others.  Why is the Microbiome seemingly key into the regression of Autism and how can this be prevented as well as treated for those already adversely affected?

There is no arguing that the Microbiome of Childhood is taking a beating from MAN. Vaccines, pesticides, and antibiotics, and maybe ESPECIALLY antibiotics that no one talks about ---- the ones in our food supply. In addition, another long-term culprit is MERCURY (remember that Thimerosal is still in flu vaccines) because mercury can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics, the Microbiome is intimately connected.  Each of these alone can adversely affect the Microbiome but add them together and it could be the recipe for disaster that we are seeing as we connect the gut to the immune system -- and to the brain.  Autism is turning out to have a very damaged and dysfunctional Microbiome so let's take a look at Fecal Microbiota Transplants.

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Solicitation for Interviewees: “The Autism Literary Underground”

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By Jonathan Rose

I have been commissioned by a major academic journal to write an article with the working title “The Autism Literary Underground”.  The aim of this study is to discover what members of the autism community have read about autism, and how that reading has shaped their attitudes toward autism.

I therefore solicit volunteers willing to be interviewed by e-mail.  Volunteers may be autistic or not autistic, but they must belong to autism families.  And they must be responsible adults – that is, age 18 or older, not under guardianship, and capable of giving informed consent.     

Interviewees will be asked to discuss anything they read that had an important impact on their thinking about autism.  That might include websites, scientific journal articles, memoirs, books about alternative medicine, or e-mails from friends.  They may even point to literary classics that seem relevant to autism even if they don’t actually mention the condition: e.g., The Plague or An Enemy of the People.

In any published work, interviewees may be quoted, but only with their express permission.  Interviewees will be identified by numbers but not by their names, which will be kept strictly confidential and not shared with any third party.  Participants may terminate interviews at any time and may decline to answer any question. 

This research project has IRB approval.  Anyone interested in participating should contact me at jerose@drew.edu

Other autism community websites are welcome to publish this solicitation.

Prof. Jonathan Rose
Department of History
Drew University
Madison, NJ 07940, USA


Questions and Answers

Keep calm ask MomBy Cathy Jameson

Another hopefully ever after post…because writing about these moments helps me get through some of the other stuff the world’s thrown at me.  xo, Cat

When my non-verbal son needs me, he usually signs or types his requests.  Ronan sometimes attempts speech with those requests but is unable to formulate words that the rest of us can understand.  I encourage vocal output from him always hoping to hear a word or two.  Now that the siblings home on summer vacation, they encourage that as well. 

It’s a lot louder in the house with Ronan’s siblings home.  Before they started their summer vacation, it was really quiet around here.  That quiet has been replaced with other things.  There’s constant playing.  There’s constant wondering when the next meal will be served (even though the kids just ate).  And there’s constant talking.  The siblings talk.  Boy, can they talk.  A lot! 

I am beyond grateful that my typical siblings do not struggle with speech issues like Ronan does, but ohmyword, the question asking they’ve done this summer is at an all-time high.  With all the questions that I was asked one afternoon in particular last week, many that I had already answered in detail, I kinda sorta lost my cool.  As a result, I instituted something that I’d warned the kids about when they’d reached a tipping point on another long, questions filled day:  if you have something to ask Mommy, you need to write it down.  I told them that if the question had been already been asked and answered, the kids should keep in mind that there was no guarantee that their written question would be answered. 

The kids mulled over my request. 

They were not amused. 

But I got what I was looking for, which was a moment of silence.  

Until I read some of their questions. 

From my oldest on down to my youngest, each child is unique.  You can see that in the questions they asked over the next few hours one day. 

Fiona cannot wait for Ronan to catch up with her.  Since that has yet happened, she, like me, wishes we could go back in time and do things differently.  She remembers his typical baby days when things were easier.  She also wants him to experience the independence she will have when she grows up and goes out into the real world.  Like me, she’d go back in time and do things a little bit differently. 

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Battle for California - Stopping the Pharma Juggernaut

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By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

Let me tell you what I believe to be the long-term strategy of the pharmaceutical industry in regards to vaccinations.  First, they want to establish by law the precedent that a parent cannot refuse a vaccination for their child, or they will face the draconian penalty of that child being forced out of the public school system.  It's the dry run for what they want to try next, the forced vaccination of adults as a precondition of employment.

It really is that simple and that horrible, which is why what's happening in California should both terrify people, as well as have them sitting on the edge of their seat as to what will happen next.

As for the horror, I'm sure that most readers are aware of California Senate Bill 277, which was passed last year and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown which provides that this academic school year, 2016-2017, starting in the lower grades, children in kindergarten and the seventh grade will need to have a certain number of vaccinations in order to attend school.  All religious and philosophical exemptions are gone and only medical exemptions will remain, but you can be sure they'll try to bully physicians into not granting them.  It is REALLY bad.

But what should have you sitting on the edge of your seat is a lawsuit filed by some real legal heavyweights, including a former member of Nader's Raiders, which seeks to stop SB 277.  As an attorney I have to say I am impressed by the filing and believe it has a good chance of success.  During the years I have been in this struggle I've been frustrated as to how little reason has been deployed in the debate.  I credit much of that to the terrible 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act which removed vaccines from the traditional civil justice system.  But the pharma minions were not content with that victory and wanted to go even further.  Tyrants usually set themselves up for failure when they try to do too much.  The reason pharma has tried to weasel out of the traditional civil justice system is they don't want to argue the merits of what they are proposing.

Here are some of the arguments our side is making that pharma and which pharma will be forced to respond:

Violation of the California Constitution - Access to public education is a fundamental right under the California constitution, which means that any abridgement of that right must be viewed with great suspicion.  The defendants must show there was an overwhelming need for the abridgment of this right and that the abridgment is narrowly tailored.  Furthermore, this proposed law discriminates on the basis of wealth, as more affluent parents are more able to homeschool their children.  It also discriminates on the basis of English language fluency as California law states that any parent who wants to homeschool their child must be fluent in English.

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Dachel Wake Up: What To Do About Autism?

Dachel Morning Wake UoWhat to do about autism?

We've tried celebrating it, calling it "neurodiversity," attributing it to "greater awareness," making the world "autism friendly"--anything to pretend that a debilitating neurological condition that overwhelmingly affects children is nothing to worry about.

I've long thought that this normalizing of autism will continue until the numbers simply bury us.

The Sacramento Bee just announced that there are 97,000 students in California schools who are autistic.

Six months ago the Bee said there were 90,000 students with autism.

In 2009, seven years ago, there were officially 46,000 students with autism in California.

In 1999, there were 14,000 autistic student in California schools.

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Dear Vaccine Proponents....A Letter from Vaccine Choice Canada

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Dear Vaccine Proponents

Thank you for your messages and your concern.

I begin with the assumption that you are well intended and, with the exception of trolls paid by the pharmaceutical industry, sincerely believe in your statements that vaccines are safe and effective.

I also know that you are not well informed. Your rigid “everyone should be vaccinated” policy tells me that you have not ventured beyond the promotional advertisements of the pharmaceutical industry or the superficial journalism of today’s mainstream media.

Your position tells me that you haven’t read the research literature or considered the possibility that the medical industry is a for-profit business and has successfully lobbied (bought) politicians and captured the media with their advertising dollars. You assume the pharmaceutical industry is producing products in our best interest and that they wouldn’t be able to produce unsafe products.

You might admit that prescription drugs should be treated with caution. You might even be aware that the medical industry kills around 250,000 people in the US every year and is the third leading cause of death either by preventable medical error, hospital acquired infections, or properly prescribed drug reactions.

But you consider vaccines a different kind of drug. Vaccines are like a ‘magic potion’ with none of the risks or adverse effects commonly associated with other pharmaceutical products. You believe this propaganda, not because you have read clinical evidence of safety and effectiveness, but because you want to believe that vaccines are safe and effective and will protect your child from “vaccine preventable illnesses”.

You also believe that vaccines are responsible for the decline in polio and small pox and the decrease in mortality of measles, though there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. The vaccine industry denies a relationship between injury and death following a vaccination and claim that, “a temporal relationship does not mean a causal relationship”. Yet the vaccine industry is more than willing to claim a causal relationship between vaccines and the decline in infectious diseases by pointing to the temporal relationship between the introduction of vaccines and the decline of many diseases. The fact these diseases declined as much as 99%, before the introduction of the vaccine is not considered relevant.

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18 Facts the Ontario Vaccine Education Sessions Won’t Tell You

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By Ted Kuntz

On December 11, 2015 the Ontario government announced its intention to introduce Bill 198, 27 a legislative amendment to the Immunization of School Pupils Act that would restrict parent’s access to legal vaccine exemptions for their children.  

Parents who consciously choose not to vaccinate or to vaccinate their children selectively will be forced to attend a mandatory vaccine “education session” before being allowed to exercise a right they already have - their medical right to informed consent and their Canadian Charter rights of freedom of conscience and religion and legal right to security of the person.

Below are 18 facts the Ontario government likely won’t tell you in their vaccine education sessions:

Fact #1: The safety of the current childhood vaccine schedule has never been proven in large, long-term clinical trials. 1 18 There is increasing evidence the risks of vaccination outweigh the benefits. 23

Fact #2: Vaccines have not been tested for carcinogenicity, toxicity, genotoxicity, mutagenicity, or for long-term adverse reactions.

Fact #3:  The current vaccine schedule has never been tested for safety in the real world way in which the schedule is implemented. 3  

Fact #4:  No independent trials confirm the safety of giving multiple vaccinations at once. Research shows a dose-dependent association between the number of vaccines administered simultaneously and hospitalization or death. 24

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More Research Showing How Damaged the Immune System is in Autism

Meg sick age 5By Teresa Conrick

I have been writing about my daughter, Megan, her autism diagnosis, her immune system and the Microbiome for quite awhile. The connections continue to mount.  It makes sense that researchers keep seeing the immune system involved in Autism.  In our situation, Megan has both an Autism diagnosis and an Autoimmune diagnosis.  Treating her with antibiotics, probiotics, organic and prebiotic foods, and interventions to help the immune system work more productively, increases her health and also decreases her symptoms of Autism. Here is yet another study showing that the immune system and the brain are intimately connected:

Unexpected role of interferon-γ in regulating neuronal connectivity and social behaviour 

Immune dysfunction is commonly associated with several neurological and mental disorders...Here we show that meningeal immunity is also critical for social behaviour; mice deficient in adaptive immunity exhibit social deficits and hyper-connectivity of fronto-cortical brain regions. Associations between rodent transcriptomes from brain and cellular transcriptomes in response to T-cell-derived cytokines suggest a strong interaction between social behaviour and interferon-γ (IFN-γ)-driven responses. Concordantly, we demonstrate that inhibitory neurons respond to IFN-γ and increase GABAergic (γ-aminobutyric-acid) currents in projection neurons, suggesting that IFN-γ is a molecular link between meningeal immunity and neural circuits recruited for social behaviour...This study implicates adaptive immune dysfunction, in particular IFN-γ, in disorders characterized by social dysfunction and suggests a co-evolutionary link between social behaviour and an anti-pathogen immune response driven by IFN-γ signalling.

Here is that same study in layman's terms - Does the Immune System Have a Role in Battling Autism?, Scientific American, July 14, 2016:

Molecules that protect the body from infection may be needed for mice to socialize with their peers, according to a study published today in Nature...The findings bolster an emerging link between the immune system and conditions such as autism, says lead researcher Jonathan Kipnis, professor of neuroscience at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “Whether we like it or not, there is a piling up of evidence that the immune system has a major impact on brain function: The brain is not isolated from the rest of the body,” he says.  The study pinpoints an immune molecule called interferon gamma as the key to this link. This molecule primes cells to attack intruders, and is ramped up during infections.  

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Dachel Wake Up: Autism Increased in CA.. Again... So?

Dachel Morning Wake UoHere are two Sacramento Bee stories, six months apart. It's really proof that no matter how bad the numbers, no matter how lame that explanation, nothing will ever change: autism is never a crisis, and vaccine don't cause the disorder. Reporter Phillip Reese wrote both of these stories. Reese's theories for where all the autism is coming from are the usual, better diagnosing, broader definition.

Six months ago Reese included "environmental factors," but in the latest report he alleges that it might be because "more children [are] born with autism."

In both pieces he cites the AAP as the source for no link between vaccines and autism.

The undeniable facts are that autism continues to affect more and more children in California and there is no reasonable explanation. Six months ago there were 90,000 students in California schools with an autism diagnosis. Now there are 97,000. What will Phillip Reese be telling us in another six months?

July 18, 2016, Sac Bee: Autism rates in California public schools jumped 7 percent in 2016

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If They Start the Shots Early Enough……

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By Robin McLean

....you can’t figure out what damage has been done.

I had been in labor about 14 hours, the last 2 in the hospital. I was almost completely dilated, but my Ob-Gyn wanted to hurry me along. Without much warning she broke my water – catapulting me into the pushing phase. The impulse was so strong, my daughter was born in that very first push, resulting in some serious trauma to my body. As the doctor and nurses ran around frantically trying to control the bleeding, they were yelling at each other that maybe they needed to knock me out. In the midst of this, I held my daughter. Despite the chaos and my (somewhat) muffled cries of pain, she lifted her head from my chest and quietly looked into my eyes.

As they were jamming in IV’s, clamping delicate places and generally jostling me all around I began to worry that my daughter would bond with a screaming, scary version of myself – I was also beginning to  feel weak and was afraid I would drop her. I asked my husband to take her and while the nurses wanted to whisk the two of them off to the nursery for all the prodding they had in store for her, my husband refused to leave me or let her out of his sight.

Once the bleeding was under control and repair work underway, my husband agreed to go with our daughter to the nursery. My recollection of the next few hours is hazy – having made it thru childbirth without pain medication I was now woozy on some cocktail needed to keep me from jumping off the bed while they sewed me up. The next thing I remember clearly, I was holding my daughter – my very unhappy, screaming daughter. No longer gazing at me silently, her eyes were squeezed shut, tears streaked her face, and the veins pulsed visibly on her forehead. Her tiny hands were clenched so hard her knuckles were white. She cried like that for a great deal of her entire first year of life. We were told that night and for months to come that this was simply “colic”.

What I didn’t know then, that I do know now, is that in 1991 hospitals across the country began giving all babies a Hepatitis B shot on their first day of life – usually within the first 12 hours. The CDC made that recommendation, despite the fact that Hep B is a blood borne, sexually transmitted disease most commonly found among IV drug users. They made that recommendation, despite the fact that mothers could be tested prior to delivery to determine whether they were Hep B positive – the only route by which their babies could become infected. They made that recommendation despite the fact that the vaccination’s safety for infants has been minimally tested. Despite the fact that the long term effects of the vaccine has never been studied. Despite the fact, that by their own calculations the vaccine’s effectiveness wanes after 7 years long before your baby will be sexually active or be tempted by IV drug use. And they have continued to make that recommendation, year after year, giving the same dosage shot to a baby – even an extremely tiny premature baby - as a 19 year old would get. Despite the fact that the US is the only country that vaccinates babies on their first day of life. Despite the fact that the Us also has the highest first day of life death rate – 50%  higher than the all the other industrialized countries combined…..Really. Read that again – it's true How can we not be outraged by this?! How is THIS not front page news?

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Dachel Wake Up: Merck Shames Parents into Vaccinating with Gardasil

Dachel Morning Wake UoJuly 15, 2016, Providence (RI) Journal: There's a shocking new ad shaming parents for not giving their children this unpopular vaccine

By Lydia Ramsey

"Maybe they didn't know I would end up with cancer because of HPV," a man says, as pictures of him as a pre-teen boy flash across the screen. "Maybe if they'd known there was a vaccine to help protect me when I was 11 or 12."

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How the Failed MMR Vaccine Has Quarantined a Detention Center As Measles Overshadows Autism

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Autism Epidemic Overshadowed by Small Measles Outbreak
How the Failed MMR Vaccine Has Quarantined a Detention Center

By James Grundvig

Sixty days ago an illegal alien carried the measles virus into the Eloy Detention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and spread the virus to one of the federal workers; from there it spread. The 1,600-bed facility serves as temporary station for migrants and illegals facing trials, deportation hearings, and other bureaucratic processing.

The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a private contracting firm, runs Eloy from Nashville, Tennessee. While it provides 24-hour guard and security services, agents for the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE,) agency care for, manage, debrief, and interview the inmates. The facility, however, doesn’t have a single medical doctor onsite.

To date, twenty-two people have contracted the non-lethal disease. That’s twenty-two over a sixty-day period. That is twenty-two in Eloy, which at the time housed 1,200 detainees, with a staff of 150 ICE agents, and 350 CCA security personnel. All told, there were 1,900 people in the federal detention center at the time of exposure.

According to the Montana Department of Health’s Infographic on measles, a state that hasn’t had a single measles case since 1990, one person with measles can spread the virus to eighteen more people.

2016 Measles Montana

With 1,900 people exposed, and hundreds going home from the facility on a daily basis, not including relatives, friends and lawyers visiting the detainees, how come there were only twenty-two measles cases?

Since the “Largest Outbreak in the United States this year,” one newspaper headline gushed, took place in May, 102 of the detainees have been released from the facility. But ICE Immigration Court has not resumed trials yet and likely won’t reopen until the end of July, according to an Arizona Department of Health press release. All visitors must carry proof of vaccinations to enter. No exceptions.

From www.thinkprogress.org, immigration reporter Esther Yu-Hsi Lee opened her article (7-11-16) as if the U.S. faced a repeat of the 2014 Ebola pandemic:

“A nationwide public health crisis may be underway as dozens of workers at an Arizona immigration detention facility have refused to get vaccinated amid a large measles outbreak — currently, the largest outbreak of the disease anywhere in the United States.”

Blaming federal workers for not being vaccinated against measles is total crap and takes away from a great issue that really is an epidemic of Armageddon scale.

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Levi Quackenboss On The Epidemic Of Coincidence Disorder

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Thanks as ever to Levi Quackenboss for this Monday morning zingRead the full post at the Quackenboss site.

Parents of disabled children, desperate to blame someone for their bad genetics or inexplicable acts of God, have taken to social media in recent years as a “vocal minority” to blame their woes on life-saving measures whose side effects we all know are exceedingly rare:  vaccines.

As much as our hearts break for these parents raising non-verbal autistic children in diapers at age 10, or whose kids go into anaphylactic shock six times a year from exposure to common everyday foods, or those with imperfect offspring who suffer from epilepsy and spend a quarter of the year hospitalized, we have to chalk these conditions up to the new epidemic of “Coincidence Disorder” because if there’s one thing we know about these mysteries:  they are not caused by vaccines.

There is no limit to the coincidences that these pathetic parents blame on the greatest inventions of the 20th century.  Take, for instance, when a seemingly-healthy baby is vaccinated for Hepatitis B before being discharged from the hospital, and suddenly that baby is incapable of suckling at the breast.  Never mind that mama had been breastfeeding for 48 hours already, this baby now has to be bottle fed because it has forgotten its eating reflex.  Babies are silly and sometimes these things just happen, right?  Did you see this study of little monkeys who weren’t able to suckle after a hep b vax?  Are we monkeys?  No, we are not.  We are plagued with Coincidence Disorder, and it’s tragic.

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Dachel Wake Up: The Selling of Autism

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Kids with autism, that mysterious disorder that we didn’t know anything about until about 25 years ago, are now a fact of life in America and around the world.  Autism happens--we need to learn to live with it.

These four stories demonstrate what I mean. No one cares WHY your child is autistic. There's nothing we can do about that. In fact, we don't even want to talk about it!

Autism has been mythologized into normal and acceptable "difference." It's along the same lines as near-sightedness and being left-handed. It's just the way some people are. The BEST way to do that is to have the press convince us with stories every hour on the news ...

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Waiting Room Observations

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A few weeks ago my kids were discussing Heaven.  After each of them shared what they thought Heaven looked like, one of the kids added that some people have to wait to get there.  Instead of going straight up, they make a stop in Purgatory.  Ronan’s little brother looked at me and asked, “Mom, what do you think Purgatory looks like.”  Hoping for a one-way ticket “straight up”, I laughed and told him that I hoped I’d never find out.  He was serious, though, and wanted a better answer. 

So I told him, “When I was a young child I enjoyed taking a subway ride into the city when we’d visit my grandparents.  Going into New York City was fun, but I was always afraid of waiting for the subway.  Sometimes the trains were quick and we didn’t wait very long.  But other times, when the train didn’t come right away, I had time to think about the strange underground noises I wasn’t used to and got scared of the darkness that I saw when I peered down the tunnel as I wondered where the train was.  That part made me feel very uneasy, and I couldn’t wait to get back on the street level!  As an older child when I learned about Purgatory, I imagined that Purgatory looked and felt like a deserted, dark subway station.  A few benches would be there on the platform, but no one else was sitting in them or walking about the place.  No trains would come zooming in to whisk to me away either – if I was in Purgatory, it meant that I was there for a reason.  I knew I’d be waiting, waiting, waiting until it was time for me to get to the next stop: Heaven.” 

By the time I finished the description, all of Ronan’s siblings were listening.  I ended with, “To me, Purgatory is a time of waiting.  Good things will come, but wherever a person least likes waiting, that’s what Purgatory looks like.”  After taking all five kids to Ronan’s big sister’s orthodontics appointment – which ran late and took much longer than we all expected, I’ve changed my mind.  Purgatory is an overcrowded waiting room where autism is put to the test. 

An overcrowded waiting room where time stands still, where some people stare and others look on with pity – that’s where we found ourselves last week.  A short appointment turned into a long appointment that kept getting longer.  Poor Ronan!  He tried so hard to be so very patient.  Poor me!  I tried so hard to keep Ronan so very patient but failed miserably. 

If I knew how long the appointment would go over (40 minutes longer than anticipated), I’d have brought more things to keep him entertained.  But in juggling him, in redirecting him, in keeping him calm, in promising him that “this too shall end”, I saw a different side of Ronan.  He was anxious.  He was agitated.  He was very concerned.  But it wasn’t for himself; it was for his big sister, Fiona. 

There she was, his biggest helper, sitting in an uncomfortable looking chair having all manner of stuff being done to her teeth.  Poking, prodding, cleaning, polishing.  Ronan’s seen it before but had never taken much interest in the procedure before.  Happy with his iPad or his favorite book, Ronan’s sat quietly in the chair next to me at a previous appointment while Fiona sat in that same uncomfortable looking chair while her teeth were being poked, prodded, cleaned, and polished.  He paid no attention to it before though.  But last week, all of his attention was directed toward his sister, and I was happy to see it. 

Because of how little he communicates, we sometimes wonder how much Ronan understands.  We know that he takes in a lot, but with such little feedback from him, it isn’t until we’re in a situation do we learn what Ronan thinks of it.  When he does expresses himself, we take note and we encourage a response always hoping that we can make meaningful contact in return.  That’s what I observed happen last Tuesday. 

Ronan’s facial expressions and his inability to focus on the few things I’d brought in his backpack to keep him happy were indicators that something was clearly bothering Ronan.  Watching him trying to get Fiona’s attention from the chairs we were sitting in for as long as he tried was inspiring.  He needed his sister.  But she was over there and we were sitting over here.  Curious about what he felt he needed to do, because it seemed like Ronan wanted to protect Fiona from whatever the technician was doing to her, I said, “Buddy, she’s okay.”  But that was not enough for Ronan.  He needed to see for himself. 

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The Age of Polio. Explosion. Part 12.

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Editor's note:  We invite you to read the entire series here.

By Dan Olmsted

When Mrs. G.H. Franklin woke up after collapsing on the floor of her Brooklyn ice cream parlor on June 19, 1916, she found herself in a ward at St. Mary’s Hospital, paralyzed. She was 56 years old. Just two days earlier, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle ran a story on its front page headlined “24 Cases of Infant Paralysis in the Boro; Health Board Acts.”

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Despite the timing, doctors were loathe to describe Mrs. Franklin's case as polio. For one thing she simply seemed too old for infantile paralysis -- the oldest person in the health department case files that summer.  “The hospital records show that the case was considered some type of meningitis altho a lumbar puncture showed nothing abnormal,” according to a health department report. “On July 8 she was brought to her son’s home at 1250 Curtis Avenue, Woodhaven, Queens. On July 30, after she left, her grandsons Herbert and Calvin were taken acutely ill, the former promptly being diagnosed poliomyelitis, the diagnosis in the latter not yet known. “On July 15, Mrs. Franklin moved to 4559 Metropolis Avenue, Queens, and nine days after arriving there, her grandson Willy was taken ill and also Edith Smith, the daughter of another tenant in the same house. Both proved to have poliomyelitis.

“An interesting sidelight on this problem is the fact that on June 1, when Mrs. Franklin was first taken ill at 1295 Gates Avenue, an Italian baby on the top floor became suddenly ill and died within 24 hours, no diagnosis being made.”  Trying to untangle the coincidences from the  clues was beyond the health department’s ken. Yet the department spent a lot of its time building up voluminous files on each case and tracking down every possible contact. This was a misadventure if the hypothesis I've laid out in earlier segments is true, because it continually missed the environmental trigger -- low levels of arsenic in sugar that had recently arrived at the refineries from Hawaii.

The environmental toxicologist who’s been helping me commented: “Arsenic in sugar would result in intermittent dosing, which is more likely to manifest in some of the other known symptoms of arsenic toxicity such as GI upset. Orally ingested arsenic is very hard on the intestines.  Orally ingested poliovirus enters the body through the intestines, which will be less able to fight off a viral invasion if arsenic-induced inflammation and necrosis is present.” Certainly plenty of polio cases I’ve read about from the 1916 epidemic began with that kind of stomach upset. I wonder if Mrs. Franklin got better just because she was no longer eating her own ice cream all day.

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Brooklyn, where the Hawaiian sugar made port, had the first outbreak. Queens, where most of the raw sugar went to the refinery in Long Island City, had the highest polio rate per capita of the five boroughs. Yonkers, where a smaller amount went to the refinery there, had the highest number of cases of any city of its size in the country. That’s proof of nothing but it’s consistent with the “facts cluster around a good hypothesis” model.

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More clues, also direct from the health department:

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Here is that cluster on the health department’s map – it’s directly opposite the green square:

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Schools Been Blown to PIECES! YAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!! (Autism and Adulthood.)

By Kim Stagliano

I know that the Alice Cooper classic rock song "School's Out" is politically incorrect. I don't much care.  I am the mother of one, two, three daughters with autism. I'm tired. And I'm often cranky.

Not today. I'm so happy I need to pinch myself to make sure I'm really me.

Check this out:  Here's the report I got from my oldest daughter's new adult day program.  My response is in crayon. Try finding a pen around here.

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She attends Monday - Friday from 9:00 to 2:30pm at two programs that are part of a large organization in my county.  Four years ago I said out loud, "Mia will NEVER go to a day program at such and such!"   Dopey me.   So, her core program is very autism specific. The staff is well trained. Kind. Young. Energetic. Underpaid. She is also attending a totally cool Art Cooperative program in a funky space that you or I would be happy to call home every day.  This was the note I got after her first day of adding the art program. Pay attention to this line "No drops."  One of Mia's behaviors is to drop to the floor onto her knees like a sack of cement and remain there when she is not happy with what's going on - especially during transition. In fact, another day program in the area - that shall not be named (yet.... ) all but turned Mia down because of this ooooooh so difficult behavior. Is dropping to the floor a disruptive pain in the  you know what behavior?  Yes. Is it the the worst of possible autism behaviors? Heck no.  

ZERO DROPS is huge, giant, life changing. And it tells me that Mia feels good. Safe. Respected. In control. Honestly, I'm giddy.


I think Mia is thrilled to be done with the constant data tracking of ABA based school.  She's sick to death of prompts and charts and rewards. Life is not prompt based. For any of us. Sure we need reminders and incentives. But the overdrive school models are not relevant to the real world. 

Respecting her and meeting her where she is right now is what's making a difference. The team likes Mia. She's a nice young woman who sings off key with joy and who, when she makes eye contact with you, really connects with  your soul.  She shines. And her new program honors her. 

I've told her team that I'm writing about Mia's journey. 

SCHOOL'S OUT FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We can do this. Take heart. More soon.

KIM XOXOXOXOX

Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.


James Lyons Weiler on A Frightening New Syndrome: Vaccine Risk Awareness

Wake up callNOTE:  Thanks to James Lyons Weiler for this post following the attempt to mandate Gardasil in Pennsylvania. And here's an article From Trib Live Allegheny County Board of Health won't pursue HPV .vaccine mandate

By James Lyons Weiler

PITTSBURGH, PA.  Local residents are wondering who to contact to report a sudden emergence of awareness in the risks of vaccination after a proposal emerged to the Allegheny Board of Health to consider writing a proposal to make HPV vaccination of 11- and 12-year olds mandatory for all who want to attend public school.

People who suffer from this condition, called “Vaccine Risk Awareness”, or VRA, report various symptoms including thinking for themselves, taking responsibility for their own health care decisions, and for those of their children, and various neurological symptoms such as having a brain capable of understanding that

  • >95% of all HPV infections are cleared w/in 2 years with no signs of cancers, or precursors to cancer;
  • current HPV vaccines only work on <10% of the HPV types circulating, of which there are around 100, and thus, contrary to claims by doctors and Merck, the vaccine cannot eradicate HPV infections;
  • the CDC’s own data show no net change in overall HPV infection due to the use of HPV vaccines in the US:
  • no study has ever been done that demonstrates that incomplete immunization via HPV vaccine lead to a reduction in cancer rates due to HPV;

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Gardasil: A License to Kill. What Has Changed Since This Report in 2010?

Blaxill 1 photoWe are running the "License to Kill" series by Mark Blaxill as a reminder of the warning bells that have been pealing for many years while the media, pharma, government continue to push this vaccine on a wide group of "consumers" with each passing day.  We published this series in the Spring of 2010. You might recall that Gardasil was launched for teen girls to prevent a certain type of genital wart virus that can lead to cervical cancer. Now teen boys are being dosed with Gardasil.

By Mark Blaxill
 
Part 1:  How A Public-Private Partnership Made the Government Merck’s Gardasil Partner

“Perhaps no other recent product on the market demonstrates successful health care technology transfer better than the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil, produced by Merck & Co. and approved by the FDA in June 2006,” proclaimed a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) newsletter. In a February 23, 2007 article entitled “From Lab to Market: The HPV Vaccine”, the NIH Record celebrated the pivotal role of government researchers in developing Merck’s Gardasil product. “Based largely on technology developed at NIH,” the newsletter reported, “the vaccine works to prevent four types of the sexually transmitted HPV that together cause 70 percent of all cervical cancer and 90 percent of genital warts (HERE).
 
The occasion motivating this celebratory article was the “Philip S. Chen, Jr. Distinguished Lecture on Innovation and Technology Transfer” given by Douglas T. Lowy, one of the NIH scientists involved in developing the HPV vaccine. In the ceremony pictured above, Lowy is receiving an honorary poster from the head of NIH at the time, Elias Zerhouni, who took advantage of the occasion to shower praise on his team’s work, one he viewed as a model for future efforts. “It’s a ‘heroic’ story about the effort to fight cervical cancer, the second most deadly cancer for women worldwide, said NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni,” in the NIH Record’s account. “He noted that he has talked about the vaccine’s creation to Congress and with the President on his recent visit to NIH. How researchers took the technology ‘from the lab to the marketplace is a journey we can learn from,’ Zerhouni said.”
 
While Zerhouni was bragging to anyone in Washington D.C. who would listen about the NIH team’s role in this historic accomplishment, the vaccine's developers were actively spreading the news of their achievement in scientific circles. It’s hard to blame them, because at the time Lowy and his colleague John T. Schiller, leaders of the team that had invented the technology for the “virus-like particles” (or VLPs) that made Gardasil possible, were in some pretty heady company. In 2008, Harald zur Hausen, the scientist who discovered the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical cancer during the 1980s, received one half of the Nobel Prize in Medicine; the two researchers at the Pasteur Institute who had discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) had to share the other half.
 
Perhaps campaigning for their own place in the pantheon of medical heroes, Lowy and Schiller described their VLP technology in several review articles on the history and development of the Merck vaccine. These treatments were studiously scientific in tone and at points openly critical of their commercial partner, as the authors commented with disapproval on the high price Merck was charging for Gardasil. But in one May 2006 review in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, the pair also made the following disclosure about their own commercial interests:
 
“Conflict of interest: The authors, as employees of the National Cancer Institute, NIH, are inventors of the HPV VLP vaccine technology described in this Review. The technology has been licensed by the NIH to the 2 companies, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, that are developing the commercial HPV vaccines described herein.”
 
Attached to an otherwise heroic narrative of the triumph of technology over cancer, this disclosure struck a discordant note. Conflict of interest? Inventors? Vaccine technology? Licenses? Pharmaceutical companies? Commercial vaccines? This isn’t scientific language, but rather the language of money and commerce. What was this unusual concession doing there in the fine print?

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The Storming of the Bastille

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July 14 is France's Bastille Day. This day can serve as a reminder around the world of the power of women. Mothers. Wives. Sisters. Daughters. Together, we can change the world. Where we see wrongs against our precious children, we rise up, we revolt, we knit names into the blankets of our rage.  Our current political process reflects a similar dissatisfaction bubbling up as the middle class as been trounced.  It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. With apologies to Mr. Dickens.

The Women’s March on Versailles was a prime example of the effect that women could have on a revolution in a hands on way, as opposed to being just nurses to the wounded. It was a defining moment of the French Revolution that made an almost immediate shift in the balance of power, bringing the privileged to their knees and favoring the country’s common people. Read more: http://www.thegrindstone.com/2011/07/14/mentors/bastille-day-the-womens-march-on-versailles/#ixzz4EKf8A3Vh



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Dachel Wake Up: 64 Women Sue in Japanese Courts Over Cervical Cancer Vaccine

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

The HPV vaccine is proving to be not only high risk in terms of reactions, but high risk in terms of injuring teens and adults who can speak out - rather than "just" babies who stop or never start speaking at all.  From Japan Times:

A group of lawyers for 64 women who are suffering health problems from cervical cancer vaccines said Tuesday the victims will file damages lawsuits against the government and two drugmakers that produced the vaccines through four district courts on July 27.

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Pittsburgh Mom Describes Serious Gardasil Vaccine Injury

Vioxx now gardasilNote: Doctors are ready to blame anything except the vaccines they administer when a patient becomes chronically sick.  Watch this video about how a 13 year old girl's life changed dramatically after "just one" dose of Gardasil. "No no no it couldn't be the vaccine." Except when it is.  See an interview with Sara at the bottom of this post. KRS

By Anne Dachel

Sara Sotomayor's mother tells her story at "VaxXed" in Pittsburgh. "She was injured by the Gardasil vaccine on October 17, 2006. She had just one dose of the Gardasil vaccine. She was 13 at the time. She’s 23 now, so we’re coming up on the ten year anniversary.




“As soon as the vaccine needle left her arm, she was squealing and crying. She said it felt like an aluminum bat hit her arm.

“We were, of course, reassured by the nurse at the doctor’s office that this is normal. Particularly the Gardasil vaccine, this is normal to have a lot of pain at the injection site. …

“Two days later, the pain is still there. She’s really complaining a lot, and she’s not a complainer. …So I called the doctor’s office and I said what was going on. Again they reassured me this is natural, this is normal, don’t worry about it. Just give it a little time. And so we did, we gave it time.

“I didn’t know anything about vaccine injury. …The following days and weeks what ended up happening was she had severe nosebleeds—like gushing. Her gait started to change when she walked. She kind of favored one side. She was extremely pale. …

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Joshua Coleman Speaks Out on Son's Vaccine-Induced Paralysis (Transverse Myelitis) and SB277

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By Anne Dachel

Joshua Coleman is the father of eight year old Otto Coleman, who was vaccine-injured at seventeen Otto Coleman and sonmonths of age. Joshua was very involved in the efforts to stop the bill that would end vaccine choice in California last year.

Joshua came to Sacramento on June 10, 2015 to speak to the California Assembly Health Committee about what happened to his son. In this Age of Autism piece Disabled CA Boy's Testimony to SB277 Lawmakers: "I Love Going To School. Please Don't Take That Away From Me." we can read what Joshua wanted to tell legislators.

Despite the fact that he wasn't able to address the Health Committee, Joshua did make his speech before a huge crowd at the capitol on June 25, 2015.

Here is part of what Joshua had to say about the reality of vaccine injury and what doctors and legislators are willing to close their eyes to.

"We asked why this had happened, and the doctor said it was most likely a reaction to either a vaccination or an airborne virus, the latter being rejected since he'd had no signs of illness.  The doctor then slammed the door shut on further discussion of how our healthy son went from walking to being paralyzed.  There was no investigation to specifically determine what had caused our child to go from walking and running into a wheelchair for the rest of his life.  At a later date, we took our son to Johns Hopkins for further testing.  There, doctors investigated every possible reason why our son might have become paralyzed from Transverse Myelitis, every possible reason except for vaccines.  This made no sense then, and it makes no sense now, as every doctor that Otto saw at four different hospitals mentioned that the vaccines he received in close proximity to his paralysis were the most likely culprit."

Recently I contacted Joshua Coleman so he could tell us more about his experiences.

I asked Joshua about the rally against SB277 held on June 25, 2016 in Sacramento and about his remarks.

“We showed up at the capitol and there was a large rally, hundreds and hundreds of parents—possibly about a thousand—showed up and several of us gave speeches. I spoke about my experience with vaccines. My son was vaccine injured at seventeen months old.

“I have his vaccination cards here. I actually looked at his vaccination records. At seventeen months old, he had received thirty-seven vaccines, which is about three times the amount I got in my entire adult life. He ended up paralyzed with transverse myelitis.

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Adult Immunization Rates are Targeted through Standing Orders

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By Mary Romaniec

State and local health departments, along with large medical practices, are poised to increase adult immunization rates by implementing policies and procedures that support a program known as “Standing Orders.” 

At a recent event held in Boston, a small group of demonstrators stood outside the Westin Copley hotel where the Take A Stand™: Use Standing Orders to Improve Adult Immunization Rates workshop was taking place.  The workshop is described as “a unique national program being conducted for a limited time by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), supported by a sponsorship from Pfizer”.

If IAC sounds familiar it is because they are the group that boasted how they used their listserv to get “Vaxxed” banned from Tribeca Film Festival.

Demonstrators explained the problem is that Standing Orders is a form of collusion and corruption to push pharmaceutical interests, spreading it out across the country via the kind of workshops held in Boston.  In other words, they are going straight to health departments and doctor practices to show them how to increase adult immunizations rates via on file Standing Orders to vaccinate according to the CDC adult schedule (flu, shingles, boosters).  The move essentially shuts down public knowledge and discourse on the subject by going around state legislators or open forums for discussion. 

According to Dr. L.J. Tan from IAC, “Our challenge is adult immunization rates are very poor.  Standing Orders allow a practice to routinize administration of vaccines,” Tan said. 

By routinize, Tan clarified that it meant the practitioner, or someone on staff, can have a conversation about the need for boosters or other adult vaccines.  However, the caveat in the details is that it means your personal physician can write in your medical charts a “standing order”, which can then be done against your knowledge or will in any hospital setting. 

What happens in hospitals?

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On the "Vaxxed" Tour: Portland, Maine and Cyndimae's Story

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NOTE: Here is Anne's "Wake up." We hope Americans wake up to the tragedy that is vaccine injury.  Baby Cyndimae will never wake to another day.

By Anne Dachel

Polly Tommey and the rest of the “Vaxxed” team continue to talk about all the parents they’re meeting on the tour and their accounts of horrific suffering and death as a result of routine vaccination. These children must not be forgotten. Their lives have to mean something. This must stop.

Here is the interview of a mother in Portland, Maine, Susan Meehan. Her daughter was severely injured and eventually died as a result of her vaccinations.

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Pharma Adverts on TV: What Will You Say?

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A petition is circulating to put a halt to the current Gardasil vaccine campaign.

TELL THE FTC: Merck HPV Vaccine Television Commercial IS FALSE & MISLEADING

By Cathy Jameson

When we were on vacation last week, my kids were reintroduced to cable television.  At one point, after they’d watched a few shows, I asked the kids to count how many big pharma commercials they saw being advertised.  In a short amount of time, quite a few had flashed across the screen.  Since they couldn’t fast forward through the commercials, which the kids admitted were getting annoying, they turned the volume down, talked amongst themselves, and waited for the drivel to be over.  I was proud of them.  

Not too long ago, they’d have been glued to the tube and ready to repeat whatever it was they heard… 

After getting Ronan off to school one morning several years ago, I could feel a migraine coming on.  Rest, in the form of a quick nap in a darkened room, is usually all I need to stave off a headache, so I asked my children to play a little quieter so that I could do that.  My kids had what they thought was a better idea.  They recalled what they’d heard on TV and thought they’d offered me some health advice instead. 

Mommy, just take that medicine.  It makes headaches go away.  Then, you’ll be all better. 

Three of my kids nodded to each other and then smiled at me – Yeah, there’s that one that makes you feel better.  You can take that one.  It makes headaches go away fast.  The commercial said so!

I asked my oldest to repeat herself.  She repeated only the last part:  The commercial said so!

Pro-vaccine plots on PBS shows had me begin to limit my children’s television time already.  The day that my children suggested that I just pop a pill was the day we decided to completely cut cable out of our lives for good.  Sure, I miss sitting on the couch and vegging out to mindless television at the end of a very long day, but I don’t miss the annoying, in-your-face advertisements that had my children questioning me.  It was a pivotal day for me as a parent and one that I’ll never forget. 

That day, I looked at my daughter and said, “Honey, Mommy doesn’t need any medicine.  I just need a quick nap.  Give me 20 minutes, and I’ll be okay and ready to play with you again.” 

I could tell she wasn’t convinced that a quick nap would do the trick, but she shuffled the little ones into the playroom and found a quiet game that they could all play together.  I closed the curtains and laid down on the couch in the living room for 20 minutes.  I slept.  Hard.  And woke up refreshed and headache free as I knew I would.  After I’d gotten up from the quick nap, I unplugged the TV. 

Twenty minutes.  It was all I needed to get rid of the headache.  It was all the time that my daughter needed to trust me again, too. 

I called the cable company later and told them that we didn’t need them anymore.  Trying to convince me to keep a service I didn’t want or need, the representative attempted to offer me more incentives – prime movie channels!  live sports events!  more channels than I’ll ever have time to watch!  I listened to the pitch and then politely said, “No.  No, thank you.  We’re done with cable.”

If I want to watch television shows, I can still do that.  I may be a season or two behind with what the rest of the world is currently watching, but without cable TV, I can still veg out at the end of a long day and watch a show or a feature-length movie.  The best part is that I’m not forced to sit through anything that targets ‘anti-vax’ parents as idiots.  I’m not forced to watch big pharma commercial after big pharma commercial after big pharma commercial during a daytime talk show.  I am free to pick and choose what I want to watch and when I want watch. 

I may pay a small price to have other viewing options, but I can still enjoy television – mindless or otherwise, through several avenues:  online streaming, Redbox, Netflix, and even YouTube.  Now, YouTube has gotten a tad annoying with their choice of ads that they feature – and that you can’t skip, but I can mute the volume and look away.  My kids know to do the same when they see questionable advertisements, especially ones that big pharma pays for.  Sadly, the big pharma commercials, like the latest HPV vaccine advert that I heard other parents discussing, are the ones we can’t always skip over. 

Since we made the decision to cut cable television out of our lives all those years ago, I was unable to see the latest HPV vaccine advertisement when it aired on TV.  Turns out, I didn’t need to have cable to see it – I was able to find the commercial online at the end of last week.  I was not impressed: Merck HPV vaccination commercial.

Others were not impressed either.  Citing the commercial false and misleading, a petition has been created, which you can share in your groups and on social media sites.

I can’t mute every advertisement we hear on the radio or rip out the ones that I see in print before my kids are exposed to them, but I do my best to keep adverts, especially the ones sponsored big pharma, out of my family’s life.  I’m encouraged that others are doing so as well. 

Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.


Week One: Autism for Adults

FutureBy Kim Stagliano

Quick update on my oldest daughter's first week in her adult autism day program.  The future I worried about is here. And guess what?  Although it's very early, I'm not as terrified as I thought. Dare I say we have:

Relief!

Success!

Happiness!

Our team has worked really hard to welcome Mia to her new routine.  The program is part of a large Mia summer 2016organization here in Fairfield County, CT.  They offer over 40 "day programs," and Mia will be in two. One is arts based the other, her core program, is called "INSPIRE."  Mia calls it, "InSPIDER." We love that.

We've had excellent communication. Texts. Emails. Notes.

The transportation office has be patient with me.

And Mia seems to be happy.  Today, she is delivering Meals on Wheels in the area. I love that.

More soon!


Breitbart Reports: Parents Sue to Stop SB277

Goodbye CAExcerpted from Breitbart. 

A group of parents and organizations sued the State of California last Friday in an attempt to stop the vaccine mandate that now stands in effect for the upcoming school year.

Six parents and four not-for-profit organizations joined together to file the lawsuit against the State of California and its applicable departments and authorities. The plaintiffs seek relief based on “a child’s right to an education” as “long recognized” by the California Supreme Court, according to court documents.

The four organizations joining in the lawsuit are: Nevada-based Education for All, D.C.-based Weston A. Price Foundation, Nevada-based Citizens for Health, and Georgia-based Alliance for Natural Healt

Waves of efforts to stop vaccine mandate SB 277 failed to stop the legislators bent on its passage. The bill that became law and went into effect on July 1 of this year eliminated California parents’ choice in whether to vaccinate their children unless they have the means to homeschool or enroll a child in non-classroom-based independent study. Gone are the personal belief waivers that allowed parents to opt a child out of even one dose of a required vaccine and still attend public or private school.

Those that opposed SB 277 did so for a host of reasons and from across the political spectrum. California now has one of the most stringent vaccine mandates in the country. As the new lawsuit states, 47 states allow some sort of personal or religious exemption from required vaccinations.

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Andrew Wakefield Speaks on Project TENDR Pediatric Health Risk Assessment

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By Anne Dachel

Top researchers—all respected scientists—are saying that we are poisoning the brains of our children with the industrial/consumer products that they are exposed to everyday. Consensus Statement HERE.

Take note of the chilling words: “The vast majority of chemicals in industrial and consumer products undergo almost no testing for neurotoxicity or other health effects." While they don’t talk about vaccines, the same thing is true when we talk about the neurotoxic effects of the chemicals and combined viruses we use in vaccines—they have not been studied.

Dr. Wakefield announced the publication of this consensus statement at the 2nd Annual Health Freedom Rally and Candlelight Vigil at City Hall, in Santa Monica, Califiornia on July 1st, 2016.

Andy was introduced by Wendy Silvers, Founder, MillionMamasMovement. He began his brief talk by asking who in the audience had NOT seen “VaxXed.”

He continued:

“There are times in history when change occurs, there are times when change becomes inevitable, when change becomes unstoppable. The camera rolls and the world bears witness. A single voice cries out against the many voices of corruption and is heard. A time when the government sells the lives of your children to corporations in order to line their pockets.

“That time has come. That time is now. We must make that time, now you must make that time now.

“In ‘VaxXed’ the camera rolled and the world is bearing witness. ‘VaxXed’ brought you the single voice, the lone voice of Dr. William Thompson, and that is changing everything. He is silencing the lies and the corruption of all those who have gone before.

“So now is the time. Now is the time to overthrow the corporate rule of this country and to bring the power back to the people.

“I want to share with you one thing, amazing news that came through this morning. I just want to read this to you.

‘An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, health professionals, and children’s health advocates agreed for the first time that today’s scientific evidence supports a link between exposure to toxic chemicals in food, air, and everyday products, and children’s risk for neurodevelopmental disorders. The alliance, known as Project TENDR, is calling for immediate action to significantly reduce exposure to toxic chemicals to protest brain development for today’s and tomorrow’s children.’

“And let me just add a caveat to that. In this article, they talk about mercury, they talk about pharmaceuticals, they come within a hair’s breath of saying what you have known all along, of saying vaccines. You and I know because we’ve witnessed this for twenty or more years, and that is where this is going. And they know it. The people that wrote this paper wrote it in large part because they do not want to end up on the wrong side of history.

This is something that you have known for a very, very long time, and you have been telling them And kicking and screaming, they have now been brought to the table and decided that it’s politic, that it’s scientifically the correct time to get onboard and say what? That this is what we believe. Will they say that parents were right all along?

“No, they won’t. No they won’t, because that would be an indictment of them. But believe you me, this is being written because many NIH scientists, EPA scientists on here do not want to end up on the wrong side of history.

“But believe me, I will not let them forget where they stood. I will not let these agencies forget where they stood barely one year ago. They do not absolve their consciences that easily. All of this has been known during the writing and the passage of this insidious and most dangerous bill, SB277.  And it must be destroyed for the children of California and the children of the world.”

America has been warned. We must take immediate action. We cannot say that known neurotoxins in vaccines have been exonerated. Like all these other products allowed by government oversight agencies, vaccines have not been thoroughly studied. THIS HAS TO BE A MAJOR ISSUE IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

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It's Not a Perfect World but I'll Take It: 50 Life Lessons for Teens Like Me -- Who are Kind of (You know) Autistic

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We are so happy to see this review of Jennifer Rose's book in the NJ Patriot Ledger!  Jennifer's Dad Jonathan has written for AofA, as has her Mother, Gayle DeLong.  Talented family!  Congrats, Jennifer!  You can buy a copy at Amazon now!

"It's Not a Perfect World But I'll Take It: 50 Life Lessons for Teens Like Me -- Who Are Kind of (You Know) Autistic" By Jennifer Rose

(Skyhorse Publishing, 116 pp, $12.99)

Jennifer Rose is a promising writer with a great eye and a keen sense of humor. She is not, though, simply a promising autistic writer with a great eye and a keen sense of humor.

Rose, of Morristown, has written this slim book of life lessons in the form of short essays. The essays are fine, albeit a tad repetitive. The repetition is the book's main problem, but the most obvious flaw is a 23-word title. It's ungainly and smacks of a certain cynicism on the publisher's part: Are they fearful people with autism and those who love them would not buy the book unless this never-ending title were on the cover?

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Dr. Rob Ring and What Went Wrong at Autism Speaks: Everything

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By Katie Wright

Well, almost everything

Dr Ring’s tenure decimated AS Science. Ring chose to fund approximately 30 large studies. A small percentage of these grants are of passable value but most of Ring’s scientific choices are wasteful fiascos. Probably 5% of Ring’s grants deliver value to AS consumers. Virtually none of Ring’s grants will help people struggling with autism now. What follows are lists of the largest grants made during Dr. Ring’s tenure as AS’ Chief Scientific Officer.

 

EARLI                $1.6  million

Earli studies have, by and large, been a massive disappointment. EARLI/ AS studies have spent a lot of money spent on hopelessly redundant parental age research, studies on the dangers of cigarette smoking to fetuses (newsflash, I know) and maternal infections. EARLI research is not supposed to be SOLELY prenatal in focus. There are about a twenty maternal infection studies, it’s a good subject but we needed EARLI to study POSTnatal immune challenges. This is an overreaching problem w Autism Speaks science; their continual failure to study any issue remotely novel and their failure to represent consumer priorities to EARLI. No one, not 1 ASD parent wants more “old parents cause autism research.” Most ASD parents want postnatal immune research but Ring’s consistent disregard for consumer priorities were a signature of his leadership.

Ethnicity and Autism/ Screening/ Study of

Training Comm. Partners UCLA            $450,000

Screening Koreans                                      $400,000

Rural Bangladesh & Autism                     $400,000

South Central LA & Autism                      $300,000

Urban Autism Placement                         $400,000

Frenchman (Eric Fombinne) Study of Latino ASD Screening in Portland OR (the dumbest of all)

$300,000

TOTAL $2, 300, 000

I leave this to the reader to judge. Nothing inherently wrong with awareness programs or educational training. The question is whether or not this should be the high financial priority it is?  Would African American Latino, Asian ASD kids benefit most from awareness programs or treatment? Who benefits most from these grants? The investigators and universities or actual families struggling w autism?

Baby Sibs

Early ID and Databases          $1, 200, 000

Amount Wasted:                      $1, 200, 000

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Dirty Deeds Often Require Dirty People: Book Review of Master Manipulator by James Ottar Grundvig

Master Manipulator COVERNOTE: We excerpted this review of "Master Manipulator: The Explosive True Story of Fraud, Embezzlement, and Government Betrayal at the CDC” from Epoch Times. Read the full review here.

By Lou Conte

Dirty deeds often require dirty people.

For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Poul Thorsen, the subject of James Grundvig’s just-released book, “Master Manipulator: The Explosive True Story of Fraud, Embezzlement, and Government Betrayal at the CDC” (Introduction by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.), was the right man at the right time.

In the late 1990s, the CDC’s Vaccine Safety Division, led by Dr. Coleen Boyle, was facing a growing public realization that autism was reaching epidemic levels. Many parents and some scientists suspected vaccines were the culprit in triggering the catastrophe. They pointed the finger at the increasing levels of Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in many vaccines. In a stunning failure of oversight, no government regulatory agency caught the fact that mercury exposure in childhood vaccines vastly exceeded safety limits.

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Utah Autism Whistleblower Lawsuit Will Go to Trial After Federal Judge Denies a Majority of Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss

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By Mark Blaxill

In a development sure to put the integrity of the CDC’s autism surveillance estimates in the spotlight, a Federal District Court Judge for the District of Utah issued a ruling Friday that effectively guarantees a Utah autism whistleblower her day in court.  Judge Jill N. Parrish denied a majority of motions by Dr. William McMahon of the University of Utah to dismiss allegations by Dr. Judith Pinborough Zimmerman that McMahon and his colleagues acted improperly in retaliating against her for raising concerns over their research misconduct, violated university policies by terminating her contract without proper review, and impugned her reputation in the process.

Dr. Zimmerman filed her lawsuit against Dr. McMahon nearly two years ago, in a complaint that describes a heated dispute between the two scientists over the proper handling of confidential health and education records as well as the accuracy of the data records used in measuring Utah’s autism prevalence as part of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) autism surveillance project, the Autism and Development Disabilities (ADDM) Network. Since 2002, Zimmerman had been the Director of Utah’s ADDM Network site, the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities (URADD). She joined the University of Utah in 2005, bringing the URADD grant with her. She was removed from her URADD and university positions in 2013.

Zimmerman’s lawsuit alleges that McMahon and colleagues violated federal records privacy restrictions in efforts to carry out lucrative additional research projects; these were privacy restrictions that she had carefully negotiated with the Utah Departments of Health and Education in order to bring URADD into compliance with federal law and protect autism families from unwanted use of their personal and family information. When Zimmerman expressed her concerns over privacy and data quality issues to University authorities, McMahon summarily fired her, locked her out of her office and placed himself in charge of URADD. Since Zimmerman’s dismissal, McMahon has become the PI of the URADD and watches over Utah’s contributions to the CDC’s ADDM reports.

In addition to raising issues of research integrity and privacy, Zimmerman’s allegations have broad implications for the integrity of CDC’s autism surveillance estimates. Court documents reveal that Zimmerman was concerned that errors in Utah’s autism data were finding their way into CDC estimates beginning with the 2010 ADDM report, which provided estimates of autism rates among children born in 2002. If uncorrected, these errors might have continued in the 2012 report released earlier this year, measuring autism rates in children born in 2004.

Utah’s autism rates carry unusual importance in part because Utah’s reported autism rate in the 2008 ADDM report was the highest of all participating sites. In that report, Utah’s rate of 1 in 47 children born with autism in 2000 was the highest rate ever recorded in the United States; it was also an increase of 155% over Utah’s 1994 birth group, which at the time was the third highest rate in the country. Since reaching a peak in the 2000 birth group, Utah’s autism rates have plummeted while most other states have shown continued increases in the last two ADDM reports.

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Vaxxed's Del Bigtree: You Have Been Heard! Video

VaxxedEditor's note -- Is Del Bigtree the best thing to happen to the vaccine injury awareness movement in a long time? I vote yes. Thanks to John Stone for pointing out this powerful speech -- one of the finest I've heard in 11 years on this beat -- by Del in Santa Monica on July 1. As John put it: "A colossal speech which particularly focuses on our bought-out media, and the news black-out on the William Thompson affair." Del compares the Thompson revelations to new evidence that might exonerate a death row inmate but is dismissed because the case is supposedly "proven." That would never fly. Similarly, he shouts, "The science is never settled!." Tell it, Brother! Let the fireworks continue! And check it out, everyone. -- Dan Olmsted



On Defending the Religious Vaccine Exemption as We Celebrate Our Freedom

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From the National Vaccine Information Center.  Freedom.

By Barbara Loe Fisher


Every summer, Americans celebrate the 4th of July to mark the day in 1776 when the American colonies agreed they would no longer be ruled by an aristocracy. The Declaration of Independence begins with, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” That Declaration was a rejection of oppression by a ruling aristocracy and the pledge that this country would uphold the unalienable natural right to life and liberty that belongs to every person.  

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The American Revolution and Health Tyranny

British-american_flagNote: We first ran this post on 7/4/14. It's as relevant as ever, perhaps more, as SB277 has taken effect in California, removing almost all vaccine exemptions and punishing families.  Why is it a country founded on freedom has so freely relinquished medical rights from coast to coast?

By John Stone

This article is written for HealthChoice.org

I have always been drawn to United States history so I hope it will not be taken amiss if I offer an Independence Day  perspective of a British citizen: we are, of course, all heirs of that revolution one way or another across the globe: more so today than ever perhaps. Immediately speaking there are two striking facets (I just had to correct the typographic error “strifing”): the incredible historic dynamism of the nation created by this event but also the great amount of thought that the founding fathers went into trying to prevent the re-emergence of the tyranny which they had just escaped. Perhaps never has so much thought gone into avoiding “oppressive government” even if many of the leading participants in the new republic still regarded it as their right to own slaves.

Nearly two and a half centuries on it is possible to see that powerful interests can buy their way into every aspect of a nation’s life defying almost every measure that was ever laid out against oppressive government. Just over half a century ago, as he left office, President Eisenhower famously warned about the military industrial complex and the domination of intellectual enquiry by commercial interest:

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