Study Time

Study timeBy Cathy Jameson

In our ever-growing world where the science can never be settled, we need passionate and dedicated scientists.  Scientists are known to spend a great deal of time studying and learning from the natural world around us.  Their discoveries are based on their observations and experimentation and then presented for others to see.  Data is important, but one thing I sometimes see being forgotten in the field is recognition of the actual human being who has contributed to scientific findings and statistics.  I was reminded of that after catching up on reading a few studies last week.  One in particular, which was about using social media to help parents understand and improve their attitudes about vaccines, brought me right back to the time when I began to question vaccines, my doctor, and Science. 

Before I had kids, and even after having them, I would never have said that I had an attitude about vaccines.  Back then, I honestly never thought too long about them.  I just knew I wanted them without any sort of hesitation.  But, after observing my son fall ill post-vaccination, I started having doubts.  As I began to question them, I realized that I didn’t have enough information beyond what the doctor was telling me.  Since she only offered positive vaccine thoughts and a very strong opinion supporting them, I set out to find the facts I wanted and needed.  Like parents today who also have questions, I had to learn how to look for unbiased information.  I had to learn how to discern what I heard from other people.  Putting emotions aside, I had to learn how to weigh what I was being told by the pediatrician and also factor in what my gut was telling me.  She said that they were necessary and would help my children be healthier.  But after seeing reactions while also learning that they were not required for school entry, I really wasn’t sure what I was being told about vaccines was completely true.  As she kept pushing them despite the problems Ronan was having, I became one of those parents who was “on the fence” about vaccines.  I needed more help.  But from where? 

I needed rock-solid Science.  Surely, that could help me. 

As a child, I never liked Science.  I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t appreciate it.  The sicker Ronan became, though, I was drawn toward it.  Spending countless hours at the library (think pre-internet days) and finding myself spending the most time searching for and reading books from the Science section, I was forced to learn more about topics I should’ve paid better attention to when I was in school.  Being the parent of a chronically-ill child, I’ve had to rely on Science as well as people in the medical community in order to support my son and his intense needs.  In the long run Science did help.  So did keeping my son, and what he was dealing with, forefront in my mind. 

In retrospect, that should’ve been proof enough.  But my naiveté kept me from seeing reality.  Plus, others, like our doctor, refused to see the human in front of them, too.  Eventually, I knew that I couldn’t discount what was happening right in front of me.  And when I discovered that other people elsewhere were reporting similar issues with their kids, I knew that I was onto something. 

I hadn’t yet found those other people but soon would. 

In those early days when I had gotten as far as library searches could take me, I began to use the internet.  Unsure of how to navigate it like I can today, I wasn’t always confident in what to look for.  Thankfully, I kept at it and explored all that I could.  What a treasure trove of information!  Even so, I wasn’t prepared for the rabbit hole I was about to walk into after a family member told me to check out something called a discussion board.  Tip toeing into one, I was overwhelmed, but I was also glad to discover that other people were asking the very same questions about vaccines that I also was.  Thank God for those early Yahoo! Group days. 

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"Prehistoric Autism Neurodiversity"

Scribbles I just completed the paperwork to send my gorgeous almost 22 year old to  day program for the severely disabled. She can watch Wonder Pets for 24 hours straight. I can't even begin to tackle this argument for "prehistoric" autism, a diagnosis that did not exist in any lexicon before the 1930s with a shred of respect.  Draw your own conclusions.  Kim

Prehistoric autism helped produce much of the world's earliest great art, study says

Harsh Ice Age conditions may have favoured the selection of genes which allowed some humans to focus on tasks in great detail for long periods, scientists believe.

Much of the world’s earliest great art is likely to have been created by gifted early humans on the autism spectrum, new research by British scientists suggests.

Archaeologists working in conjunction with autism experts have concluded that humans were able to produce the first realistic art some 33,000 years ago because ice age conditions drove the selection of particular combinations of genes.

Harsh conditions favoured the natural selection of genes which predisposed some humans to develop abilities to focus on tasks in great detail for long periods; to perceive their environments in three-dimensional terms in an enhanced way; to develop greater image retention abilities; and to develop greater aptitudes to identify and analyse patterns of geography and movement. Read more here.

Universal Flu Shot

Flu panicBy Teresa Conrick

Is this the answer to the issue of flu?  Leave us a comment and share your thoughts.

From Scientific American:

Key facts -

-  If all goes according to plan, the annual flu shot protects about 60 percent of vaccinated people.

-   Last month Bill Gates announced his foundation will be earmarking up to $12 million to advance such work

-   Sen. Edward Markey (D–Mass.) introduced a bill in February that would provide $1 billion in government funding for a universal flu vaccine.

-   The White House also gave a nod to the universal flu vaccine; its Office of Science and Technology Policy tweeted in March it is “closer than ever.”

-   “It’s a scientific challenge because there are still so many things we don’t know,” says Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID. And even if such a vaccine were developed, a perfect inoculation that protects against all flu types, is “unattainable,” he says.

-    The more we learn the less we understand,” says Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy.

-   Moreover, beyond clinical trials and regulatory hurdles there are also a vast array of technical roadblocks ahead, which include making these shots profitable for developers yet affordable for consumers and deciding who should receive these inoculations—and when.

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Use of Restraints in Schools Up

RestraintBy Anne Dachel

On May 17, CBS5 in Scottsdale, AZ aired the story, Family of autistic student alleges assault, cover-up during use of restraints at school 

For parents of children disabled with autism, there are lots of worries, especially when they go off to school. (I say this as the mom of a 31 year old son who spent a lot of 3rd grade sitting UNDER his desk.)

Behavior that stems from anxiety and fear can have serious results in school, as this CBS5 story shows.

Sean McCarthy is NON-VERBAL (like an estimated 25% of the autism community), and his family noticed a change in his behavior. They linked it to what was happening to him at school in Scottsdale, and it resulted in a lawsuit.

“In newly filed state and federal lawsuits, the McCarthys allege untrained school staff repeatedly restrained their son - physically grabbed and held him - without informing the family as required by a 2015 law.

“The lawsuits also claim district administrators failed to turn over key records and school employees took steps to cover up their actions.”

This went on for two years:

Sean’s parents claim that what happened to their son was assault.

“The family’s federal lawsuit, which was filed this month, claims the restraints were unlawful and amounted to assaults. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages.

“Scottsdale Unified declined to comment on the case because it involves pending litigation, but in court documents, the district denied the family’s allegations and maintained the restraints were legal. The district said the restraints were used to protect students or staff from Sean ‘biting, hitting, kicking, flailing and punching.’

Schools in Arizona have had the legal right to use restraint and seclusion since 2015— when ‘behavior presents an imminent danger of bodily harm to [themselves] or others.’

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Laurel Yanny Has Autism

Laurel yanny
There's a craze sweeping Facebook this week. An audio file whereby some folks hear "Laurel" and others hear "Yanny." There's a crazy woman in Connecticut every week. She just heard autism rates went up again. 

Really?  Folks are taking time to listen to an audio clip to see if they hear what the herd hears. You know what I hear? Elmo Saves Christmas. The theme song to The Wonder Pets. A Go Talk with my voice programmed into it calling for "ice cream. ice cream. ice cream. I need the bathroom."

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Homeschoolers In ProVaxxer Crosshairs for Abuse While Rotenberg School Electrocutes Students with State Approval

© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc In this booking mug released Monday, May 14, 2018, by the Solano County Sheriff's Office is Jonathan Allen. Police said Monday they had removed 10 children from a squalid California home and charged their father with torture and their mother with neglect after an investigation revealed a lengthy period of severe physical and emotional abuse. The children range from 4 months to 12 years old, said Fairfield police Lt. Greg Hurlbut. The father, Jonathan Allen, 29, faces felony charges of torture and child abuse and the 30-year-old mother Ina Rogers faces child neglect charges. She was arrested March 31 and released after posting $10,000…

Follow the money.   No one at AofA condones any sort of abuse of children.  Period. But as California has created an Orwellian vaccination system, articles targeting home schoolers like this one will become the media rage.   Take a look at this photo. Does this look like a "homeschooling Dad" to you? Is that the headline you would write?  This arrest isn't about homeschooling.

Children Allegedly Tortured - MSN

Meanwhile, in my home state of Massachusetts, the Rotenberg school, named after a Judge with whom my own Dad played golf at Highland Country Club (he used a footwedge, according to my Dad, think Judge Smails) they use ELECTRO SHOCK as an aversive conditioning behavior strategy with full knowledge and funding of the many states who send children there. Even the parents know their kids may be shocked while in the program.

But home schoolers are dangerous in that they slip out of state control. They are autonomous. Are all h0me schoolers terrific teachers? Nope. Are they all gang banger monsters? No.  But you can bet your bottom dollar (and most of us autism families are hanging onto our bottom dollar for dear life) that you'll hear about every single story of abuse, just like every case of measles or chicken pox.   It serves the agenda. Increase vaccination and decrease medical choice.





Study Says Parents Fail to Notice Regression 98% of the Time

Oblivious momNote: Like you, we find this rather hard to believe.

Many children eventually diagnosed with autism lose social skills between 18 months and 3 years of age. But few parents notice this trend, according to data from a large Norwegian study.++

Researchers presented the unpublished results yesterday at the 2018 International Society for Autism Research annual meeting in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Parents notice regression in only 2 percent of the children who lost social skills, according to the study.

Regression can be characterized by either a sharp or gradual loss of language, social and other skills. Many more children with autism regress than researchers originally thought, says Alexandra Havdahl, a research fellow at Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, who presented the findings.  Read more art Spectrum News here.

DoJ Summons Aquino Over Dengvaxia Mess

DengvaxiaNote: While we're glad to see repercussions, the fact that children were injured and died means there is no joy in this post. Just an obligation to share with readers.

From the Manila Times:

The Department of Justice (DoJ) has summoned former President Benigno Aquino 3rd and two former Cabinet secretaries to respond to the criminal charges filed against them in connection with the series of deaths and serious illnesses of children inoculated with the controversial anti-dengue Dengvaxia vaccine.

A panel of investigating prosecutors issued a subpoena compelling Aquino and his former aides to appear today, May 15.

The DoJ will conduct its preliminary investigation on the complaint filed by two anti-crime advocacy groups and the families assisted by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO).

Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Rossane Balauag heads the DoJ panel. The members are Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Hazel Decena Valdez and Assistant State Prosecutors Consuelo Corazon Pazziuagan and Gino Paolo Santiago.

The complaint was filed by Philippine Anti-Corruption Commission Commissioner and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) lawyer Manuelito Luna, and Eligio Mallari of the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution Inc. Read more here.

1 in 21 Children in Belfast Now Have an Autism Diagnosis

image from upload.wikimedia.orgby John Stone

Below is the most recent of a series of letters I have written posted in on-line British Medical Journal responding to an article by Prof Russell M Viner, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. While Prof Viner was trying to challenge the British government to focus on the health of children and young people, I have been trying to get them both to focus on the tragedy unfolding in our midst: this is the sixth letter since March assembling data from official sources (with much help from Anne Dachel), without a single response. The Northern Ireland Department of Health deserve special praise because all the previous data relating to current autism prevalence in schools comes from education sources. Here at least they recognise and expose the scope of the problem, which represents in greater detail the situation across the United Kingdom. One thing this does is to lay to rest completely the better recognition and diagnosis argument because we actually have here very large numbers of children with extreme levels of disability, not with marginal traits which might have been passed over in the past. In Belfast you are dealing with approaching 3% of the school population who are autistic and with Stage 5 support (the highest level).

Re: NHS must prioritise health of children and young people Russell M Viner. 360:doi 10.1136/bmj.k1116

The Northern Ireland Department of Health Information Analysis Directorate are to be commended for producing a detailed analysis of the prevalence of autism in schools in the province authored by Iain Waugh [1], the first from any United Kingdom health body I have seen since the middle of the last decade. The results of this survey are unfortunately in line with data I assembled in this column below [2,3,4,5,6].

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Kalman Hettleman Thinks 80% of Sped Students Don't Belong in Sped

Crowded classBy Anne Dachel

Last week the World Mercury Project reported on the special education epidemic happening around the world in Part 4 of their series.

“In this four-part series, World Mercury Project's partner, Focus for Health (FFH), examined the special education epidemic, its crippling effects ...”

The WMP’s evidence that increasingly students in our schools today can’t learn or behave as children always have should be cause for follow-up by the national press, one would think, but sadly it’s probably not going to happen. In fact, they’ll do just the opposite.

Sunday, May 13th the Washington Post addressed this critical topic. The headline said it all: Veteran policymaker says 80 percent of special-ed kids don’t need that label

The Post, like every other mainstream news source out there, has never addressed the explosion in special needs students as a crisis. The truth is, it’s been completely ignored. Staten Island may have 24 percent of its students in special education, 22 percent in Racine, WI, 20 percent in Wahkiakum, WA, but still, it’s no cause for concern.

However, when an impressive group like the World Mercury Project, led by well-known environmentalist Robert Kennedy, Jr., calls what’s happening in special ed an epidemic, it’s  definitely going to draw more attention to the topic. The public might ask where the big name sources in print and broadcast news have been. Why have they said absolutely nothing about this?

The truth is, just like with the horrific increases in autism over the last two decades, the job of the media seems to be to first ignore the situation, and when finally forced to talk about it, deny anything is wrong.

This is exactly what the Post did in their story. The author of the piece, Jay Mathews, is the education columnist for the Post where he’s been working for nearly 50 years. Mathews interviewed Kalman R. “Buzzy” Hettleman who served two terms on the Baltimore school board and was deputy mayor of Baltimore and Maryland secretary of human resources. Surely these two people should be able to tell us what’s going on.

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The Gestics of Power: Barcelona Artist Luis Quiles Destroys Appetites for Consumption and Obedience

Luis Quiles

(A Spanish translation is at the end of this post.)

By Adriana Gamondes

Age of Autism is honored to announce the release of a new book by Barcelona artist Luis Quiles titled The Antisocial Networks which Quiles describes as a personal dissection of modern society.

The book also includes several stunning expressions of vaccine politics which the artist has generously allowed to be published here for the first time.  Though most regular readers will recognize the figures immortalized in the images above, included are CDC Whistleblower William Thompson, California Senator and vaccine mandate crusader Richard Pan, and vaccine industrialist Paul Offit.

Quiles’ book is available for preorder on Amazon only in Spain, Italy and France, but since Amazon USA carries other of Quiles’ works, The Antisocial Networks may eventually be available for direct order in the US.  Quiles’ past and current works can be viewed via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  and DeviantART.  

Predictably, the art of Luis Quiles is often flagged as “NSFW” (not safe for work) and “adult content” because it unflinchingly covers a range of ironies, tragedies, atrocities and exploitation from child sex trafficking to war collateral to the pandemic of cyber alienation. Be warned: his work is an assault on conscience. Just don’t ask him what it means. In the Spaceman crowdfunding website through which Quiles published the book to avoid censorship, Quiles will only outline his general intent:

I see my work as a way to grab people by the chest and shake them to make them think about what they see.

Quiles describes being bombarded with criticism that his work is gratuitously perverse by people who are either unaware of the long and honored tradition of artists using black humor, garish symbolism and raw suffering to trigger political awakening… or by those who are fully aware of the power of political art to do just that and would rather it didn’t.

If political art wasn’t powerful, Bill Gates wouldn’t have attempted to hijack the tradition  to push vaccines in 2015. Furthermore  political art and satire wouldn’t be included as major strategies in the bible of civil disobedience, The Politics of Nonviolent Action by Gene Sharp which has been used by resistance movements around the world.

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Los Gésticos del Poder: el Artista Barcelonés Luis Quiles Destruye los Apetitos por el Consumismo Obediente

Luis Quiles

(An English translation is at the end of this post.)

Los  gésticos del poder: el artista barcelonés Luis Quiles destruye los apetitos por el consumismo obediente

Por Adriana Gamondes

Age of Autism tiene el honor de anunciar el lanzamiento de un nuevo libro del artista barcelonés Luis Quiles titulado The Antisocial Networks que Quiles lo describe como “una disección personal de la sociedad moderna.”

El libro también incluye varias expresiones impresionantes sobre la políticas de vacunación que el artista generosamente ha permitido publicar aquí por primera vez. La mayoría de los lectores habituales reconocerán las figuras inmortalizadas en las imágenes más arriba, que son del denunciante del fraude del CDC,  William Thompson; el senador de California y defensor de la vacunación  completa obligatoria sin excepciones, Richard Pan ;  y el fabricante de vacunas Paul Offit.

El libro de Quiles está disponible para solicitarlo en Amazon solo en España ,Italia y Francia, pero como Amazon USA tiene otras obras de Quiles, The Antisocial Networks  pueden estar disponibles para pedidos directos en los Estados Unidos. Las obras pasadas y actuales de Quiles pueden verse a través de Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  y DeviantART.

Como era de esperar, el arte de Luis Quiles a menudo se tilda de "NSPT" (no seguro para el trabajo) y "contenido para adultos" porque cubre inquebrantablemente una serie de ironías, tragedias, atrocidades y explotación del tráfico sexual infantil, las guerras sucias hasta la pandemia de la alienación cibernética.

Tenga cuidado: su trabajo es un asalto a la conciencia. Simplemente no pregunteal autor qué significa. En el sitio web Spaceman a través del cual Quiles publicó su libro para evitar la censura, Quiles solo describe su intención general:

Veo mi trabajo como una forma de agarrar a las personas del cuello y sacudirlas para que piensen en lo que ven.

Quiles describe ser bombardeado con críticas de que su obra es desubicada y perversa por personas que, o desconocen la larga y honrosa tradición de artistas que usan el humor negro, el simbolismo chocante y el sufrimiento crudo para desencadenar el despertar político ... o por aquellos que son plenamente conscientes del poder del arte político para hacer justamente esto y prefieren que esto no suceda.


Si el arte político no fuera poderoso, los artistas que lo crean no recibirían amenazas de muerte, Bill Gates no habría intentado secuestrar la tradición con el  propósito de impulsar las vacunas en el 2015,  y no se incluiría como una estrategia importante en una de las Biblias de la desobediencia civil, The Politics of Nonviolent Action por Gene Sharp.

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Rooting Out Bedhead by Maurine Meleck: Autism and Other Brushes with Chaos

Rooting out bedheadJoin us in congratulating our dear friend, autism Grandmother extraordinaire Maurine Meleck on the publication of her poetry book.

We have a copy for two lucky readers. But we'd love you to buy a copy!  $16 includes shipping. Please use Maurine's Paypal me address: 

Author’s Note

This is not a book about politics.

I promised myself I would not salt

these pages with tasteless verbiage

about an autism epidemic,

stirred for two decades

without politicians or the media

lifting the pot’s cover.

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More Than a Mom

Happy mother's dayBy Cathy Jameson

We got rid of cable a few years ago.  Disappointed with rising fees and discouraged that my children were picking up bad habits from characters on the kids’ shows they were watching, it was one of the best parenting decisions we made.  Initially, I missed some of the channels and programs I’d gotten into the habit of watching.  Over time, though, we as a family created new habits and screened better what we wanted to watch.  With how quickly one can stream current shows and movies, I am glad that can still watch TV.  We control better now what comes into our home.  That said, I’ve been known to binge watch a show that some think absolutely ridiculous: Grey’s Anatomy

Now, I know that it’s not the best show out there, but at night, after the kids are tucked in, and before my husband and I catch up on a documentary or a previously-aired cable show that we missed, I sit there and watch some mindless (to me) television.  Purely for entertainment purposes, Grey’s Anatomy is total TV drama.  Until one day, it wasn’t. 

In a flash back scene in season 6, Dr. Ellis Grey was insulted by a male co-worker.  Telling her that she didn’t need to go in the operating room with him and that he could handle it because she “had her daughter to think about,” she rebuked him.  “I gave birth to a child, Richard.  That makes me a mother.  It doesn’t make me inept.  It doesn’t make me less of a woman.  It doesn’t make me less of a surgeon.  No matter how much everyone else wants it to.” 

I clapped. 

I may have quietly shouted out “Yeah!” after that scene also. 

While I know that it was just a scene on a popular TV drama that has little to no morals, I couldn’t help but think of how many times that I, too, have been dismissed like Grey was because I was a woman.  It’s happened while talking to administrators and others who had the power to help us but didn’t.  It’s happened while talking to medical staff about my son.  Not only that, I’ve been insulted for asking direct medical questions because I’m not a formally trained medical person.  Worse, I’ve been told that I can’t know what I’m talking about because I’m just a mom.  I can deal with misogyny.  I can and do fully admit that I am not a nurse or a doctor.  But to disregard the most important role I have as a mother is the lowest of the low.  It happens.  It happens to me, to other moms, and more times than it should.

Before I was a mom, I had a professional career.  Once I had my degree and license, I put my heart and soul into teaching.  An elementary school teacher, I was told many times that I was a good teacher.  I loved my job.  Only when I started to have my own children did I think I’d ever take a break from it.  Grateful for the chance to stay home to raise my children, I enjoyed the short break from planning, grading, and creating curriculum.  Always with the thought of returning to the classroom though, while home I kept up with what was going on in the education world as well as with maintaining my credentials.  But when Ronan got sick, I knew heading back into the classroom wasn’t going to be as easy.  Even so, I continued to plan for it.  I never intended to have to walk away from the workforce completely as I eventually had to.  Ronan’s needs were just too great.  Some days, I miss having a career that I loved – being out of the house, teaching, contributing to society, making money, but my calling now is that of being a mom.  Some don’t care to recognize the value or intensity of motherhood, but there really is no other job like it. 

The role of a lifetime, being a mom is fulfilling.  In the early, tiring days, I didn’t always think that, but now that I’ve being doing this motherhood thing for 16+ years, I do.  My kids seek me out first.  They tell me things first.  They share personal things with me first.  They want a hug from me first.  Ronan can’t share all of his thoughts or feelings like his siblings do, but that doesn’t stop him for seeking me out as well.  With his signs, or after typing a request, he tells me,

Mom help movie please yes. 

Mom more eggs meat cereal yes. 

Mom no no thank you. 

While cryptic at times, his messages are always purposeful.  He wants me, my help, and my immediate attention.  I burst with pride when he does that, but at the same time, I lose myself in being his Mom. 

Most days, I feel that I’m more Special Needs Mom than Cathy.  I’m more Special Needs Mom than Wife sometimes, too.  Putting all of my energy – both good and bad – into mothering Ronan, I forget to take care of me.  I forget to divide my time with his siblings.  I end up forgetting to share things with my husband, too.  Finding a balance – wife/mother and also wife/special needs mother – and keeping that balance takes work.  What can I do to create that?  If I forget to pour my cup first, I know that I’ll run out of steam.  If I slow down too much, though, I may lose the motivation I need to put one foot in front of the other.  Not every day is the same and not every situation with Ronan plays out the same way, so I find myself having to try, try again whatever it is I’m hoping to get done.  

The other day, after an exhausting day that included being outside in the heat longer than usual, a young woman we’ve grown fond of saw me.  It was at the end of one of Ronan’s little sister’s sports events where Ronan had immediately lost interest in being there as soon as we arrived.  At the end of the game, with Ronan in tow and in awe of how I do the things I do, she said, "Mrs. Jameson, I don't know how you do it.  Teach me your ways."  I could’ve gone on and on about how this wasn’t what I signed up for, that this isn’t what I thought motherhood would be like, that I hope she’d think twice before vaccinating when she has kids, but I took a different approach.  Instead of bemoaning or highlighting how very hard life was for me and Ronan for the last few hours, I replied, "It takes a lot of peace, a little bit of patience, some coffee in the morning, sometimes some chocolate in the afternoon....and every now and then, a splash of vodka in the evening." 

Smiling at her, we both then laughed and laughed.  We found humor in what had been a tough situation.  All joking aside, I was at a breaking point when she saw me earlier that afternoon.  Glancing at us during the game, I know she recognized that it wasn’t easy for Izzy’s brother to be there.  Because of that, she knew that it wouldn’t be a cakewalk for me either.  Ronan wanted to go home.  But it was Izzy’s turn to shine, and I wanted to be there for her.  Putting her needs ahead of Ronan’s and mine, because easily I could’ve made an excuse and taken him home, I encouraged Ronan to make the most of it.  Eventually, he did.  He settled for some snacks and a game on brother’s iphone.  In doing that, I got to see Izzy play and others got to see that I could finally enjoy the rest of the game. 

That young woman at the game saw and appreciated a side of me that some of Ronan’s professionals do not.  She understood that I had to juggle much more than I expected to.  She saw that I did that only with love, too.  I don’t get that same response other places, especially from some medical providers.  But as long as those who chose to support my family know and respect that I am more than a mother to my kids, that’s what matters.  In supporting us they get to witness me, my children, and my husband doing more than we ever expected, imagined, or thought we’d have to.  We could pitch wild fits about it and complain all day long about it, but we don’t.  How could we?  Ronan’s autism certainly is not a gift, but he, and all that we’ve learned from him, is and always will be. 

I may not be an educator in a classroom anymore, but I find that I am still teaching others.  It isn’t science, social studies, or mathematics like I used to teacher.  It’s unexpected lesson in life like that young woman witnessed last week.  To those who care, to those who listen, to those who respect us, thank you.  Thank you for helping me be more than a mom to my little family.   

Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism. 

If You Knew a Train Was Coming, Would You Get Off The Tracks?

Ounce of preventionNote: This post is from the TACA blog.   If you could halt the processes that result in an autism diagnosis, would that be considered preventive medicine? A cure?

By Gita Gupta

What if you could detect #autism risk at birth?

What if autism could be detected as early as birth, using biomarkers –  rather than at age 2-5 years, using behavioral characteristics? That’s what Dr. Naviaux’s new study aims to find out, using data from the newborn screening program. (You may recall Dr. Naviaux’s groundbreaking work on Suramin in autism – see earlier blog post here.)

The newborn screening (NBS) program started over 50 years ago to screen for a disorder called Phenylketonuria (PKU.)  PKU can cause irreversible brain damage if it is left untreated. However –  if detected early, before symptoms occur in the first few months of life, and treated with a modified diet, brain damage is prevented, even though they still express the abnormal gene.  The goal of the newborn screening program is to identify babies with disorders like PKU early, so that treatment can be started right away. These days, millions of babies in the U.S. are routinely screened for various genetic, endocrine, infectious and metabolic disorders, using a few drops of blood from the newborn’s heel.

What if we could do something similar for autism? Could some cases of autism really be prevented by catching the chemical risk signs by a blood test at birth, and treating before the first symptoms occur? Would you change your child’s environment? Monitor medical conditions differently?

Read on to learn more about Dr. Naviaux’s study.

Dr. Naviaux’s Newborn Screening Autism Risk Study

In most cases, autism is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental triggers. If autism risk could be identified at birth, we may have a better shot at preventing the consequences of environmental stress before behavioral symptoms become visible.  Dr. Naviaux’s new study looks at data from the newborn screening program for patterns of metabolic dysregulation that indicate autism risk.

Dr. Naviaux’s study has three phases. In the first phase, it will look at newborn screening data from California’s NBS program. All babies born in California are screened for over 80 disorders using a few spots of blood from pricking the heel.  About 60 different measurements are done on the blood spots, looking for metabolites, the substances necessary for metabolism. These metabolites include acylcarnitine, amino acids, etc. Mitochondrial dysfunction is correlated with about 50 metabolites on this test.  READ MORE HERE.

Gates Foundation Buys Cochrane Collaboration Group

StrawNote: From The Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP.) AHRP  is a national network of lay people and professionals dedicated to advancing responsible and ethical medical research practices, to minimizing the risks associated with such endeavors and to ensuring that the human rights, dignity and welfare of human subjects are protected.

This may be the last straw in dissolving the illusion of scientific integrity in reviews published by the Cochrane Collaboration group.

With a $1.15 million “donation” – chicken feed for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – they have purchased the Cochrane seal of “science-based reviews”. The medical literature has been corrupted at its core.

Medicine is and has been for a long time, the domain of Big Pharma, and Big Government with the acquiescence of the medical academic institutions.

For those of you who are under the illusion that the purpose of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and its financial “donations” is about philanthropy and the good of society, please, examine some of the empirical evidence that I have gathered documenting the contrary at:
Betrayal of Public Trust & Institutional Corruption: Vaccine Safety Ratings & Vaccine Science Falsified

The insidious influence of the Gates agenda is in evidence. For example, the just released purported “systemic review” of the HPV vaccine by the Cochrane:
Prophylactic Vaccination Against Human Papillomaviruses to Prevent Cervical Cancer and its Precursors
by Marc Arbyn, Lan Xu, Cindy Simoens and Perre PL Martin-Hirsch

The authors claim “We judged most included trials to be at low risk of bias” – is an oxymoronic statement, inasmuch as they concede that “all but one [study was] funded by vaccine manufacturers”.

ALL industry funded studies are designed to protect the company’s financial investment. That is THE overriding primary bias. In vaccine clinical trials in particular, there is a built-in bias; namely, the comparator arm.

The so-called “placebo-controlled” comparative vaccine studies do not use a genuine placebo. They include an adjuvant such as aluminum or mercury in the so-called “placebo” comparators both of which generate serious adverse effects. They use these adjuvants precisely in order to mask the serious risks posed by vaccines.

Next, the repeated claim that the HPV vaccine “prevents cervical cancer… There is high-certainty evidence that HPV vaccines protect against cervical precancer in adolescent girls and young women aged 15 to 26.” These are knowingly false statements.

The Cochrane reviewers acknowledge that the “Studies were not large enough or of sufficient duration to evaluate cervical cancer outcomes.” Cervical cancer doesn’t show up until many, many years later in women in their 50s. In fact, the study did not last long enough to ascertain whether it prevents cancer or any other disease.

The authors’ claim “We did not find an increased risk of serious adverse effects. Although the number of deaths is low overall, there were more deaths among women older than 25 years who received the vaccine. The deaths reported in the studies have been judged not to be related to the vaccine.”

The Cochrane Collaboration is indeed collaborating with its financial sponsors/ donators. Its “systematic review” of the MMR, aluminum and the HPV are a mockery of its claim to the source of “Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better health.”

Independent scientists who reject the financially profitable medical dogma have been reduced to publishing under pseudonyms for fear of reprisal!

Read more at AHRP here.

Frustration Lasts Long After April

Bang-head-hereBy Tim Welsh

I once was so full of myself, arrogant and prideful that I believed hook line and sinker the advertising propaganda  sold to us that carrying an American Express Card for 20 years made me a better person. 


Then one day the bottom fell out of my world Lost resources, bills stacking up and mortgages to pay. I can’t relate how fast those that said “I was a member” ran away. We had to fight back to solvency by ourselves. Nobody understood the depths of our financial despair. Even if they did, they had their own issues and could not really make a difference. 


I tell you this testimony, not to pick on American Express or shame a society that turned its back at one of my lowest times in life. I relate it as something you might relate to. Hopefully, you will take it literally and not over extend yourself financially. The bigger picture, I really hope to convey is about the health of your baby and family.

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Study: Increased Rates of Cervical Cancer in Sweden Linked to Increase in HPV Vaccinations

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Study: Increased Rates of Cervical Cancer in Sweden Linked to Increase in HPV Vaccinations


By Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

A new study published in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics examined cervical cancer rates among women in Sweden and discovered a link between increased cervical cancer rates among women aged 20-49 during a two-year period between 2014 and 2015, corresponding to increased HPV vaccination rates in this population group, years earlier, when mass HPV vaccinations started in Sweden.

Women above the age of 50, during this two-year period, saw no significant cervical cancer increase and were likely too old to have been vaccinated with the HPV vaccine.

Since the study casts doubt on the efficacy of the HPV vaccine, and, in fact, links the vaccine to increased cancer rates, it is highly unlikely you will read about this in the U.S. corporate-sponsored media, where nothing negative about the blockbuster HPV Gardasil vaccine is allowed.

The study was conducted by Lars Andersson, PhD, from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institute in Solna, Sweden.

Dr. Andersson states that:

…when the Swedish media discussed the increase in the incidence of cervical cancer, the health authorities were unable to explain the increase.

So Dr. Andersson discussed the possibility that mass HPV vaccination rates actually could be the cause of increased rates of cervical cancer:

HPV vaccination could play a role in the increase in the incidence of cervical cancer. About 25% of cervical cancers have a rapid onset of about three years including progression from normal cells to cancer.

Therefore, an increase may be seen within a short period of time.

Gardasil was approved in Sweden in 2006. In 2010, the vaccination of a substantial number of girls started. In 2010, about 80% of the 12-year-old girls were vaccinated.

Combined with 59% of the 13–18-year-old girls vaccinated through the catch-up programme in the same period, one can say that most girls were vaccinated.

Thus, the oldest girls in the programme were 23 years old in 2015; and this is well within the younger age group shown in Fig. 1.

Dr. Andersson points out that even the FDA’s own analysis of Gardasil in 2006 showed a higher risk of “premalignant cell changes” from the vaccine in certain groups that had already been exposed to some HPV strains:

Read more here.


Controversy has arisen around the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics article because the author had submitted under a false name to escape professional persecution. After consideration the the journal's editors decided not to retract the article and made the following statement:-

On May 8, the KI informed us that its department of physiology and pharmacology did not have any person of this name and requested us to remove the name of the institution. So, on the same day a correction was carried out and the name of KI was removed and duly intimated to KI.

Since then, we have investigated and learned the identity of the author. The author has said that he used a pseudonym because he believed the use of his real name would have invited personal repercussions from those opposed to any questioning of vaccines.

This deception of the journal’s editors is unacceptable. The author could have asked the editors for confidentiality, giving the reasons. Editors may choose to publish articles without revealing the true name of the author, if it is determined that the circumstances justify it.

However, we considered the matter and decided to keep the article on the site as the issues raised by it are important and discussion on it is in the public interest. The author’s true name is withheld at his request.



Tracy Kettering PhD BCBA-D on Increasing Autism Numbers in New Jersey

Tracy-Kettering-Ph.D.-BCBA-D-Bancroft-Center-of-ExcellenceBy Anne Dachel

A story from New Jersey this week is proof, once again, that experts who actually admit something is wrong—that the unending autism rate increase might be a real increase, will never demand we stop it from getting worse.

Tracy Kettering PhD BCBA-D wrote the piece in the New Jersey Courier Post on May 9th entitled, New autism rates surprising? Not to us.  

The numbers don't surprise her

Kettering has a doctoral degree in special education and behavior analysis from Ohio State University, and she is the Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Center of Excellence at Bancroft. She’s an expert on autism and she's not bothered by yet another increase in the autism rate nationally or at home in New Jersey, where it's now ONE IN EVERY 34 CHILDREN, ONE IN EVERY 22 BOYS.

While Kettering did attribute the new rate to “diagnostic improvements,” she hinted that there might be something else going on.

“And let’s be honest: With all the remarkable research being conducted throughout the country, we still don’t know what causes autism, and it’s possible there also could be a true increase in prevalence of autism – not just better diagnostics.”

Kettering talked at length about the need to provide services and early diagnosing.  Other states have to “be prepared for these increases”…because things are only going to get worse.

 “What we do know is that autism cases continue to grow – and have continued that upward trend for decades. “

“It also means demand will be greater than ever for well-trained, highly educated, caring clinical staff, special educators and direct-support staff Job securitywho provide the critical day-to-day support to support the children and adults served.”

My questions for all the experts like Kettering who acknowledge that THE INCREASE MIGHT BE REAL are these: When will the numbers be alarming? How bad do things have to get?

Although Kettering sounded satisfied that experts are hard at work on autism, I have to ask, what has the “remarkable research” on autism actually gained for us? ASD is still a complete mystery to every health official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, no one at the CDC would ever concur with her that “there could be a true increase.” Each and every new rate announcement, including the latest one, has come with the caveat that there is no evidence that more children actually have autism. The new numbers were attributed to an increase in recognizing autism in black and Hispanic children.

My final question for Kettering is specifically this: What will you be saying when the rate in New Jersey is one in every 10 children? No one is saying that it's not coming. 

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


National official average is 13 percent.

Hazelton, PA: 15 percent of students are sped.

Sioux Falls, SD: 15 percent of students are sped.

Worthington, MN: 15 percent of the students are sped.

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Six Year Old Dies In India After Measles Vaccination Family Questions No Autopsy

WeepNote: So much sadness here.  The family has lost their precious daughter following a measles rubella vaccine. The school sent a child who "unconscious" onto the school bus. And the child was cremated without an autopsy after this sudden death - which has been attributed to gastroenteritis. That's gut injury. Measles vaccine. Gut injury. Death.  The lack of autopsy prevents any further discussion or scientific answers as to Miss Kaur's death.  In America, you will learn of every case of measles as if the Black Death has knocked on your door.  You will be told that the young gastroenterologist in the United Kingdom who some 20 years ago asked whether MMR vaccination MIGHT be connected to gut injury and autism is now a disgraced monster. Over and over and over. You will not hear about this case, however. Rest in Peace, child.


From Tribune India

The cause of death of six-year-old Gurnoor Kaur, who died after being administered the MR vaccine in Bathinda on Saturday, could not be ascertained as the Health Department did not conduct her post-mortem examination. They contended that her family had not given their consent for it.

However, her family said they were never asked to get the autopsy done. Subsequently, she was cremated at her native Jai Singhwala village during the day. Notably, an hour after her cremation, Civil Surgeon HN Singh held a press conference and attributed her death to gastroenteritis. Civil Surgeon Hari Narain Singh said, “We could not get the post-mortem done as parents of Gurnoor Kaur did not give their consent to do so. The child’s condition worsened after 28 hours of the MR vaccination and according to experts, side-effects of the vaccine are witnessed a few minutes after the vaccination. So it is clear that the child did not die due to the vaccine.”

Kulwant Singh, father of the deceased, said, “No official asked us to get the post-mortem conducted.”

Beant Singh, the girl’s uncle, said, “Gurnoor was a healthy child and had no signs of any ailment until she was administered the MR vaccine. Although she was normal on Friday after the MR vaccination, on Saturday afternoon, Harnoor was brought home in an unconscious state by the school van driver.” Beant Singh said, “The school management neither informed us regarding the deteriorating condition of the child nor did they admit her to hospital. She was sent home 15 km from her school in an unconscious state, which wasted a lot of crucial time. She was declared brought dead at hospital.” Amanpreet Singh, incharge of the Adarsh School, said, “The child was a bit inactive but after being given water, she was normal. We would have taken her to hospital, if her condition was not normal.”

Andrew Versus Andrew

AndrewBuuncombe_bylineBy Anne Dachel

Mark [Blaxill] stated ‘You can’t make America great with all these sick children and more coming’. Trump shook his head and agreed.”

Andrew Wakefield: [Talking about his conversation with Donald Trump] "We went on to discuss the issue of the autism crisis in this country which is set to affect one in two children by 2032 according to the CDC's own data if nothing is done, if nothing changes. That's 80 percent of the boys in this country. There is a national crisis.”

Andrew Buncombe reports for the British newspaper, The Independent, and he is out to discredit Andrew Wakefield because Wakefield has refused to back down from his claim of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism and bowel disease in children.

Buncombe isn’t interested in Wakefield’s research. I’m sure he’s never bothered to read Callous Disregard,   the book in which Wakefield explained how he became involved in the most heated issue in pediatric medicine and what he learned about the MMR vaccine.

Buncombe’s real interest is discrediting ANYONE who dares to question the ever-expanding, unchecked vaccine schedule. He couldn’t care less about what autism is doing to millions of children around the world, in fact, autism is barely mentioned in his reporting. 

(On a personal note, having spent a summer in the hospital in Rugby, England after a car accident, I am aware that a surgeon in Britain is addressed as “Mr.” Dr. Wakefield in these stories is referred to as “Mr. Wakefield,” but I suspect that it’s done more to discredit him than to acknowledge his prominence as a surgeon in gastroenterology. No one in the media is interested in his findings as a GI doctor.)

Here are some of Buncombe’s latest reports. Judge for yourself what his real agenda is.

May 6, 2018, UK Independent: How a Muslim community overcame disinformation linking vaccines to autism

…When health officials in Minnesota were confronted by the biggest outbreak of measles in decades, they knew that earning the community’s trust would be crucial.

The section of the community most affected by the outbreak that eventually infected 79 people, the same as for the whole of the US in any average year, were Somali Americans. The vast majority were children under 10 who had not been vaccinated.

The state’s Somali Americans used to vaccinate their children more than other Minnesotans, but the rate fell, between 2004 and 2014, from 92 per cent to 40 per cent. Officials have linked this to visits paid to the community by anti-vaccine activist Andrew Wakefield and other campaigners, whose influence still reverberates..

“I think that before Andrew visited the Two Cities, Somali parents vaccinated their kids at around 90 per cent. But right now it’s 40, and that shows the fear’s impact and because of that you see a measles outbreak in the state of Minnesota.”

May 5, 2018, UK Independent: Trump claims vaccines and autism are linked but his own experts vehemently disagree

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It's the Numbers

LiesBy Anne Dachel

One of my favorite quotes about the media is this one from the movie, Argo: “If you want to sell a lie, get the press to sell it for you.”

This is exactly what’s happened.

There have been decades of decline in the health of children—developmentally, behaviorally, physically—and the press has reported on it all. It’s been endless, even tedious. We’ve been fed a steady diet of autism increases that should have stopped us all dead in our tracks, but officials have never been sure if higher rates mean more kids have autism. Autism has merely been a “concern” to the guardians of our health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  There is no need for worry, and that’s how the press spins it.

But it’s clearly more than just autism happening to more and more kids. Mental health is now a major focus of schools everywhere. Social—emotional learning is right up there with math and reading. Keeping kids calm is as important as final exams. The special needs student today is more likely to have behavioral problems than just learning difficulties.

Add to that the stunning numbers of kids with chronic health problems that schools are forced to deal with--asthma, allergies, seizures, diabetes, bowel disease. In-school clinics are becoming standard in lots of places because the need is there.

So why is this happening? Why are children today so unwell? No one is really sure, and no one really wants to find out. Awareness, acceptance, and accommodation are the only things we really care about. I know this for a fact because I’ve been following these stories specifically for a year and half and NO ONE EVER DEMANDS THAT WE FIND OUT WHAT’S GOING ON.

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This Is The Sickening Amount Pharmaceutical Companies Pay Top Journal Editors

Bribery-vectorNote: This article should be required reading for every vaccine injury denialist in the world. Science is nothing more than an industry, like coal or oil. Profits come first, second and third, with health outcomes far down the list. If a product doesn't work, Pharma can pay for fake science, pay off Editors and pretend to stroke preening academics who feel important in their ivory towers. It's a travesty in all sectors of health care. It's a downright sin when it comes to vaccination, because parents TRUST their children's very lives to pediatricians.



Scientific publishing is totally broken.
12 APR 2018

It's no secret that scientists can be corrupted - in the past, researchers have purposefully hidden data on climate change, and the dangers of sugar, just to name a few.

But while people can be bought, the scientific method itself - the idea that a hypothesis must be observed, tested, replicated, and the results then published in a peer-reviewed journal - has always remained a beacon of objectivity, assumedly free of bias by its very nature.

Unfortunately, in recent years scientific publishing has been running into serious trouble.

Through predatory journals, publication bias, and a publish-or-perish mentality, the way we practice the scientific method has been corrupted right under our noses - we're at a point now where some studies can't even be reproduced.

More recently, it's become clear that the system for publishing results on evidence-based medicine is broken, too.

On paper, evidence-based medicine is a good thing. It's how we get life-saving treatments and medication, and it's the requirement for any new drugs to be based on solid, peer-reviewed research.

But this assumes that peer-reviewed research will be unbiased, and that's not always the case.

Just last week, a report concluded that many clinical trials are greenlit based on a shockingly poor evidence base, sometimes without any published data. Read more here.

Does this Individualism-hierarchy Worldview Make My Yeti Look Fat?

Kim  Dryer bonnetNote: The headline isn't as kooky as this report below. Thanks Nancy H for sending it us to share.   This study says that the push to "educate" us into believing vaccines are as magical as fairy dust, as safe as a mother's hug and as necessary as air via "intervention programs" is a failure.  Well, lah de dah. Imagine that. Bullying fails. We believe what we see with our own two eyes. The study says that we tend to believe "conspiracy theories."  You can't color me and most of my colleagues with this broad "conspiracy nut" brush.    The more injured kids, teens and adults, the more the bubble is bursting on the Vaccines Are God industry.   Do I like this? Not really. It would be very nice if vaccines could safely protect from disease with ZERO harm. So would finding the Giant Pink Sea Snail with Dr. Dolittle.  For the record:

I believe the earth is a sphere. I believe we landed on the moon. I believe that 26 beautiful children and adults were slaughtered 15 miles up the street from me in Sandy Hook, CT. I believe that Mike Nesmith's mother created White Out. OK?  KR


The 'Attitude Roots' Underlying Antivaccination Beliefs

"Many intervention programs work from a deficit model of science communication, presuming that vaccination skeptics lack the ability to access or understand evidence," as explained in a new study published in Health Psychology.3 "However, interventions focusing on evidence and the debunking of vaccine-related myths have proven to be either nonproductive or counterproductive."

Emerging evidence suggests that targeting the underlying bases, the "attitude roots," of these beliefs may prove more effective than information-based strategies.4,5 To that end, the current authors aimed to determine links between antivaccination attitudes and 4 specific attitude roots:

  • Willingness to endorse conspiratorial beliefs
  • Disgust sensitivity toward blood and needles
  • Reactance (in response to perceived threats to one's autonomy or freedom)
  • Individualism-hierarchy worldviews (in contrast to communitarianism/egalitarianism)

The researchers used a data collection company to survey 5323 people (49.9% women) in 24 countries, using various scales to assess these measures.

Analyses revealed that the strongest antivaccination attitudes were found among participants with higher levels of conspiratorial beliefs (correlation coefficient [r], 0.334; P <.001), reactance (r, 0.235; P <.001), and disgust sensitivity (r, 0.201; P <.001). Although individualistic/hierarchical worldview was also associated with stronger antivaccination beliefs, the effect size was small (r, 0.186, P <.001). In addition, education and sex were not significantly linked to vaccination attitudes, whereas younger participants and more conservative participants had stronger antivaccination attitudes.

From a motivated reasoning perspective, the "goal of science communication is to align with people's underlying fears, ideologies and identities, thus reducing people's motivation to reject the science," the authors wrote. "If the motivation to reject the science is reduced, then people should become more willing to embrace the evidence on its merits."

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Would You Rather

Field tripBy Cathy Jameson

My daughter’s middle school class had a field trip recently.  At first, when I heard about the trip I didn’t think anything of it.  My job was to sign the permission slip, send in money, and hope to remember to pack Izzy a bag lunch the day of.  But in telling me everything they were hoping to do on that field trip, Izzy was so excited to go and asked if there was any chance I could take her.  I really didn’t think I could but I didn’t hesitate to tell her, “Let me see what I can work out.” 

It took some brainstorming, but I was eventually able to tell Izzy that I’d not just be able to bring her to the museum, I’d be happy stay with her, too.  “You’re gonna drive me and stay?!” she squealed.  Yep, I was.  Before she got too excited, I quickly let her know that I didn’t think I’d want to drive anyone else, just her.  That’s because Ronan and his part-time caregiver were going to have to come with us.  It wasn’t my first choice, but if I was to go, so would they have to go as well. 

The night before the trip, I was asked if I had room in the car to bring 2 more students to the museum.  I did.  But did I want the responsibility of driving them?  The field trip permission slip form is now multiple pages long.  In signing them, we parents release the school and the administration from any sort of liability.  We also sign off on allowing medical staff to attend to and treat our child should there any medical emergencies arise.  Initially, after reading those forms, I told Izzy that if she wanted to stay home instead of go with her class, I’d be okay with that.  We could do something fun together, a mommy date…just us.  But she really, really, really wanted to go, so I made sure I could.  But I had only planned to driving her up and back.  Could I add more people to the mix?  Yes, I could, but did I want to?  Thinking about those forms and my responsibilities as a driver made me shudder.  I’d have to think about it. 

When the field trip was first announced, I hadn’t even entertained the thought of going with Izzy let alone offering to drive her friends and also the young teacher who requested to join us.  Originally, I had nothing else planned for me that day and easily could’ve surrounded myself in silence.  When things get very busy for our family, as they have been lately, I crave silence.  I desperately needed it, but there’d be none if I opted to go on this trip.  My desire to be with Izzy that day was greater than my need for alone time.  So was my desire to help others.  So, on Tuesday morning last week, with a car full of silly middle schoolers, we took off. 

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Large Spanish study finds higher rate of pneumonia in vaccinated group (Pfizer's Prevnar 13)

image from www.pharmandorraonline.comThis  study is based on data from middle aged and elderly people echoes the finding of Mawson et al in their pilot study of health outcomes in children (vaccinated vs. unvaccinated) which found "The vaccinated were less likely than the unvaccinated to have been diagnosed with chickenpox and pertussis, but more likely to have been diagnosed with pneumonia, otitis media, allergies and NDD".

Evaluating clinical effectiveness of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccination against pneumonia among middle-aged and older adults in Catalonia: results from the EPIVAC cohort study

  • Angel Vila-Corcoles
  • Olga Ochoa-Gondar
  • Cinta de Diego,
  • Eva Satue,
  • María Aragón,
  • Angel Vila-Rovira,
  • Frederic Gomez-Bertomeu,
  • Ramon Magarolas,
  • Enric Figuerola-Massana,
  • Xavier Raga,
  • Mar O. Perez and
  • Frederic Ballester
BMC Infectious Diseases201818:196

Received: 18 December 2017

Accepted: 16 April 2018

Published: 27 April 2018



Benefits using the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) in adults are controversial. This study investigated clinical effectiveness of PCV13 vaccination in preventing hospitalisation from pneumonia among middle-aged and older adults.


Population-based cohort study involving 2,025,730 individuals ≥50 years in Catalonia, Spain, who were prospectively followed from 01/01/2015 to 31/12/2015. Primary outcomes were hospitalisation for pneumococcal or all-cause pneumonia and death from any cause. Cox regression models were used to evaluate the association between PCV13 vaccination and the risk of each outcome, adjusting for age, sex and major comorbidities/underlying risk conditions.


Cohort members were observed for a total of 1,990,701 person-years, of which 6912 person-years were PCV13 vaccinated. Overall, crude incidence rates (per 100,000 person-years) were 82.8 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 77.7–88.1) for pneumococcal pneumonia, 637.9 (95% CI: 599.0–678.7) for all-cause pneumonia and 2367.2 (95% CI: 2222.8–2518.7) for all-cause death. After multivariable adjustments we found that the PCV13 vaccination did not alter significantly the risk of pneumococcal pneumonia (multivariable-adjusted hazard ratio [mHR]: 1.17; 95% CI: 0.75–1.83; p = 0.493) and all-cause death (mHR: 1.07; 95% CI: 0.97–1.18; p = 0.190), although it remained significantly associated with an increased risk of all-cause pneumonia (mHR: 1.69; 95% CI: 1.48–1.94; p < 0.001). In stratified analyses focused on middle-aged or elderly persons and immunocompromised or immunocompetent subjects, PCV13 vaccination did not appear effective either.


Our data does not support clinical benefits of PCV13 vaccination against pneumonia among adults in Catalonia. It must be closely monitored in future studies involving more vaccinated person-time at-observation.



Real Autism Awareness - The Great Poisoning

Poison appleBy Louis Conte

Autism Awareness Month ended with yet another CDC late Friday afternoon press release announcing yet another rise in the rate of autism.

If you have bad news at the CDC, release it on a Friday afternoon and get out of town.

The new autism rate is 1 in 59 children born in 2006, 1 in 36 for children between the ages of 3 and 17.

This year’s announcement again claimed that greater awareness of the disorder by diagnosticians is causing the “apparent increase”. The 2018 spin is that the data is reflecting new cases from minority communities who had been previously undercounted, underserved and not previously represented.

But the truth is that the increase in autism blew through any artifact of data collection years ago. The implications are that the increase is real, awful, unbelievably expensive in dollars and catastrophic in human cost.

Schools are reporting increases in autism that require never ending budget busting costs for special education. Waiting lists for state funded services for people with autism are years long. Resources are drying up. Children with autism are growing into adults with autism and have adult needs. Families strain to support them. Parents won’t live forever.

People with autism suffer. Many deal with seizures, chronic pain and social isolation. How many times do we read about people with autism drowning, wandering away or being assaulted and abused.

If you are affected by autism, America has not been made great again.

Autism should not be celebrated with pretty blue lights as Autism Speaks suggests.

The better color is red.

Autism should be acknowledged with all the alarm of a blaring red ambulance light because that is a more accurate color for the reality of autism.

Autism is not simply an “urgent health care concern.” It is a national emergency. There are 200,000 adults with autism. At the current rate, there will be 5 million in twenty-five years.

The cost of the service infrastructure that will soon need to deal with millions of adults who need housing, food, social services and other needs will be crippling. Which is why, from a national perspective, the autism catastrophe needs to be addressed. Finding what is causing the increase in autism is no longer really a choice. It is imperative and that means having the courage to say what is really going on here.

The Myth is Crumbling

Usually, if the media covers autism, we are told that autism is a genetic disorder. Millions of research dollars have been spent searching for “autism genes.” All that has been found are genes that might predispose someone to autism.

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Chelsea Clinton Joins the Pro-Vax Injury, Lay the Guilt on the Vaccine Injured Village

Kim's Tweet to Chelsea

Chelsea ClintonBy Kim Rossi

How many of us defended Chelsea Clinton, the gawky, pre-teen, frizzy haired, adult teeth in the child's mouth First Child when Bill Clinton was first elected? Leave her alone! She's a child! Leave her mother alone! She's First Lady!  Chelsea was thrust into the same category as poor Amy Carter.  Not as attractive as a Kennedy child in world where the Internet (invented by her father's Vice President) was just starting to fire photos around the world faster than the clap spreads in a house of ill repute.  Speaking of disease...

Which brings us to Chelsea's recent Tweet gratuitous (not on your life, this is SCRIPTED and part of a larger agenda) attack on Dr. Andrew Wakefield who, some two decades ago postulated that science should look further into whether the MMR vaccine was possibly causing gut injury and related in some way to autism.

I don't care if Chelsea has given double vaccines to her son and daughter. It's her RIGHT as their mother to choose their healthcare. Is her son circumcised? Not my business.  Do her children eat sugary treats? That's between them and their dentist.

Many years ago, her Mom, Hillary Clinton, then First Lady, told us that it takes a village to raise a child.  That doesn't mean the village owns our kids.  We do not live in Shirley Jackson's "village" of The Lottery. We are not collectively Tessie Hutchinson, here so that the villagers can stone us to death for our medical choices because, "That's what we've always done."

Chelsea Clinton opines on Twitter that SHE - yes SHE!!! - will never forgive Andrew Wakefield - as she lays the blame of a measles outbreak at his feet. I am willing to venture that the logical, gentle Dr. Wakefield would be happy to sit down with her .  This would shatter her cartoon image of him as a villain within the first ten minutes of a conversation. 

Chelsea blossomed into quite a pretty woman (thank you hair care products, from this I know.) I looked a lot like Chelsea as a kid. Big teeth. Frizzy hair. Gawkasaurus!  I also blossomed into a pretty woman. We both have children. Except my daughters have severe autism.  And their village is called special ed day programming. 

She WON the Lottery. She's rich beyond measure.  Has two healthy kids. And can use her Twitter account to shame the village as she deems appropriate. 

Imagine getting into a dog fight with a community that you do not belong to - by the Grace of  God. A community of families reeling under the intense heartache, challenges, worries and stress of autism. We fight back. 

Kim Rossi is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.

Autism Rates Increase. 1 in 22 Boys in New Jersey.

Mc-jersey-shore-superstorm-roller-coaster-20170523NOTE: Maybe Bruce Springsteen will write a song about the boys with autism who can't find work in the closed factories... and who might never have their hearts broken by a Jersey girl. Born in the USA has become frightening as more families are learning their child has a diagnosis. We are in an emergency situation.

U.S. autism rate now one in every 59 eight year olds in America. In New Jersey, it's one in every 34 children, one in every 22 boys.

By Anne Dachel

The numbers are from 2014. Dare we suspect that they are even worse today? Is anyone alarmed because the New Jersey rate is so much higher than the national average?  What if the Garden State has the most accurate count of kids? 

The go-to guy on autism in New Jersey is Dr. Walter Zahorodny. His remarks in the press on the horrific rate in New Jersey are incomprehensible. 

Six years ago he admitted the possibility of a connection between vaccines and autism.

I wrote this for Age of Autism:

Walter Zahorodny, an associate professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, directed the autism study. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Nick Romanenko)

Finally, there's Dr. Walter Zahorodny, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark and he was the lead researcher on the New Jersey portion of a CDC rate study.  He was interviewed for in March, 2014 about the update in the autism rate to one in every 68 children.  Zahorodny said, 'It's a true increase. It's a change of great magnitude. It's silly to go on debating that.'  Furthermore, he said the numbers are going to get even worse.


Back in April, 2012, Zahorodny was featured on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC radio.

During the interview, the host brought up research on the possible causes for autism and he made this comment: "I guess we know what they aren't, for instance, childhood vaccines, right?”

This was Zahorodny's stunning response: "Vaccines don't play a significant role in autism increasing. Some small number of children probably do have autism because of an adverse vaccine reaction, but they don't make for the overall rise. Similarly, thimerosal, the additive in vaccines which was almost entirely out of the picture by 2000, which was when our children in the '08 study were born. So these kids, which would have seen declining autism prevalence if thimerosal was an important risk factor, not increasing prevalence. So I rule those two things out. There are other factors that would be more likely at play-demographical factors related to parents' age and other factors linked to that."

So a "small number of children" have autism because of their vaccines.  Shouldn't we all be concerned? 

While Zahorondny's claim that thimerosal was removed by 2000 is clearly wrong, his admission that yes, some kids really do become autistic after vaccinations, was alarming.

So how much of the rate increase is because of the vaccines children receive?

So now it’s 2018 and the numbers have once again taken a jump leap forward.

 Since NJ has the highest rate in the country, Zahorodny is being quoted in national coverage. He makes it clear that it isn’t just BETTER DIAGNOSING. The numbers show no sign of slowing down. He finds that worrisome...

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Autism Increase Barely Registers in Public Eye

IncreaseBy Anne Dachel

How fitting that the people who run the ever-expanding vaccine schedule (the one rife with charges of fraud, collusion and cover-up) also get to keep track of the autism numbers.

The rate is up again, but there’s no need to worry. It’s just more of the “better diagnosing” that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been famous for, for the last twenty years.

Notice the piece below by Ari Ne’eman in which he is adamant: THERE IS NO EPIDEMIC. It’s all just better recognition of a disorder that’s always affected a significant number of people.

The only malfeasance here is society’s failure to something about all the autism plaguing adults. We’ve ignored them for far too long. It’s time to right that wrong and find the undiagnosed/misdiagnosed in the adult population, according to Ne’eman.

Good luck with that. They tried it in Britain in 2011. Using survey questions, researchers surmised that autism affects adults at the same rate as children. Finding middle aged adults who would rather stay home and read a book than go to a party was supposed to be equivalent to masses of hand—flapping, head—banging, non—verbal six-year-olds.

April 28, 2018, Vox: The CDC just announced 1 in 59 children are autistic. Here’s why that’s not evidence of an epidemic. By Ari Ne'eman

Especially within minority groups, parents and doctors are getting better at identifying the condition.

The Centers for Disease Control this week released the latest autism prevalence numbers, which suggest that approximately 1 in 59 children are autistic. …

There is no autism epidemic, however. The numbers are likely changing due to improved diagnosis and services, more inclusive diagnostic criteria and reduced stigma rather than a change in the actual number of autistic people. …

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15 Deliberately Wasted Years - Revisiting "Autism in the United States: a Perspective"

image from vaccinechoicecanada.comBy F Edward Yazbak

Following the release by the Centers for Disease Control figures for autism in schools Age of Autism returns with the permission of Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons to an article Ed Yazbak  wrote in 2003. Last week the CDC published a rate of 1 in 59, which has suspiciously only been updated to 2014 and which contrasts with figure of 1 in 36 for 2016 published in a different survey last December, while a figure of 1 in 45 had already published for 2014. Back in 2003 Yazbak reporting against the steeply rising trend of that time excoriated the CDC for specious arguments, negligence and unaccountability. Nothing has changed except today the scale of the problem has become many times worse. Otherwise, the excuses and obfuscations remain the same. We might ask if there were problems of measuring the data then, why are they if anything even more inept and vague now?


Autism in the United States: a Perspective

F. Edward Yazbak,M.D., F.A.A.P.


Once rare, autism has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The increase cannot be attributed to changes in diagnostic criteria, which have actually become more restrictive. Already a heavy burden on educational facilities, the increasing number of patients afflicted with this serious disability will have an enormous effect on the economy as the affected children reach adulthood. Studies of all possible causes of the epidemic are urgently needed. To date, studies of a potential relationship to childhood vaccines have been limited and flawed. 
The important historical observation about autism is that it was unknown in ancient cultures, or even in medieval times, and that it just “appeared” some 60 years ago. 
Leo Kanner, while at Johns Hopkins, was first to describe autism in 1943. His article described 11 children who had an apparently rare syndrome of “extreme autistic aloneness.” Because these children’s symptoms started early, Kanner’s Syndrome was also known as “infantile autism.” In 1944, HansAsperger also described a group of children with similar symptoms who were “highly recognizable.” In the same year, Bruno Bettelheim theorized that children developed autism because their “refrigerator mothers” raised them in a non-stimulating environment, with resulting damage to their social, language and general development. Bettelheim’s credentials were questionable, and his theory has been discredited. 
Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., founder of the Autism Society of America and founding president of the Autism Research Institute (ARI), has thoroughly analyzed the ARI database of more than 30,000 entries and reported two clear trends: 
First, the incidence of autism has increased remarkably, becoming “an explosion” in recent years and second, a distinct shift in the time of onset of autistic symptoms has become evident. “Late onset autism (starting in the second year) was almost unheard of in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s; today such cases outnumber early onset cases five to one.” 
Parents in increasing numbers are reporting similar stories. A child, most often a boy who is developmentally, socially, and verbally on par for his age, suddenly stops acquiring new words Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact and skills in the second year of life and then regresses, losing speech, cognitive abilities, and social dexterity. Children in this group are said to have regressive autism. Further, overwhelmed parents may drift apart, and siblings’ stress may be manifested as behavior problems. 
Suggesting that a sudden and exponential increase in autistic disorders is not real, and results only from better diagnosis, amounts to denial. Similarly, though some affected children have Fragile-X Syndrome or a family history of autism, it does not seem reasonable to insist that the present autism outbreak is solely caused by hereditary factors. Genetic disorders have never presented as epidemics, and investing the scant available resources solely in genetic research diverts them from the scientific exploration of more plausible environmental etiological factors.




Dog Gone It! Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism!

DogDoctorCartoonNote: This article below was in the New York Times, the paper of record for vaccine injury denial (come on, WaPo, you slacker.) The article was in many newspapers, as the PR machine chose to lift its leg yet again on Dr. Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy in an effort to protect the vax industry.  Since autism is a defined set of behaviors, why couldn't an animal fall into the autism category? A dog could stop making eye contact, not response to its name, spin, have repetitive movements and stop socializing, just like a human. The major difference would be in terms of actual speaking with words.

Dogs get many of human diseases and conditions. WebMD discusses dog depression.  The American Veterinarian Medical Association said in a statement: "While adverse reactions can occur, they are extremely rare, and the benefits far outweigh the risks. Vaccination is the primary reason why deadly diseases like rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and panleukopenia have become much less common in U.S. pets. Pet owners should talk with their veterinarians about any concerns they have regarding vaccines, and to determine the best vaccination plan for each individual pet."  Our children don't get the option of a best plan for their own individual needs. As early as 1966, Vets were asking if dogs could be autistic.

From PetMD: ...Studies like this one indicate that autism could very well occur in dogs. But, it’s important to acknowledge that until more research is done, reaching a definitive diagnosis in an individual dog is anything but straightforward. Our understanding of typical and atypical canine behavior is simply too limited. Also, a number of other difficult-to-diagnose canine conditions (e.g., anxiety disorders and pain) can cause clinical signs similar to those associated with autism. Therefore, in all but a few exceptional cases, like the Bull Terriers mentioned above, the best veterinarians and owners can do for now is to say a dog might have autism.

For a dog to be tentatively diagnosed with autism, he or she should exhibit atypical repetitive behaviors and some degree of impaired social interaction with dogs and/or people. Also, a veterinarian must first rule out other conditions that might be responsible for the observed clinical signs.


LONDON — The anti-vaccine movement has come for the pets.

A spreading fear of pet vaccines’ side effects has prompted the British Veterinary Association to issue a startling statement this week: Dogs cannot develop autism.

The implicit message was that dog owners should keep vaccinating their pets against diseases like distemper and canine hepatitis because any concerns that the animals would develop autism after the injections were unfounded.

The warning has a long tail. It grew out of an anti-vaccine theory that rippled across the United States and Europe as networks known as “anti-vaxxers” claimed that childhood vaccinations could cause autism. The belief, promoted by some celebrities like the television personality Jenny McCarthy, who says her son has autism, spurred many parents to begin boycotting traditional vaccines.

Read more here.



Autism’s 1 in 59: From Breaking News to Heartbreak

Breaking newsBy Cathy Jameson

My day started early Thursday morning.  Up and out the door and on the go from before 7am to almost 2pm, I finally had time to sit down mid-afternoon.  After reheating some leftovers for a late lunch, I opened the usual websites - my email, AofA, and Facebook.  Within minutes of sitting down, I started getting emails.  Have you seen the new numbers??  New numbers?  The autism numbers!  Oh, that's right.  Usually published in early April, I, like many other parents, had been waiting for them to be shared.  Go look, but be prepared.  It’s not good.  Scared to find out, I jumped over to a few news sites.  There they were.  Considered breaking news, the new autism rate had been announced that morning: 1 in 59.

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The ‘new’ numbers aren’t so new though.  Based on data from years ago, and from only a handful children in only a handful of states, a more accurate rate is likely much higher. 

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Those numbers – they really don’t add up.  I know that.  Other parents like me know that.  But the general public doesn’t.  Unless they go looking for the information themselves, they won’t know how tragic it was for me to hear that newly published rate.  Too tired and sad to do anything fruitful, I looked for other stories to read.  Closing the news websites down, I kept the internet open for a few more minutes.  Having less than an hour before I had to leave the house again, I made sure to read stories that were completely unrelated to autism. 

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Medwatcher Japan "Joint Statement 2018 for the Victims of HPV Vaccines"

image from www.mers.jpJoint Statement 2018 for the Victims of HPV Vaccines 

On behalf of the victims of HPV vaccine damage in the UK, Spain, Ireland, Colombia and Japan, an international symposium; "The Current Status of Worldwide Injuries from the HPV Vaccine" was held in Tokyo on the 24th March, 2018. 

The meeting was convened to clarify the actual conditions of HPV vaccine damage, explore ways to relieve symptoms and promote recovery and discuss measures to support the daily activity of victims. 

When first noted, the symptomatology of HPV vaccine damage was variously described as Complex Regional Pain syndrome (CRPS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), but clinical symptoms and the course of damage were soon found to be more complex. One of the main clinical features of the Adverse Events (AE’s), reported after HPV vaccination, is the diversity of symptoms and symptom-development in a multi-layered manner, over an extended period of time. AE’s include complex, multi-system symptoms such as; 

-Systemic pain, including headache, myalgia and arthralgia

-Motor dysfunction, such as paralysis, muscular weakness, involuntary movement and seizures 

-Numbness and sensory disturbance 

-Autonomic symptoms, including dizziness, hypotension, tachycardia and diarrhea 

-Respiratory dysfunction 

-Endocrine disorders, such as menstrual disorders and hypermenorrhea 

-Hypersensitivity to light and sound 

-Psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, hallucinations and suicidal tendencies 

-Sleep disorders, including hypersomnia and narcolepsy 

In many cases, these symptoms impair learning and result in extreme fatigue and decreased motivation, having a negative impact on daily life and routines. 

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From ABCs to IEPs Social Emotional and Behavioral Problems Plaguing Schools

Abadnonned schoolBy Anne Dachel

Here is yet another look at the fall of education in America (and everywhere else in the English speaking world).

Months and months of stories have shown what should be obvious to all: our schools are noticeably different from what they were fifteen and twenty years ago, and certainly a world away from schools thirty and forty years ago.

What is undeniable is the fact that schools have to provide for more and more students who can’t learn or behave normally, and the demands for accommodations keep increasing.

So why isn’t this a critical issue?

How can “experts” make absurd claims that dismiss what’s happening and they’re never challenged?

Why is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allowed to produce the science that supposedly shows the explosion in social/emotional/behavioral problems is due to an increased number of parents abusing their own children and inflicting “adverse childhood experiences” on them?

Why are we just supposed to accept the claim that one in every five children now has a mental illness?

Why has there been a coincidental increase in students with a whole host of chronic health conditions?

Why doesn’t Education Secretary Betsy DeVos say anything about the increase in special education students, the millions being spent to address mental health issues in school districts, and why teachers still have to be trained to teach kids with challenging behavior?

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From ABCs to IEPs Anne Dachel Reports on Radical Changes in Schools

Abadnonned schoolSince January 2017 I’ve been gathering stories about kids in schools. Here is what I’ve put out on Age of Autism. They’re just a sample from a whole lot more, well over 3,000 in my files. Stories are never about declining numbers or situations getting better. I can’t imagine what I’ll find a year from now.

April 18, 2018, Tell a lie enough times, and it becomes the truth…ESPECIALLY IF PEOPLE WANT TO BELIEVE IT!

April 12, 2018, Nothing To See Here

March 27, 2018, ABCs Are Becoming IEPs in Education as Mental Health Issues Beset Districts

March 22, 2018, Schools Becoming the New Mental Health Institutions

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Breaking News: 1 in 59 children Born in 2006 have Autism, 1 in 36 between the ages of 3 and 17. What’s going on?

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On April 27, 2018 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2014 report of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.1 The report declares that the autism rate for 8-year-old children born in 2006 was 1 in 59, by 15% from the rate of 1 in 68 described in the 2012 ADDM report2 and an increase of 20% for the sites (6 out of 11) that participated in the 2012 survey.

The authors declared their new findings, “provide evidence that the prevalence of ASD is higher than previously reported estimates and continues to vary among certain racial/ethnic groups and communities.” Despite the fact that autism rates have risen from 1 in 149 in their initial 2000 ADDM report3 and from 1 in 10,000 in the earliest American studies,4 the new report only grudgingly acknowledges (on page 15 of 23) that “with prevalence of ASD reaching nearly 3% in some communities and representing an increase of 150% since 2000, ASD is an urgent public health concern.” Oddly, as it has become obvious that America has a raging autism epidemic, the CDC’s main goal in reporting autism rates is to suppress public concern over what is now a clear national emergency.

Notably, these new rates are significantly lower than those reported last November by another branch of the CDC, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In that study, the CDC reported a 2016 autism rate of 1 in 36 in American children aged 3-17 years old, and 1 in 28 boys.5

When the NCHS study was released, no major news outlets reported on what was a new record high rate for autism.6

Inexplicably, in the face of these extraordinarily high and [increasing] rates, the CDC’s official position on the autism epidemic has not changed. “More people than ever before are being diagnosed with ASD. It is unclear how much of this increase is due to a broader definition of ASD and better efforts in diagnosis. However, a true increase in the number of people with an ASD cannot be ruled out.”7

It is impossible to understate the seriousness of the autism epidemic. It has enormous implications for our country.

  • Something new and terrible is happening to a generation of American children.
  • Autism has largely been a problem of American children, imposing an overwhelming burden on American schools for the last three decades
  • There are less than 200,000 adults with autism today. At the current rate of growth, we will see an adult autistic population of 5 million in 25 years
  • If the epidemic doesn’t stop, a tsunami of disabled adults will soon overwhelm the infrastructure available to serve them
  • Today, most individuals with autism live with their parents. As this disabled population enters adulthood, their parents will die leaving them no natural caregiver.
  • We are not remotely prepared for the burden of this new population


  1. Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network Surveillance Year 2014 Principal Investigators. Prevalence of autism spectrum disorder among children aged eight years—Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 sites, United States, 2014. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2018;Apr 27;67(6):1-23..

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Big League Politics BREAKING: CDC Reports 20 Percent Autism Increase In Children

Big League PoliticsFrom Big League Politics: Read the full story here.


The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finalized the numbers in its autism prevalence report.

The report states that 1 in 59 children in the United States have autism (as of 2006 survey), which is a massive increase. The previous CDC report, released in 2012, stated that 1 in 68 children suffer from the disorder.

The new report states that 1 in 36 children between the ages of 3 and 17 suffer from autism.

CDC also reports a 20 percent increase in the rate of autistic children at the test sites that participated in the previous 2012 report.

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The report has been delayed for weeks due to in-fighting at the agency over the numbers. READ ABOUT THAT IN-FIGHTING HERE.

Big League Politics received primary source documents from a CDC insider, who provided the following summary of the new CDC report:

“On April 27, 2018 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2014 report of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. The report declares that the autism rate for 8-year-old children born in 2006 was 1 in 59, by 15% from the rate of 1 in 68 described in the 2012 ADDM report2 and an increase of 20% for the sites (6 out of 11) that participated in the 2012 survey.

The authors declared their new findings, “provide evidence that the prevalence of ASD is higher than previously reported estimates and continues to vary among certain racial/ethnic groups and communities.”

Despite the fact that autism rates have risen from 1 in 149 in their initial 2000 ADDM report and from 1 in 10,000 in the earliest American studies, the new report only grudgingly acknowledges (on page 15 of 23) that “with prevalence of ASD reaching nearly 3% in some communities and representing an increase of 150% since 2000, ASD is an urgent public health concern.” Oddly, as it has become obvious that America has a raging autism epidemic, the CDC’s main goal in reporting autism rates is to suppress public concern over what is now a clear national emergency.  Read more here.

One Prince is Born as Another UK Tot Told to Die by Legal System

Playing_godBelow is the story of Alfie Evans, a UK Tot for whom life will not be a grand and soft as that for the young Prince just born.  Alfie has what the media is calling "a mystery illness," struck down as an infant with seizures and "late development."  Mitochondrial disease is in the equation. We will not diagnose this youngster with anything here at Age of Autism, nor will we interject about the possible causes of his illnesss. We will pray for his recovery. 

British courts have continued to rule against treatment for him. Read that again. The courts are ruling that this boy can not be saved, and so, should die. It's like a Dickens novel - the very worst of times.


ALFIE Evans has been at the centre of a life support battle between his parents, health officials and the British justice system for several months.

The tot's life support was switched off after his family lost the most recent of a series of legal appeals. Here is what you need to know about the heartbreaking case....

...Writing after judges at the European Court of Rights rejected the case, Tom said that he and his partner were "in bits, distraught, in pain", and the decision meant their son was "about to be murdered".

Tom and Kate have suffered a series of blows in their legal battles to keep Alfie alive.

They had taken their battle to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal agreed with Alder Hey that Alfie "could not be saved" and that it would be "unkind" and "futile" to continue treatment, but their bid was dismissed.

They had already lost a challenge at the Court of Appeal and failed to have the decision overturned at the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.  Read more here.

Following one appeal, Lord Justice Davis, ruled that Alfie's life support must be turned off and told lawyers that doctors had agreed that there was "no hope".

He said: "We cannot have a kind of legal Groundhog Day where you come back again and again and again on the same point."

Alfie's life support was eventually turned off at 9.17pm on the evening of Monday, April 23.

However, the following morning his dad said that the little boy was still battling on and breathing unassisted hours later.

Medical Doctors Concerned We Are Giving America’s Children Too Many Vaccines Too Soon

Jennifer-Margulis-Amazon-FooterNote: This is an insightful post written by author Jennifer Margulis. Perhaps Zuckerberg should be looking at a different sort of data to protect his own family? We wish his children only good health and an intact neurology.  ###

When Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo of his baby daughter on Facebook with the chipper caption, “Doctor’s visit–time for vaccines!” last January, the post garnered an enormous amount of attention: 36,255 shares, 3.4 million reactions, and 83,000 comments.

The extensive comments on the post caught the interest of some scientific researchers, who analyzed over a thousand of them. Their analysis yielded what media outlets described as a “surprising” result: the “anti”-vaccine comments were more scientifically based and carefully worded than the “pro”-vaccine comments.  Read more from author Jennifer Margulis here.

Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning science journalist and book author, Fulbright grantee, and sought-after speaker.

Her writing has appeared in many of the nation’s most respected and credible publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and featured on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine.

A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, she is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in health care and medicine.

Fluent in French, Jennifer Margulis has appeared live on prime-time TV in Paris, France to talk about child slavery in Pakistan. She was prominently featured in a PBS Frontline TV documentary, “The Vaccine War,” and has appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

One blogger, who disagreed with her point of view, wrote: “A woman like this probably has considerable influence, more than she rightly deserves. She’s articulate, she has the letters Ph.D. after her name to show that she is educated, and she looks good on camera … She’s more of a danger than Jenny McCarthy because most of us can’t relate to Jenny McCarthy, but we can relate to [her].”

A writer who is not afraid to stick her neck out, Jennifer Margulis does not court controversy for its own sake. She is passionate about investigating the overlooked dangers of mainstream practices, especially when scientific evidence has been brushed aside in favor of special interests. Uncovering these issues is a matter of social justice. Through her writing she champions the rights of society’s most vulnerable: children, mothers, the working poor, older adults, and others on the social or economic margins.

She is co-author of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health, From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine, August 23, 2016), with Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D., a integrative pediatrician with 13,000 children in his private practice in Portland, Oregon; and author of Your Baby, Your Way: Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting Decisions for a Happier, Healthier Family (Scribner, 2015; first published under the title The Business of Baby).

The Business of Baby was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award; Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love (Seal Press) won the Independent Publishers Book Association Award for best parenting book; and Why Babies Do That: Baffling Baby Behavior Explained (Willow Creek Press) won the Midwestern Publishers Book Association Award. She is also the co-author of The Baby Bonding Book for Dads: Building a Closer Connection to Your New Baby (Willow Creek Press) and co-editor of a classroom edition of Susannah Haswell Rowson’s 18th century play, Slaves in Algiers. Her cover-story for Smithsonian magazine was chosen by Nathalie Angier for inclusion in BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2009 (HarperCollins) and her article about a Salt Lake City entrepreneur won the 2010 American Society of Journalists and Authors Award (ASJA) for Best Narrative Non-fiction (lifestyle category).

Jennifer Margulis earned a B.A. from Cornell University, a Master’s from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Emory University.

She was awarded a highly competitive and prestigious Fulbright fellowship in 2006 and taught American literature at the University of Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, Niger (West Africa) for the 2006-2007 academic year.

A Boston native, Jennifer Margulis lives with her family in southern Oregon.

Autism Risk Increased through Structural Variants Inherited from Dad

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A scientific team led by University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers says it has identified the cause that may explain why some people develop autism—rare inherited variants in regions of paternal noncoding DNA. Previous studies have demonstrated that de novo mutations contribute to approximately one-third of cases of the disorder. 

The current findings (“Paternally Inherited Cis-Regulatory Structural Variants Are Associated with Autism”) are published online in Science.

The newly discovered risk factors differ from known genetic causes of autism in two important ways. First, these variants do not alter the genes directly but instead disrupt the neighboring cis-regulatory elements, or CREs. Second, these variants do not occur as new mutations in children with autism, but instead are inherited from their parents.

"For ten years we've known that the genetic causes of autism consist partly of de novo mutations in the protein sequences of genes" said Jonathan Sebat, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry, cellular and molecular medicine, and pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine and chief of the Beyster Center for Genomics of Psychiatric Genomics. "However, gene sequences represent only 2% of the genome."  Read more here.

Italian Doll with Measles a Throwback to An Era Before Sickness Meant Terror

Measles dollNOTE: In 1962, my sister received a dolly named Hedda Get Better. Hedda had measles, a smiley face and a sleepy face. Shelly played Mommy and nursed Hedda back to health. In 1969, the Brady Bunch sitcom featured an episode where all six kids got the measles - panic ensued - because the girls wanted Marian Ross as their doctor and the boys wanted Tom Bosley - the future Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham from Happy Days.  I wrote about the Hedda doll many years ago - the post is below. I have the Hedda doll in my house - my sister found her on ebay.

Now, Italian toy makers are reminding parents and annoying pro-pharma, pro-vax folks that measles was a common childhood illness - long before the vaccine became available.    You see, if parents start to realize that pharma and doctors have sold them a bill of goods that has devastated pediatric wellness, there will be a costly mutiny.  From EuroNews:  Read more and comment at the site.

An Italian toy maker has been accused of trivialising a serious childhood disease with the new edition of its popular Cicciobello doll, which children are invited to treat of the measles.

The blonde doll, Morbillino, comes with accessories including wipes, cream and plasters, to make its red spots disappear in an instant.

The name Morbillino is a take on the Italian word for measles, "morbillo".

Here's my post about Hedda.  Kim

Wayback machine

Here's a Best of.....

By Kim Stagliano

Let's take a trip back to Christmas, 1962. A little girl named Michele had a Christmas wish for Santa. Michele wanted to play Mommy. Mommies used to take care of sick children. It was part of their job description. Sniffles and sneezes, spotty rashes and wheezes. That was childhood, after all. Get sick, build an immune system, grow up.  Michele got a wonderful new doll from Santa that year. Her name was Hedda.

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Hedda slept through the night like a dream.

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Hedda smiled at her Mommy

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Hedda had one more face. In 1962, it was a face that every Mommy recognized and knew how to care for and love. So did doctors. In 2009, this face would instill fear, panic, disdain, loathing and angry cries that Michele was a very, very bad Mommy to Hedda.

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Hedda had the measles!  See the little hole in her mouth for the thermometer?

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The World Stealth Organization, the Gates Foundation and the Tetanus Vaccine Spiked with a Birth Control Drug in Kenya

image from'The days when health officials could issue advice, based on the very best medical and scientific data, and expect populations to comply, may be fading.' Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, Report to the 126th Executive Board, 2010.

Age of Autism publishes the abstract of the recent paper by Oller et al reviewing the evidence that the WHO spiked tetanus vaccines in Kenya with a birth control drug it developed, HCG. Predictably the controversy was laid at the door of  "anti-vaxxers"  but it is apparent that this has nothing to do with original context: the Catholic church is not "anti-vaccine" and it seems highly implausible that the testing laboratory signed its own death warrant by detecting something which was not there. The problem would seem to lie with the untrustworthy behavior of  the World Health Organization, its not so hidden agendas, the Gates Foundation and the Kenyan government.

HCG Found in WHO Tetanus Vaccine in Kenya Raises Concern in the Developing World

John W. Oller, Christopher A Shaw, Lucija Tomljenovic, Stephen K. Karanja, Wahome Ngare, Felicia M. Clement, Jamie Ryan Pillette


In 1993, WHO announced a “birth-control vaccine” for “family planning”. Published research shows that by 1976 WHO researchers had conjugated tetanus toxoid (TT) with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) producing a “birth-control” vaccine. Conjugating TT with hCG causes pregnancy hormones to be attacked by the immune system. Expected results are abortions in females already pregnant and/or infertility in recipients not yet impregnated. Repeated inoculations prolong infertility. Currently WHO researchers are working on more potent anti-fertility vaccines using recombinant DNA. WHO publications show a long-range purpose to reduce population growth in unstable “less developed countries”. By November 1993 Catholic publications appeared saying an abortifacient vaccine was being used as a tetanus prophylactic. In November 2014, the Catholic Church asserted that such a program was underway in Kenya. Three independent Nairobi accredited biochemistry laboratories tested samples from vials of the WHO tetanus vaccine being used in March 2014 and found hCG where none should be present. In October 2014, 6 additional vials were obtained by Catholic doctors and were tested in 6 accredited laboratories. Again, hCG was found in half the samples. Subsequently, Nairobi’s AgriQ Quest laboratory, in two sets of analyses, again found hCG in the same vaccine vials that tested positive earlier but found no hCG in 52 samples alleged by the WHO to be vials of the vaccine used in the Kenya campaign 40 with the same identifying batch numbers as the vials that tested positive for hCG. Given that hCG was found in at least half the WHO vaccine samples known by the doctors involved in administering the vaccines to have been used in Kenya, our opinion is that the Kenya “anti-tetanus” campaign was reasonably called into question by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association as a front for population growth reduction. 

Dr. Paul Offit Blames Parents, Not Vaccines, For Immune System & Infection Concerns

DisgracefulBy Teresa Conrick

I would laugh at the irony if it was not so damn sad and wrong.  Paul Offit, a vaccine-maker, profiteer, and head of infectious disease at CHOP, the hub of vaccine industry central, is now asking how is it that children, who have a diagnosis of autism -- and their siblings, are not fully vaccinated?  For years now, the research is showing that autism spectrum disorder is an IMMUNE disorder , with the GUT affecting the brain , the bacteria of the gut abnormal ,  the bacteria types pathogenic , and also that the bacteria is tied to social impairment .  Vaccination has been implicated in changing the microbiome,  so to blame parents as the reason for their child's increased risk of infections, well, that seems pretty ignorant. The children are at risk of infections as they have a microbiome and immune system that have become dysfunctional, many after their first round of vaccines.  Parents did vaccinate but their child's health and well being took a drastic turn. Here is the information that Offit shared with The Inquirer :

"In March, a journal of the American Medical Association published a study defining a new group of children at risk for serious and potentially fatal infections.....Who was this new group? The answer: children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their younger siblings.... Investigators studied 3,729 children with ASD and compared them with 592,907 children without ASD. For vaccines recommended between 4 and 6 years of age (specifically, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella), children with ASD were significantly less likely to be vaccinated than children without ASD. Their younger siblings were also less likely to be vaccinated.  Why were parents of children with ASD making this choice?  In 1998, British researcher Andrew Wakefield published a study...................."

MMR isn’t the only issue. Some parents have also worried that an ethylmercury-containing preservative called thimerosal, which was commonly used in several vaccines given to young children in the United States...Still, the fears persist. Why? Maybe it’s because the cause or causes of autism haven’t been found and because a cure doesn’t exist."

The study examined children with an asd diagnosis "between ages 4 and 6 years,"  and that would reflect the time that a second MMR is scheduled, and parents have reported seeing their children regress often after their first MMR vaccine or a combination with that vaccine.  Thimerosal, a mercury product, may be another player in microbiome dysfunction because - "Increased mercury levels were detected in stools after vaccination, suggesting that the gastrointestinal tract is involved in ethylmercury elimination , - and this -  "As TM (Thimerosal) exposure during the postnatal phase coincided with lactation, some of the TM was delivered through the milk to the GIT [gastrointestinal tract] and may have had an effect on the developing gut microbiome known to be sensitive to heavy metal exposure. "

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Cat’s 2018 Autism Action Month Playlist

Music MotivatesBy Cathy Jameson

Music is as much a part of me as writing is.  I love to write, and I love to listen to music.  Both have brought me comfort.  Both have gotten me through tough times.  Every few months, I like to add a song at the end of one of my Sunday posts here.  The song has been picked because it usually compliments my thoughts.  But sometimes, it’s the lyrics of a song that has actually triggered the writing.  In the past, I’ve included songs from all sorts of artists.  From hard rock and alt rock to everything in between, I’m always happy to share a tune that’s inspired me. 

A few years ago when April turned blue, I started sharing what I was specifically listening to during that month which many of us would rather skip over.  I turned off the news and turned up the volume of the music I was listening to.  Not wanting to celebrate or embrace any part of autism or what causes it those 30 days, I drowned myself in music so as not to get caught up on the blue washing going on around me.  Some songs I listened to were happy songs that made me dance.  Other songs came with water works.  With even more awareness going on this year than tangible action that some families desperately need, a new playlist is needed.  In no particular order, here are the songs I’m listening to now. 


Danger Zone – I had to laugh when I heard this the other day.  This song!  Oh golly, it’s cheesy, but how many of us willingly enter “the danger zone” of debating vaccines online when we log into our social media accounts?  So many of us!  I don’t purposely log in looking to take a troll down, but I will politely chime in when I see misinformation being shared.  I will especially share my two cents when I have time and energy if the other side starts pontificating propaganda or disrespecting a parent’s decision.  Mind you, I know I don’t have to say anything, but some days I do choose to engage.  Knowing I may not change anyone’s mind, I tiptoe into the danger zone very carefully.

Get the Mercury Out – This song popped up on my newsfeed a week ago.  I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect song!  I’d shared it on Facebook quite a few times several years ago and always got good feedback.  The best comments came from the moms who were on the fence about vaccines.  Knowing they “should probably look them up” but were unsure of where to start their research, posting this song offered the opportunity to drop some resources, websites, and truth bombs in a private message later.  The beat’s good, the message is great.  Go ahead, and give it a listen.  I think you’ll like it.  (P.S. I know it’s not just mercury that’s gotta go…I’d be okay if other ingredients were also taken out…or if entire vaccine program did a disappearing act, too.)

Everybody Knows – So what does everybody know?  Everybody knows that vaccines are safe and that autism cannot be caused by vaccines.  Duh.  But, wait!  Some of us disagree with that.  Everybody should know that vaccines, like all pharmaceutical products, come with risks and that they don’t always work.  But they don’t.  Not everybody knows yet which is why some of us choose to speak up.  We must!  Until everybody knows the whole truth, we will keep talking, sharing, blogging, speaking, and writing about vaccines and autism and the link between them.

Lose Yourself – Being the parent of a special needs child can be all sorts of things.  It can be rewarding.  It can be thrilling.  It can also be frightening.  One day can be filled with one emotion, and the next with an entirely different one.  Depending on the situation, we may see multiple emotions and all at once!  It can be incredibly overwhelming to be the Mom or the Dad, especially if you have other children.  Moms, Dads, be good to you.  It is so hard to do sometimes, I know, but make sure you are taking care of you, too.  When the good days are good, life is awesome.  Focus on that because bad days can quickly bring us down a deep, dark hole.  Just promise me that wherever you are on this journey, don’t lose yourself in the process.  (*little bit language in this Eminem song…but that signing the young woman does – wow.  Check out all that ASL!)

This Is Me – I heard this song for the first time last week.  Minus the beard, I couldn’t help think, this is me!  This is many of my friends, too.  When it comes to defending our beliefs, we are no stranger to insults.  Sharp words cut us down, but we are brave, strong and absolutely unapologetic for who we are.  We believe something that society wishes we didn’t:  that our kids were harmed.  Guess what?  They were!  Some of our kids are still hurting.  We march to a new beat because of what happened to them and to us.  It’s not a life we ever thought we’d live.  It’s not a fight we thought we’d have to fight.  But that fight, that resolve, that intense drive to help our children has turned us into who we are.  Who are we?  Brave, unapologetic, and strong.  This is me!!

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If You Can't Take The Heat, Get OUT OF THE CLASSROOM

Fired doorNote: Sometimes it's difficult to know which of our categories to use for posts. This one? Straight into NIGHTMARES.  If you think teachers and paras are any less affected by the diminished neurology  that is the hallmark of today's violence and societal downgrade, think again.  I've seen local women who work with kids post some pretty rotten things in memes and in thinly veiled passive aggressive social media posts.  It makes my blood boil. If you don't want to teach our kids with compassion, kindness and basic decency, I suggest you scurry along to a job at the local garbage dump where you can feel at home among the rotting, stinking trash.  Kim


Two teachers from Louisiana have been fired for making fun of a severely autistic student.

An audio clip captured the Hope Academy faculty members, who have not been named, apparently mocking and making inappropriate comments about Camden Davis, 12.

The boy's mother, Milissa Davis, sent her son to school with a recording device in his backpack after he became aggressive at home and wet the bed, WBRZ reported.  Read more here, if you have a strong stomach.

She then heard the teacher and the teacher's assistant taunting the young boy.

'You're just writing the word. What is hard about it?' an adult can be heard saying as the boy grunted in response. The adult then imitated the noise. 

Tune in to Ktalk's Your Health Freedom Hour Featuring Guest Laura Hayes

Radio micMonday, April 23rd
9:00-10:00 am PST (10-11 MST, 11-12 CST, 12-1 EST)
Ktalk Radio's "Your Health Freedom Hour" with Kristen Chevrier and guest Laura Hayes
Join us for a lively and informative discussion on key health freedom issues!

Listen live on Ktalk: Ktalk Media Listen
Watch on Kristen Chevrier's facebook live or on "We Are Vaxxed" facebook live.


Actionplay Presents Surreality TV Created by Individuals on Autism Spectrum May

LincolnCenter6Note: We're happy to share this invitation to attend Actionplay's SurrealityTV. Law professor Mary Holland is on the board and her son has participated for many years. If you're in the NYC area, check this out!


Dear Friends!

There are two exciting Actionplay events coming up that we couldn't be more excited about!

Actionplay presents the original musical "Surreality TV" created and devised by individuals on the autism spectrum and related conditions in our inclusive AIMS workshop. Brad Bradford and his totally normal family have lost themselves in the dystopian world of Reality TV. Come join the resistance and question your reality in this rollicking original musical comedy about fame, family, and freedom

Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
Sat, May 5, 2018 7:00pm
Sun, May 6, 2018 7:00pm
Expected Run Time is 90 minutes

Join us for an after party at Bar Thalia!

Actionplay, an organization who’s mission is equal access to the arts for individuals on the autism spectrum and related conditions, is reviving their hit 2017 production of their original musical comedy “Surreality TV” – devised and performed by individuals on the spectrum. Performances will take place on Saturday May 5th & Sunday May 6th at 7pm, at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space in NYC. Tickets are available via the Symphony Space Box Office.

After the show on Saturday May 5th from 8:30-10:30 the Actionplay Board of Directors will be hosting an ENCORE! AFTER-PARTY at Symphony Space's Bar Thalia in celebration of the performers in the show. Beer, wine, cocktails and appetizers are included in the after-party ticket price. Help support Actionplay’s dynamic programs, and hang with the Actionplay crew!  You can make a contribution in support of Actionplay’s efforts and purchase tickets here.

Actionplay is Creating a More Inclusive World from ACTIONPLAY on Vimeo.

NYT's Blase Report on Deadly Food Allergy Increase in Children

Epi-penNote: Where is  the journalism 101 question. WHY?  The MD/author is a pediatrician who also writes fiction, non-fiction and the mishegoss known as American Pediatrics circa 2018 where children are sicker than ever, longer than ever and yet no one seems to care. 



Anaphylaxis is the scary end of allergy, the kind of reaction that can kill. It can happen almost immediately after the exposure — being stung by the bee, eating the peanut — and it can move fast. In anaphylaxis, your immune system turns against you with a vengeance, revs up and releases histamines and other chemicals that set off a range of dangerous physiological changes.

Your airways squeeze tighter, so it’s harder to breathe — especially dangerous in children, who start with smaller airways. Your lips and tongue and throat can swell. Your blood pressure can drop until you’re in shock. You can also get hives, you can develop nausea and vomiting, all possible clues to the advent of anaphylaxis.

A new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield looked at allergy diagnoses and at emergency room visits for anaphylaxis from 2010 to 2016 among their subscribers, who include 9.6 million children 18 and under all over the country. The report showed an increase in the incidence of children being diagnosed as “at risk” for anaphylaxis over the course of those seven years. And correspondingly, the rate of emergency room visits for anaphylaxis more than doubled, to 3.5 visits per 10,000 children in 2016 from 1.4 in 2010.

Of those emergency room visits, 47 percent were attributed to specific food allergies, largely peanuts and tree nuts and seeds. The other 53 percent were attributed either to unknown foods or “to other unspecified causes.” (Because the study was done by examining insurance claims, the information is conveyed by billing codes; some codes specify “anaphylactic reaction due to shellfish,” for example, but others just say, “anaphylactic shock, unspecified.”)  Read more here.

New Paper: Differential immune responses and microbiota profiles in children with autism spectrum disorders and co-morbid gastrointestinal symptoms.

Science post image 2018 Mar 20. pii: S0889-1591(18)30078-3. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2018.03.025. [Epub ahead of print]

Differential immune responses and microbiota profiles in children with autism spectrum disorders and co-morbid gastrointestinal symptoms.



Many studies have reported the increased presence of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Altered microbiome profiles, pro-inflammatory responses and impaired intestinal permeability have been observed in children with ASD and co-morbid GI symptoms, yet few studies have compared these findings to ASD children without GI issues or similarly aged typical developing children. The aim of this study was to determine whether there are biological signatures in terms of immunedysfunction and microbiota composition in children with ASD with GI symptoms.


Children were enrolled in one of four groups: ASD and GI symptoms of irregular bowel habits (ASDGI), children with ASD but without current or previous GI symptoms (ASDNoGI), typically developing children with GI symptoms (TDGI) and typically developing childrenwithout current or previous GI symptoms (TDNoGI). Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were isolated from the blood, stimulated and assessed for cytokine production, while stool samples were analyzed for microbial composition.


Following Toll-Like receptor (TLR)-4 stimulation, the ASDGI group produced increased levels of mucosa-relevant cytokines including IL-5, IL-15 and IL-17 compared to ASDNoGI. The production of the regulatory cytokine TGFβ1 was decreased in the ASDGI group compared with both the ASDNoGI and TDNoGI groups. Analysis of the microbiome at the family level revealed differences in microbiome composition between ASD and TD children with GI symptoms; furthermore, a predictive metagenome functional content analysis revealed that pathways were differentially represented between ASD and TD subjects, independently of the presence of GI symptoms. The ASDGIalso showed an over-representation of the gene encoding zonulin, a molecule regulating gut permeability, compared to the other groups.


Overall our findings suggest that children with ASD who experience GI symptoms have an imbalance in their immuneresponse, possibly influenced by or influencing metagenomic changes, and may have a propensity to impaired gut barrier function which may contribute to their symptoms and clinical outcome.


ASD; Autism; Cytokines; Gastrointestinal; ImmuneMicrobiota; Mucosal Immunity; Zonulin