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Kim Stagliano, Nightmares

Autism Kills From The Outside In: RIP Dyasha Smith

WeepBy Kim Stagliano

I read this story in the NYT with sheer horror, followed by a searing sadness.  A 21 year old student with autism choked to death while at school.   On a muffin.  From the article (which you can read here.):

The New York City Education Department is investigating the death of a 21-year-old student with autism who choked on a muffin at her school in Brooklyn at lunchtime on Tuesday.

The student, Dyasha Smith, was nonverbal and wore diapers, according to her mother, Catherine Smith, 70, who took Dyasha in as a foster child when she was 3 and later adopted her. She said her daughter was supposed to have full-time supervision on the bus and at her school, Star Academy in Cobble Hill.

She said she had told the school’s staff members that they needed to cut up her daughter’s food, because otherwise she would put too much in her mouth at once. “She will take a handful of something and put it in her throat and swallow it at once,” she said, adding, “She’s like a child, like a baby child.”

Does this sound familiar to you? It sure does to me. I cut my kids' food. I worry about every lunch I pack. In fact, just last year, one my daughters choked on her lunch - and a quick thinking, well trained paraprofessional performed the Heimlich manoeuvre on her - saving her life. SAVING. HER. LIFE.  Do you want to know what she was eating? Apple slices. I remember slicing the apple that morning and asking myself if they were too thick for her. "Nah, they seem OK," I told myself.  She almost choked to death.  My daughter.

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Teresa Conrick

Broccoli, Autism and the Microbiome on Health Impact News

Health Impact NewsWe were happy to see that HealthImpactNews.com picked up Teresa Conrick's latest post Broccoli, Autism and The Microbiome.  You can read all of her posts on The Microbiome here.  

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Wow! Autism Has More Genes Than Levi Strauss!

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Below is a sampling of the BIG STORY on autism.  Check out the headlines.  NPR and Newsweek come right out and say genes cause autism.  Others use the terms "contributing," "linked" and "risks."

Mind you, just three years ago California researchers were saying that based on studies of twins, it was clear environment was the main link to the development of autism.

Study finds environment more important to predicting autism risk than genetics.

According to a recent study by researchers at the UC-San Francisco and Stanford on autism in twins, environmental factors are more predictive of autism risk than genetic factors. The study found that environmental factors make up 62 percent of the risk of autism while genetics, originally thought to have been 90 percent, make up 38 percent.

Now with the theory of the strange, mutating genes that are not inherited, we're back to genetics.  CNN does note that there are environmental triggers and the age of the dad is a factor. 

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Current Affairs

IACC Call for Nominations: Another Charlie Brown Committee?

I Got a RockWe invite you to set forth your proposal for the man or woman you would like to see take a seat on IACC. We've had too many years of rocks in our sack instead of candy - not even Smartees!  Below is the IACC call for nominations. Who will represent our children as they age? Who will ask the hard questions about causation, treatment, prevention along with life issues such as employment, housing and life after the parents die?  And a sincere thank you to Lyn Redwood for her tireless dedication to our children as she steps down.

2014 Call for Nominations Announcement Introduction

The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of individuals to serve as non-federal public members on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a federal advisory committee established in accordance with the Combating Autism Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-416, PDF – 49 KB) and reauthorized by the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-157, PDF – 211 KB). The Office of the Secretary has directed the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) of the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health to assist the Department in conducting an open and transparent nomination process. Nominations will be accepted between October 1, 2014 and November 14, 2014.

Who Is Eligible?

Nominations of new non-federal public members are encouraged, and current non-federal public members may also be re-nominated to continue to serve. Self-nominations and nominations of other individuals are both permitted. Only one nomination per individual is required. Multiple nominations for the same individual will not increase likelihood of selection. The Secretary may select non-federal public members from the pool of submitted nominations and other sources as needed to meet statutory requirements and to form a balanced committee that represents the diversity within the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) community. Those eligible for nomination include leaders or representatives of major ASD research, advocacy and service organizations, parents or guardians of individuals with ASD, individuals on the autism spectrum, healthcare and service providers, educators, researchers and other individuals with professional or personal experience with ASD. In accordance with White House Office of Management and Budget guidelines (FR Doc. 20

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: MSNBC Salking over "Anti-Vaxxers"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Oct 28, 2014, MSNBC: On Jonas Salk's birthday, some perspective on health scares

Oct 26, 2014, SharylAttkisson.com: Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After All

Oct 17, 2014, RealFarmacy.com: Johns Hopkins Scientist Reveals Shocking Report on Flu Vaccines

 

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Anne Dachel

Sharyl Attkisson - Stonewalled

StonewalledBy Anne Dachel

Sharyl's book is being advertised in a number of places on the Internet and hopefully she'll get lots of interviews about it.  (Despite the fact that she's criticizing the very people she'll be talking to.)

For me, it's great timing for my book, The Big Autism Cover Up--How and Why the Media is  Lying to the American Public.   While I will quickly concede that Sharyl Attkisson is a real life reporter and I'm not, and that she's got way more experience and insight into this whole thing than I do, her book supports what many of us in the autism community have been saying for years: the coverage of autism, especially the vaccine controversy, can best be described as corruption, collusion and cover-up. 

Several months ago I wrote this article about Sharyl and the coverage she's given to our issues.

And just so everyone clearly understands this, I have it on good authority that her stories on the vaccine controversy are talked about in her book.

Recently, Sharyl made this promotional video about Stonewalled. 

I'm Sharyl Attkisson, I'm an investigative journalist, I've been in the business for over 30 years.  The book is called Stonewalled.  It's coming out from Harper Collins and it's a look at the increasing attempts by special interests and corporations to manipulate the images that the public sees in the news and in the rest of the media. 

I've never seen a tougher clampdown on freedom of the press and I think it's important that someone stand and say these things and speak out about them. 

There are many great reporters and great stories out there, but I think the public needs to learn to watch the news much like you do a TV commercial. 

You need to start thinking, why is that story airing?  Who pushed it? What special interest might be behind it and am I getting the full story? 

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Teacher Shortages, Post High School

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Oct 28, 2014, Health Impact News: Flu Vaccine is the most Dangerous Vaccine in the U. S. based on Settled Cases for Injuries

Oct 28, 2014, Left Brain Right Brain: Emily Willingham: winner of the 2014 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science

Oct 27, 2014, Cal State Fullerton: Vaccines should be federally mandated

Oct 27, 2014, San Jose Mercury News: Autism surge creates special education teacher shortages

Oct 27, 2014, KTAR, Scottsdale, AZ: People with autism and other invisible disabilities face barriers to finding work

Oct 27, 2014, Medical Express: Autism After High School

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE - We Are Not Alone!

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

I want you to look to the left of this article and you will see a link to a YouTube video which reads, "CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHORS OF PLAGUE."  Click on it now and watch all two minutes and fifty-three seconds of it.

Really.  Do it now.  I'll just check my e-mail while you're doing that.  (Imagine sound of me whistling and a computer keyboard tapping.)

Finished?  Good.  Let's talk.

I know that many of us are having very difficult lives and can't imagine that anybody else can fully understand our suffering.  You're wrong.  There are others who suffer.  Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) live very difficult lives as do the few brave scientists like Dr. Judy Mikovits who have struggled to solve the mysteries of that condition, as well as autism.

And you know what they've gotten for it?  The patients have been called crazy, and Dr. Mikovits has endured character assassination, unlawful incarceration, financial ruin, and professional exile for fighting for the truth.  We are all victims of the same oppressor.

But I'm not writing this just to tell you how terrible things are in today's world.  You know that.  What I'm giving all of us is a way to fight.  The book, "PLAGUE - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS, Autism and Other Diseases" is nothing less than a guided missile of truth streaking towards the very heart of an arrogant CDC and NIH and the scientific journals controlled by them.  It's also a helluva read which will attract people outside of our advocacy communities.

Did you hear what I said?  It will attract people OUTSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITIES!  It is a behind the scenes story of out-of-control agencies and journals who believe their misdeeds will never be revealed.  In writing it I often felt like I was some secret agent going behind the Iron Curtain of the scientific community to talk to leading researchers who would tell me what was really going on.

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Nightmares

Sharyl Attkisson Asks Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis - Award Winning Autism Medical Failure Documentary

SharylNote: Reserve your tickets for the Westbury, NY screening of Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis on November 12 HERE.

Many of you will remember the horrifying case of Alex Spourdalakis, a teen with autism who was held in restraints in a Chicago hospital with precious little medical care.  And whose mother and caretaker, in a moment most of us can never fathom, murdered him brutally upon his release. 

There is a documentary about the tragedy of lack of medical care, parental/caretaker exhaustion and autism called "Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis."  The documentary won New York City Oktoberfest Film Festival.



It is a tough story to tell - to read - to watch.  It was disconcerting to watch the process unfold. So many reached out to help. To no avail. Alex is neither the first nor the last person with autism to meet a terrible death.  His mother is not the first or the last to commit a murder that is anathema to our maternal and paternal souls.

Thank you to Sharyl Attkisson for keeping Alex's memory alive.   I receive frequent emails from parents with nowhere to turn, no one to help as their sons (and daughters) grow older, strong, sicker and their behavior becomes more dangerous and difficult to manage.  There is no system in place for our aging children. The future is bleak - unless we take a hard look at the worst case scenarios - like Alex Spourdalakis' death. Like Sky Walker who bludgeoned his mother to death many years ago.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: "We're Losing Our Boys"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Oct 27, 2014, Health Impact News: Merck's Former Doctor Predicts that Gardasil will Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All Time

Oct 27, 2014, Health Impact News: The Vaccine Autism Cover-up: How One Doctor's Career was Destroyed for Telling the Truth

Oct 26, 2014, Tampa Bay Times: Schools have looming crisis, foundation says: We're losing our boys

Oct 26, 2014, Concord (NH) Monitor: Editorial: Dangerous message on city buses

Oct 25, 2014, TheTownTalk.com: Dr. Roach: Do vaccines cause autism?

Oct 24, 2014, Philly.com: Chester Springs autistic woman gets a house of her own

Oct 24, 2014, Huffington Update: Jenny McCarthy Claims She's 'Not Anti-Vaccine' ... Again 

Oct 24, 2014, TwinCities.com: To Your Good Health: Keep counting calories By Keith Roach, M.D.

Oct 24, 2014, Huffington Post: Jenny McCarthy Claims She's 'Not Anti-Vaccine' ... Again 

Oct 18, 2014, Boston Globe: Vote all you want. The secret government won't change

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Anne Dachel

Lloyd Grove and Daily Beast Take Misogynistic Turn at Bat Against Vaccine Informed Consent

TheDailyBeast_300x186By Anne Dachel

There is definitely a pattern in the press.  It's important that there are periodic stories out with the message that while non-experts say that vaccines cause autism, all the science is against them.  Here is the Daily Beast.  (And there are other stories out there today with the same message.)

Daily Beast: Jenny McCarthy says she's "not anti-vaccine."  (Well, of course she's not anti-vaccine. She vaccinated her son.  Her claim is that because of his vaccines, her son developed autism.) 

Lloyd Grove at the Daily Beast has a lot of subtle messages here. McCarthy claims that "autism is somehow caused by an over-use of vaccines." 

"Somehow"?  We have no idea why it could happen, but SOMEHOW she claims the cause is vaccines.  No one else thinks this bizarre thought.

Grove cites Michael Specter who calls McCarthy's views "dangerous,"  and says they've led to "sickness and death."

Wow...that's bad stuff from a "Playboy Playmate-turned-MTV host ..."   Clearly she couldn't know what she's talking about.  In fact, Grove calls her "the nation's most prominent purveyor of anti-vaxxer ideology."

Okay...we get it.  Only ridiculous former Playboy Bunnies believe there's anything wrong with vaccines.  It's incredible, but parents actually believe them--especially well-educated ones. 

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Cathy Jameson

The Ebola Situation: From Common Sense to Chaos

Screw fearBy Cathy Jameson

I wasn’t expecting to see any breaking news Thursday night right before I went to bed, but breaking news was happening.  CNN had just reported a confirmed case of Ebola. 

Oh, boy.  Here we go again, I thought. 

I know I’m not the only one shaking my head at what I’ve deemed as breaking news lately.  The headlines and the knee-jerk reactions being reported have been downright laughable. 

I mean no disrespect to those who’ve been directly affected by Ebola, but the regular news headlines have been riddled with hype and fear for quite a few weeks now.  Because of that, I’ve stopped going to certain news sites.  I even stopped reading about Ebola.  I need facts, not fear.  I want tips, not terror.  I want straight up answers not scared-out-of-my-mind thoughts running through my head right before I go to bed.  But that’s what’s being published in news stories and the follow up news stories lately:

Patient might have Ebola!  Oops.  She doesn’t. 

Pentagon entrance closed—is it a possible Ebola victim?  Nope, she wasn’t. 

Man vomiting—he may have Ebola!  Our bad.  Dude just had a tummy ache. 

I know that the media uses headlines to draw in its readers and viewers, but how they were hyping what didn’t need to be hyped was getting a bit ridiculous.  Until it wasn’t. 

Thursday night, things got serious.  And I’m not talking about the Ebola virus. 

Did you see it? 

While reading the CNN article, something caught my eye.   I saw it three times within the article and found it quite disturbing. 

A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to New York from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter told CNN.

Investigators took the case seriously from the outset because it appeared the doctor didn't quarantine himself following his return, the law enforcement official said

The law enforcement official said the doctor was out in public. Authorities also quarantined his girlfriend, with whom he was spending time since his return from Africa.

Now, I was worried about Ebola just like a lot of people are, but I’ve been keeping my wits about me and using common sense to protect my family and to keep as healthy as I can.  After reading that article, what I’m more worried about is that law enforcement has stepped in. 

Law enforcement and health care.  We’ve seen that mix before.  Remember Justina Pelletier?  And you’ve heard the latest medical cases where authorities have stepped in, right?  Two sisters,  a baby,  and a boy named Jaxon  now have to deal with more than just their medical issues.  Somehow, instead of getting necessary support, it seems that an authority figure muscled their way into the situation.  Law enforcement got involved.  If you followed Justina’s story like many of us here did, you asked yourself over and over again, how did any of that involvement help her?  It didn’t.  

Mixing law enforcement and health care doesn’t seem to have such great outcomes.  So why are law enforcements joining the Ebola situation?  How’d they get involved?  What exactly are they monitoring?  More importantly, who’s providing their services?  And, well done, CNN, for adding that law enforcement bit so seamlessly in your article so as not to raise too much of a concern!  But I have a few questions now that it’s been brought up:

Was law enforcement called in because the US didn’t take precautionary steps early enough? 

Was it because the US didn’t close the borders in a timely fashion and opened a further threat on its citizens? 

Were they on standby when this situation got more serious, or is this another knee-jerk reaction to quell fears the media is attempting to broadcast? 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Weekly Wrap: Renaming Autism Won’t Work Forever

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

As the walls close in on the bogus claim that vaccines don’t cause autism, the latest trick of the vaccine injury deniers seems to be calling it something else.

So we’ve got idiopathic autism (meaning cause unknown). Secondary autism (meaning triggered by some acceptable environmental factor, like valproic acid, in the womb). Regressive autism (like, we just didn’t notice it before). Autistic-like features due to some genetic vulnerability merely triggered by vaccination (like, mito disorder). And even vaccination that results in autism but doesn’t cause it.

And now comes “isolated” autism. This charming term popped up in the William Thompson whistleblower investigation. One of the stated purposes of the 2004 study he has renounced was to look for “isolated” autism as a risk of earlier MMR administration – “isolated” being a subset defined by the paper’s authors as “those with autism and without comorbid developmental disabilities.”

According to the powerful fraud complaint filed this week with the HHS Office of Research Integrity, the research did in fact turn up a link with “isolated” autism, just as it did with black males, but both findings were suppressed.

Reading the description of “isolated” autism brought to mind those hoary days of yore, lo a decade ago now, when I looked into the rate of autism among ye olde Amish. Much time and effort has gone into debunking my humble anecdotal observation – which was, and is, that in this group with a documented lower vaccination rate, there appeared to be less autism.

One of the debunkers, Autism News Beat, no friend of this site, did me an accidental favor. Mr. News Beat reported that Dr. Kevin Strauss, a pediatrician at the Clinic For Special Children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, told him “the idea that the Amish do not vaccinate their children is untrue,” something I never claimed anyway.

Then came the beauty part: “Strauss said the clinic treats ‘syndromic autism,’ where autism is part of a more complicated clinical spectrum that can include mental retardation, chromosomal abnormalities, unusual facial features, and short stature, as well as Fragile X syndrome. ‘We see quite a few Amish children with Fragile X,’ he said.

“Strauss said he doesn’t see ‘idiopathic autism’ at the clinic, which he defines as children with average or above average IQs who display autistic behavior. ‘My personal experience is we don’t see a lot of Amish children with idiopathic autism,’ Strauss said. ‘It doesn’t mean they don’t exist, only that we aren’t seeing them at the clinic.’”

In other words, all those Amish kids whose autism can’t be explained as part of a genetic spectrum present from birth – where the hell are they? They sure aren’t hard to find in the rest of the country.

Idiopathic autism. Isolated autism. Same difference. That’s because there’s a low rate of autism in otherwise typical children who are not inflicted with the CDC’s bloated infant vaccine schedule. There’s a high rate of autism in previously typical children who are.

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Adriana Gamondes

Ebola Noir: Death Panel for Democracy

Ebola Noir Adriana Gamondes

By Adriana Gamondes

Recently some friends whose son died of autism-related seizures— a tragedy for which the family was compensated through vaccine court after the standard  contentious proceeding and desecration of their son’s memory in the industry press— shared a link to an upcoming conference at NYU:  the Fifth Annual Innovations in Healthcare Symposium: Advances in Global Heath—A Symposium honoring Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin on World Polio Day and Dr. Salk’s Centenary.

Presenters will be, among others, Seth Mnookin, Drs. Paul Offit, Julie Gerberding, Peter Hotez and Arthur Caplan, PhD, and a special video presentation by Bill Gates. Also in attendance will be Francoise Gilot, widow of Jonas Salk and author of Life with Picasso which partly inspired the film Surviving Picasso, Robert Gallow of And the Band Played On fame (or infamy),  and a filmmaker who produced a documentary on a polio-stricken Balanchine dancer.  The first thing that came to mind was—just in time for Halloween!

  E-boo-la A Gamondes

But after browsing the program, I thought it was interesting that a vaccine conference would focus largely on polio in the middle of an Ebola epidemic, not to mention finding the subtitle a little ironic (“Advances in Global Health”… really? While the toll in Africa explodes?). On the other hand, the overall theme of the conference is clearly about how to bring the errant consumer flock back into the vaccination fold—something which could be considered relevant as the CDC pays cash to Baltimore’s poor and indigent in exchange for taking various trial Ebola vaccines. It’s not as if conference presenters will be lining up to take the untested shots, so the burning question may be how to make other people do it. No experimental vaccine kiosk listed in the program in any case.  NYU’s Arthur Caplan is set to lead off with a presentation titled Session on Ethics: What Ought to be Done to Overcome the Anti-Vaccine Trend?

A huge component of the recurrence of measles, mumps, pertussis and other vaccine preventable diseases is vaccine refusal and vaccine hesitation.  What can be done to combat this problem?  What educational, legal and policy efforts are most likely to persuade individuals and parents to accept vaccinations as very safe and effective?

There’s no mention of Ebola in the blurb, although Caplan’s and other presentations are sure to make references to it. Also no mention of the fact that the CDC itself and bastions of radicalism like the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group declared the outbreaks of measles, mumps and pertussis to be occurring largely among fully vaccinated populations due to vaccine failure.  But it’s not unreasonable to ponder over the question of public trust in vaccination as a deadly scourge heads our way—if only anyone was talking about the actually deadly scourge or about earning trust through the usual routes—through transparency, accountability, respect for civil rights, etc.  

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Dreams

Book Giveaway: A Shot of Hope by Autism Sibling Zack Peter

Shot of hopeFREE BOOK GIVEAWAY OF SIBLING MEMOIR, A SHOT OF HOPE BY ZACK PETER! 

“Autism shakes up your world. It has changed my life and I wasn’t even the one diagnosed with it. My brother’s name is Ethan Wolfgang, but we call him Deets. He is one of the greatest gifts my family has ever received. And one of the most challenging.”

So begins Zack Peter’s memoir of his family’s struggle to cope with his brother’s autism. And thus began Peter’s mission to ensure that his brother will one day live an independent life. He candidly describes his attempts to get his family on board with Ethan’s biomedical treatment and his fight against their reluctance. He relates how his life changes when he comes up with the idea of hosting a local fundraisers, which then throws him into the world of activism. He describes how this leads to his becoming a full-time advocate for autism. As everything in his life becomes more and more centered around “the spectrum,” Peter faces the personal struggle of being a voice for the cause while trying to maintain his own identity. Sharing the wisdom he’s learned in a voice that’s equal parts snark and heart, Peter offers a memoir that’s as funny as it is poignant, filled with no-nonsense advice and what he calls “The Hope Rules,” which are designed to help preserve sanity, dignity, and the will to stay strong.

Whether you know someone with autism or not, Zack Peter’s refreshing take on his life as a sibling and activist serves as inspiration to persevere, even when the odds seem impossibly long. It’s everything you need to help keep your head up…like the bottom of your glass.

Jenny McCarthy calls it, “Heartwarming, inspiring, and shockingly funny!” 

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Flu Boo! More Shots for You!

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Oct 23, 2014, NJ.com: Give it a shot: Flu vaccines are more accessible then ever despite some concerns

Oct 22, 2014, Business World (Indian): Call to End the Use of Mercury in Vaccines

Oct 21, 2014, KING5 Seattle: Meeting the needs of adult with autism

Oct 20, 2014, Interlochen Public Radio: Lack of autism specialists creating long wait times for children

Oct 6, 2014, Wall Street Journal:  Preschools Consider Requiring Flu Shots

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Anne Dachel

The Vaccine Injury Movement

Vaccine-injury-shotsBy Anne Dachel

Oct 10, 2014, AofA Contributing Editor and Thinking Moms' Revolution's  Lisa Joyce Goes was interviewed by Ronan Farrow on MSNBC.  The title of the report was Debunking the anti-vaccine movement.

Farrow didn't hide the fact that he's a strong supporter of vaccines.  On MSNBC he cited the World Health Organization saying that vaccines save two to three million lives a year around the world.  In his view, vaccines only do good and there is no truth to the claim that they're also causing neurological damage in children. 

Farrow's coverage implied that only PARENTS link vaccines to autism and other damage in children. That's absolutely false and a real newsman would know that.  If he wanted to cover this issue legitimately, he'd have talked to any the host of independent doctors and scientists whose work does support a link.  In his brand of news reporting, they simply don't exist.  He eagerly gives the last word to health officials promoting their studies. "The Centers for Disease Control reviewed existing literature and 'there is not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism.' 

"Some parents aren't convinced and they continue to stay away from vaccines for their kids."  

Enter autism mom Lisa Goes 

Farrow asked Lisa about what happened to her son when he was vaccinated.. 

Lisa: "We noticed physical ailments, illnesses. Right after his six month vaccinations, he became incredibly ill, had a 104 degree temperature, he developed all over body eczema, he developed a bowel condition that unfortunately led to over twenty diarrhea-filled diapers a day.  So our journey began with physical illness and ultimately manifested in behavioral issues."

Farrow responded by ignoring everything Lisa had just said and instead quoted Dr. Peter Hotez, "By the time a baby is born, autism has happened.  That's the major reason we wouldn't expect a vaccine to cause major changes in the brain leading to autism."  The message was clear, what happened to Lisa's son and thousands of other children just like him was just a coincidence.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Lawrence Solomon A Voice of Ebola Reason

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Oct 21, 2014, Huffington Post: Don't Rush To Hand Out the Ebola Vaccine By Lawrence Solomon

An Ebola vaccine that protected us from this killer disease would be a godsend. But rushing a vaccine to widespread use, history has shown, could be tragic, not only by infecting the healthy but also by delaying the development of safe and effective vaccines.

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CDC Whistleblower, Current Affairs, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Kent Heckenlively

The Hooker/Wakefield/Moody Complaint - "The Hammer Falls!"

Online newsBy Kent Heckenlively, JD

Dr. Brian Hooker, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, and attorney James Moody announced today they have  sent a complaint  by Federal Express to Dr. Harold Jaffe, Associate Director for Science at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as Dr. Don Wright, Acting Director of the Office of Research Integrity at the Department of Health and Human Services, claiming research misconduct in the 2004 paper, "Age at First Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination in Children with Autism and School-Matched Control Subjects: A Population-Based Study in Metropolitan Atlanta," which was subsequently published in the journal, Pediatrics.

The allegations are horrifying, not just for the millions of families who deal with autism on a daily basis, but for the picture it paints of a government agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), devoid of any shred of scientific integrity or what we once used to call "honor" in this country.

If these claims are shown to be true, we will be looking at nothing less than the greatest crime committed in the history of our republic, and a dark page in science which will be remembered for centuries to come.

In 2001, a group at the CDC, headed by Dr. Frank DeStefano, and including Dr. William Thompson, Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, Dr. Tanya Karapurkar Bhasin, and Dr. Coleen Boyle planned to test the hypothesis that the earlier administration of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) shot was linked to an increase in autism rates.  This research was prompted by the work of Dr. Wakefield and his colleagues, suggesting a link between autism and MMR shots, and his call for additional research to answer the question.  The CDC scientists came up with that plan and recorded it in a document dated September 5, 2001, but did not follow it because of troubling findings among certain groups.

When scientists set out to test a hypothesis they come up with a research plan.  That plan is supposed to be followed, and if for some reason it is not, there must be an explanation of why not.  It is one of the basic tenets in science.  You show EVERYTHING.  You do not CONCEAL DATA.  If there is a hell for scientists, this is the sin which sends you to the very lowest regions.

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CDC Whistleblower, Current Affairs, Dr. Andrew Wakefield

How Involved is the CDC Whistleblower?

Whistleblower-protectionBy Eben Plettner

Almost 2 months ago it was revealed that senior CDC scientist Dr. Thompson had been talking with Dr. Brian Hooker of Focus Autism on allegations that the CDC had manipulated data to avoid showing a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Since then there has been a lot of discussion of how involved Dr. Thompson really is. Was he a true whistleblower or was he a man reaching out that just got caught in the middle? Recent revelations from the legal complaint filed with the CDC have offered more insight on Dr. Thompson's involvement.

The complaint filed to the Office of Research Integrity (ORI)   See ORI Complaint pdf here) centers on evidence of malfeasance by the CDC in hiding research data showing a link between autism and the MMR vaccine. The ORI is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services that oversees research integrity in several government agencies including the CDC. These are the people that investigate research fraud and they can debar doctors and force papers to be retracted. The majority of their judgments are against university researchers, but there are cases against researchers in the government although less common.

In this ORI complaint several new pieces of information about Dr. Thompson came out.  One of the biggest ones is that Dr. Thompson had not only provided the original data set to Dr. Brian hooker, but reviewed and approved Dr. Hooker’s reanalysis paper also.

“Dr. Hooker’s paper was reviewed and approved by Dr. Thompson.”(1)

The fact that Dr. Thompson had reviewed and approved the release of the research paper shows that he was well aware that this paper was about to be published. This makes it extremely difficult for the original publisher of the paper, Translational Neurology, to support their decision for retracting it and also raises several other questions. It was also noticed that the paper is now available on the Translational Neurology website with a simple note at the top about the retraction. The website also has a nice red button that states it as one of the most accessed papers on their website, which seems odd for a retracted piece.

Could this be that they know there is much more evidence coming out? It was previously revealed that Dr. Thompson had provided thousands of documents to Congressman Posey, this is hundreds of thousands of pages. That would take several boxes to contain. You don't just walk out of the CDC with the boxes of restricted data in a day or two, especially after a whistleblower in that department is announced, and definitely if you were the one named as the whistleblower. To have gathered this information and have “secured” it must have taken Dr. Thompson weeks if not months. So at the very least he knew the research paper was coming out and was working to save information. Not the actions of someone caught off guard.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Atlantis (Oops, Atlantic) Writes Another Mythical Story about "Anti-Vaxxers"

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

Oct 20, 2014, The Atlantic: The Psychology of Anti-Vaxers: How Story Trumps Science

Oct 20, 2014, MSN.com: NBC's Snyderman faces credibility issues

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Teresa Conrick

Broccoli, Autism and the Microbiome

MicrobiomeBy Teresa Conrick

A recent study hit the news about a supplement derived from broccoli sprouts, called Sulforaphane, showing that negative Autism behaviors were eliminated quite a bit by many who ingested it.  Since my daughter has an autoimmune diagnosis as well as severe symptoms of regressive autism, I, like thousands of other families, are dedicated to searching and reading research to help  this increasing population of affected children and young adults:

….In a placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial, young men (aged 13–27) with moderate to severe ASD received the phytochemical sulforaphane (n = 29)—derived from broccoli sprout extracts—or indistinguishable placebo (n = 15)…a significantly greater number of participants receiving sulforaphane had improvement in social interaction, abnormal behavior, and verbal communication (P = 0.015–0.007). Upon discontinuation of sulforaphane, total scores on all scales rose toward pretreatment levels. Dietary sulforaphane, of recognized low toxicity, was selected for its capacity to reverse abnormalities that have been associated with ASD, including oxidative stress and lower antioxidant capacity, depressed glutathione synthesis, reduced mitochondrial function and oxidative phosphorylation, increased lipid peroxidation, and neuroinflammmation.

 Tick-Tock Toxins

Many of us in the trenches of autism, with very sick children, are well aware of these terms -- “oxidative stress, lower antioxidant capacity, depressed glutathione synthesis, reduced mitochondrial function and oxidative phosphorylation, increased lipid peroxidation, and neuroinflammmation” as we have seen them in our children and in increasing studies over the years, like this one :

Exposure to oxidative stress via the sulfhydryl reagent thimerosal resulted in a greater decrease in the GSH/GSSG ratio and increase in free radical generation in autism compared to control cells. Acute exposure to physiological levels of nitric oxide decreased mitochondrial membrane potential to a greater extent in the autism LCLs, although GSH/GSSG and ATP concentrations were similarly decreased in both cell lines. These results suggest that the autism LCLs exhibit a reduced glutathione reserve capacity in both cytosol and mitochondria that may compromise antioxidant defense and detoxification capacity under prooxidant conditions.

And this one :

One of the harmful effects of mercury action during its accumulation in a body in a region contaminated by mercury is the excessive release of reactive oxygen species and increased lipid peroxidation in the cells.

Some other caveats to share from the Sulforaphane research study:

•   The authors seem to imply genetics, more so than environmental insult, as the predetermined road to autism -- “a variety of small molecules including sulforaphane can ameliorate a number of unrelated genetic disorders by activating the “stress proteome,” which regulates many of the aforementioned damaging processes.”

•   One of the authors, Andrew W. Zimmerman, M.D., Pediatric Neurologist, is well known for his involvement in both the Hannah Poling case of regressive autism after vaccination and as an expert witness for the U.S. Government (HHS) in the Autism Omnibus cases:

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Cape Cod Housing, Early Intervention

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

Oct 20, 2014, Cape Cod News: Autism housing explored in Dennis

Oct 20, 2014, IPWatchdog.com: The Ebola Outbreak and Current State of Vaccine Development

Oct 18, 2014, Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter: More parents opting out of vaccinating their children

Oct 18, 2014, Boston Globe: Autistic children thrill at performance of The Lion King - Style, By Bella English

Oct 18, 2014, Daytona Beach News-Journal: Early intervention and autism (Editorial)

Oct 16, 2014, Financial Post (Canada): Crippling medical research

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Katie Wright

Dr. Paul Wang Has Turned Autism Speaks into the CDC's Lapdog

Blue Dog Autism Speaks


By Katie Wright

I love the movie, “Radio Days.” It’s a comedy loosely based on Woody Allen’s close-knit Jewish family living in Brooklyn in the 1940s.  There is a great scene in which Woody Allen’s family, who are mildly observant Jews, are angry and offended by their Jewish neighbors, who happen to be communists, having a noisy party on the Sabbath.  Woody Allen’s uncle starts yelling that their neighbor basically thumbing their nose at Judaism and that he is, “going over to make them understand they need to respect the Sabbath!”

 The uncle storms out only to return like 30 minutes later with a crazed look in his eye. The family asks why the music next door is still blasting and the uncle says, “why should we be beholden to religion? We are workers who keep the means of production going! What has religion done for the proletariat?” Just under an hour and the Woody Allen’s naive uncle is completely brainwashed by his communist neighbors.

The horrendous interview with Dr. Paul Wang, Autism Speaks Medical Director, and Ronan Farrow reminded me so much of that “Radio Days” scene.  Dr. Wang claimed to be “agnostic” about the vaccine issue when hired. Right, I know what you are thinking. “agnostic” seems to always = vaccines are 100% perfectly safe and how dare you ask questions! Still Wang promised that he was “open minded.” Believe me, NONE of this was my call; I am just giving you the public back-story.

Incredibly, Dr. Wang had almost no clinical experience before becoming medical director of AS! So I invited Dr. Wang to AutismOne, the NAA and the Autism Education Summit conferences. These conferences are all about ASD MEDICAL issues and treatment innovations. More importantly I thought it would be valuable for Dr. Wang to spend time with cutting edge ASD clinical experts like Dr. Rossingnol, Dr. Usman and Dr. Bock, doctors I know he has never met or whose work he has never read. Dr. Wang could also spend time with parents of severely medically affected ASD kids, you know, the kind of kids Wang is supposed to be serving. But no and no. Dr. Wang was not interested in learning more about our kids or about the latest ASD medical interventions. Oh, no! Dr. Rob Ring, AS’ Chief Science Officer of Dr Wang will not go anywhere near these conferences!

I will tell you where Dr. Wang and Dr. Ring DO hang out: at super conservative and academic conferences like genetics conferences, IMFAR and in Dr. Tom Insel’s office! At IMFAR one basically “learns” autism is all genetic, except for those trouble making oldie parents! At IMFAR one also learns that the only “treatment” is to “learn the signs and get early intervention.” Oh and if early intervention doesn’t work- tough luck for you and your kid!  With Insel, Wang learns all about how parents of vaccine injured kids are just, “looking for someone to blame,” because we all know ASD is basically genetic, and so forth. You get the picture.

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Will Tyrants and Kings Test the Ebola Vaccine?

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I'm a Bruce Springsteen fan.  After 9/11, his album "The Rising" took on many of the political challenges of the day - including personal responsibility from those who demanded sacrifice from others.   The song was called "The Last to Die, " the lyrics go like this:

Who'll be the last to die for a mistake
The last to die for a mistake
Whose blood will spill, whose heart will break
Who'll be the last to die

Who'll be the last to die for a mistake
The last to die for a mistake
Darlin' will tyrants and kings fall to the same fate
Strung up at your city gates
And you're the last to die for a mistake



Well now that we have been properly scared to death over Ebola - there is a vaccine trial underway in Maryland.  I don't want anyone to die. Who does?  But there are tyrants and "kings" telling us what to do regarding vaccination, without a care for what our kids have already endured. What our families have endured. Protect the herd is their mantra.  I would like to know if the tyrants and kings (and queens) of pro-vaccination are lining up to test this vaccine, so that the rest of us can safely avoid Ebola infection.   My list would include Seth Mnookin, Paul Offit, Nancy Snyderman, Art Caplan, Alison Singer, Dorit Reiss, Amy Pisani, Rosalyn Carter (wait, she's over 65, nevermind),  Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, Elizabeth Cohen, Anderson Cooper... feel free to add to the list in the comments.  

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Cathy Jameson

No Greater Joy

Got-joyBy Cathy Jameson

I met a young woman at a car dealership just about two years ago. I was there to get an oil change.  She and her family were car shopping.  Sitting in the child play area with two of my kids, the young woman parked her stroller opposite of where we were sitting and unbuckled her boys.  She got her toddler and baby settled with some toys while her husband remained with a sales clerk to discuss cars.

I stole a few glances at the woman.  She was pregnant.  Trying to calculate her boys' ages, I thought to myself, Wow, soon to be three kids under the age of three.  Just like I had. 

Thinking back to my early days of parenting, I remembered how busy I was.  How tiring it was.  And sometimes how old I felt.  This woman so young.  She too so busy.  But she didn’t have time to be tired.  She was keeping tabs on her boys and sat down with them when they sat to play.  She jumped up when one scooted off to a different corner of the room.  She also stayed one step ahead of her other son he wanted to explore what lay beyond the play area. 

The older boy reminded me of my brother when my brother was a baby—tan skin, curls, deliciously round cheeks.  And happy.  Her older son was so happy.  I found myself giggling as I watched him. 

The young woman and I made eye contact and said a polite hello.  She tried to apologize for how quickly her boys took over the play area.  I told her not to worry. I had five kids, also close in age.  Her sons were a delight and certainly not a bother.  I picked up a magazine but continued to steal glances of her children as I read.  I was drawn to them. 

The oil change was taking longer than usual. The automotive rep came over and apologized for how long things were taking.  He added that it would be a little bit longer.  I didn't mind.  In fact, I was glad to have a reason to stick around.  I felt an overwhelming urge to talk to the young mom.  I get that feeling every now and then, that I'm in the right place at the right time.  But it’s not for my benefit; it’s tends to be someone else's. 

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Dan Olmsted, Dan Olmsted

Weekly Wrap: Epidemics, Fast and Slow

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

We knew this was coming: “Imagine cities, countries, and entire continents ravaged by Ebola-like outbreaks, with millions dying in the streets from crippling, incurable, and fatal diseases,” someone named Eliyahu Federman writes over at Fox News. “That is what the world looked like before the middle of the last century - before the widespread use and development of vaccines that eradicated these diseases.”

And of course the return of this pestilence is all on Jenny McCarthy: “Celebrities like Jenny McCarthy are scaring parents out of vaccinating their children, spreading misinformation and promoting conspiracy theories, such as the long-disproved claim that vaccines cause autism.”

Conflating death in the streets with reasonable concern that vaccines cause autism is really pushing Ebola NY Postit, wouldn’t you say? The fact is that an effective response to a rapidly spreading epidemic – Ebola in Africa – is completely consistent with taking action to end a slower but no less damaging one in America – autism and other disorders caused by the bloated and out-of-control CDC childhood immunization schedule.

And isn’t it interesting how the CDC has ended up on the wrong side of both? Its stewardship of the response to the arrival of Ebola on our shores has been so messed up that President Obama just appointed a lawyer – a lawyer, not a doctor! – to run things from here on. As far as I can tell he has zero background in public health whatsoever. What a relief.

I thought only medical professionals were qualified to make decisions about such things as disease control and prevention. But maybe not – maybe they let infectious people on planes, don’t provide effective protection to the help (aka nurses), don’t “scramble the jets” when they really do need scrambling (Ebola), and do scramble them when they don’t (chickenpox, influenza, rotavirus, etc).

Rather than demonstrating the bankruptcy of concern over vaccination policies, Ebola points to the bungling of the people who are in charge of those policies.

Now, whether a vaccine for Ebola would be a good thing or not, the fact is there is't one. What we’re seeing at the moment is the importance (and, unfortunately, the failure) of common sense public health measures – quarantining the infected, getting basic sanitation and safe water and health infrastructures into the developing world, and finding not just preventives, but treatment. Using the blood of people who’ve survived Ebola to treat people fighting infection is an old idea – the diphtheria toxin-antitoxin was derived from the blood of infected horses. But it works!

Taking advantage of Ebola to claim once again that vaccines don't cause autism – when the fact is, vaccines do cause autism – is really quite unpleasant, not to mention irrelevant. We have to retain the ability to prevent and respond to urgent outbreaks like Ebola along with the slower-moving kind. It’s taken 25 years of a bloated and corrupt vaccine policy, but half the kids in this country now suffer from some kind of neurodevelopmental or chronic condition.

That’s what's killing us, not Ebola.

--

Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism

Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Bought: The Movie

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

 Oct 17, 2014, Extinction Protocol: Ebola epidemic may not end without developing vaccine, scientist warns

Oct 14, 2014, WWGF News: The Making Of Bought The Movie (Part 1)

Oct 14, 2014, National Geographic: Long Quest for Ebola Vaccine Slowed by Science, Ethics, Politics

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

PLAGUE - "Sweeping the Country this Fall!"

Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

In every great conflict there is an event which fundamentally alters the balance of forces between the two sides.

As England struggled in the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill wondered how he could get the industrial might and manpower of  the United States to stand with him against Nazi Germany.  The Japanese obliged him by bombing Pearl Harbor, then as America wondered if they should also join the fight against Germany, Hitler made the decision easy by declaring war on the United States.  England and America would stand together through that long and bitter conflict.

It was with this idea in mind that I co-wrote, PLAGUE, a book which has the potential to unite the communities of those who suffer with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), autism, Lyme disease, and prostate cancer.  In the person of Dr. Judy Mikovits I found a fearless and compassionate scientist who would not rest while so many suffered.

PLAGUE does speak not with an "inside voice."  PLAGUE kicks down doors, tosses in a few flash grenades, and rushes in with a SWAT team.  It's important to catch the bad guys in the act.  When there are millions who suffer every day with these diseases, and our public health authorities offer nothing, anything less than a full-out effort is a crime.

And when our mandarins of public health tell us to be patient, allowing them time to figure out how they can change the parameters of a study already in progress, (because it will reveal inconvenient truths) we the people, must not let them get away with it.  You see, those who work in "public health" work for us, the public.

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Current Affairs

Support for Bay Village Ohio Family After Charges Filed in Ice Bucket "Challenge"

Bay Village signPlease join us in support of the family who is now dealing with both the trauma of the initial Ice Bucket Challenge and scurrilous, uniformed and downright vicious comments in media reports from coast to coast. The complaints filed today against five Bay High School students accused of dousing a 15-year-old classmate with a mixture that included urine are appropriate, says a lawyer for the teen's family. Thanks in part to TV, movies and the push from within some of the Autism and Asperger's community for so called "neurodiversity", most Americans have ZERO idea of the real challenges of autism including the diminished ability to separate friend from foe. The result is that this boy is being blamed for what happened to him by some. And his mother and father are reeling from the judgemental comments about their parenting ability, not to mention having to read lies about their son from- the "woulda shoulda coulda" armchair autism "experts" who frankly, haven't a single clue. 

Please share your kind words with the family in our comments. I promise you, Mom and Dad will read every single one.  Thank you.  KIM

10/14/14 BAY VILLAGE, Ohio -- The complaints filed today against five Bay High School students accused of dousing a 15-year-old classmate with a mixture that included urine are appropriate, says a lawyer for the teen's family.

Attorney Dean Valore said the family of the teen, who has autism, is very supportive of what are the juvenile equivalent of disorderly conduct charges against all students, who are between the ages of 14 and 16. In addition, three of the teens face misdemeanor assault charges. 

"I think that's no any small thing," said Valore, referring to the accusations of assault. 

He said Ohio has no felony charge that fits the facts in the case. But he said advocates for people with disabilities may push for such a charge in the wake of the incident.

The 15-year-old thought he was participating in the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but instead was doused with the mixture of urine, tobacco, spit and water, according to prosecutors.

Valore said the teen was duped and "wanted to fit in with the crowd," but then felt humiliated when he realized what had happened. "This boy was picked on because he was a little different," the lawyer said. "This was a dignity issue."  Read the full article and the comments here.

Current Affairs

Sharyl Attkisson On Ebola's Spread: What's Going Wrong

SharylNote: Ebola is a major news story and we at AofA follow disease, CDC and Sharyl logo medical issues closely.   And from the "Never let a crisis go to waste files," "Get A Flu Shot and Help Your LA County Physicians Prepare for Ebola."

Below, journalist Sharyl Attkisson details the unfolding Ebola story.  Please mark her website as a favorite.

November 2008, Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles.)

Ebola’s U.S. Spread: What’s Going Wrong?

  • More U.S. Ebola cases expected
  • Infectious disease experts challenge CDC view that Ebola is “not airborne”
  • Public health official worries about “The Tylenol Scenario”

With today’s announcement of a third Ebola victim in the United States—two of them transmitted on American soil—the words of a government health adviser resonated. Asked last week whether there would be more cases in the U.S., the official declared: “It’s inevitable.”

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Watching A Movie Makes You "Anti-Vaccine?"

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Oct 14, 2014, Trumbull Times, Shelton, CT: Anti-vaccine candidate? Cook-Littman slams GOP attack

Oct 13, 2014, CNN: Ebola: Five ways the CDC got it wrong by Elizabeth Cohen

Oct 13, 2014, Aluminium could be poisoning our brains and causing Alzheimer's, professor claims 

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Vaccine Safety

The Obscure Federal Court: National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Lady justiceBy Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde

National Law Review published an article on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) on 10/13/14. The author, Jenna Greene, did a thorough job of interviewing people who have worked in the program and reported on concerns that many people concerned about vaccine injury have been pointing out for years.

We recommend that people read the full article here: 

The article noted how contentious the program has become. Many of the comments in the article are remarkable. Here is a sampling:

"I'm so disappointed in it," said Michael Hugo, senior litigation counsel to Khorrami Boucher's Boston office…it makes me sick to try to do these cases because I've seen how bad it has become."

It wasn't supposed to be difficult. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was originally created as a bail-out for pharmaceutical companies, which during the 1980s were being hammered in court by juries sympathetic to brain-damaged children, even if the vaccine makers had properly produced the product. By the end of 1984, only one company was still making the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine and shortages loomed.

"It was supposed to be a friendly, fast alternative program that didn't require the protections plaintiffs would have in civil litigation," such as discovery or trial by jury, Gentry said. "It's the complete opposite."

Once again, HRSA’s David Bowman comments about autism cases:

The fight these days isn't about autism, at least not much. In 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld two decisions by special masters rejecting a causal connection between vaccines and autism. Since then, 4,926 of 5,637 autism cases have been dismissed by the vaccine court, according David Bowman, a spokesman for the Health Resources and Services Administration. The court "has not compensated any cases based upon autism alone in the absence of sudden serious brain illness after vaccination," he wrote in an email.

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Current Affairs

Meet Robert F. Kennedy in Minneapolis on 11/1 at Book Symposium


Flyer symposiumRobert F. Kennedy Jr. to Discuss Vaccine Mercury
Controversy at Minnesota Book Symposium Nov. 1

Eight authors to speak on corruption & censorship in health science

BLOOMINGTON, MN – Scientists, attorneys and journalists will gather in Minnesota to discuss medical injuries which may have been caused by over zealous public health policies and procedures  at the Health Choice/Skyhorse Publishing Book Symposium Saturday, November 1. The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Drive in Bloomington.  

Register before 10/20 and you receive all 8 books for just $99.00.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the attorney, radio host, Riverkeeper and author, will read from his book Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak – The Evidence Supporting the Immediate Removal of Mercury – a Known Neurotoxin – from Vaccines. Kennedy has appeared on various TV and radio programs explaining how government is suppressing evidence showing how the ethylmercury-based vaccine preservative damages and kills cells at extremely low doses.

Other book presentations on the intersection of science and politics include:

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Anne Dachel

Dr. Manny Alvarez Calls for Dr. Thomas Frieden's Resignation

Manny alvarezBy Anne Dachel

Oct 13, 2014, Fox News medical expert Dr. Manny Alvarez went on the offensive against the leadership shown by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in handling the Ebola threat.  He called for the resignation of CDC head, Dr. Thomas Frieden.

Right now, I'm not as afraid of Ebola as I am of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The agency held a press conference Monday to provide an update on the transmission of Ebola to a nurse that cared for Thomas Eric Duncan.

After listening to this update, I have to say, I am more convinced than ever that CDC director, Dr. Tom Frieden is not the right person for the job. And I say this because this latest press conference consisted of him telling a room of reporters what anyone who has ever dealt with Ebola in the past should have known.

While Alvarez seems to be a crusader for truth and action in the case of Ebola, he's a completely different person when the subject is autism. 

Alvarez joined Fox News in 2005 when the autism rate was one in every 166 kids, which means he's been around for the steady stream of increases:

2007: 1 in 150

2009: 1 in 110

2012: 1 in 88

2014: 1 in 68

Each and every time the agency announced a new rate, there was always a spokesperson from the CDC adding that officials weren't sure if the increase really meant more kids have the disorder or if just represented better diagnosing.  Every single time.  

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Vaccines and Celebrating Awareness

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Oct 13, 2014, Vermont Public Radio: Spencer Rendahl: Vaccine Choices

Oct 12, 2014, New York Times: Fear of Vaccines Goes Viral

Oct 11, 2014, TIME: How Words Can Kill in the Vaccine Fight

Oct 11, 2014, SharylAttkisson.com: Polio-like Illness Claims Sixth Life in U.S.

Oct 11, 2014, The Buffalo News: Top fears about vaccines, and how to rest easier

Oct 10, 2014, WRAL Raleigh, NC: Thousands celebrate autism awareness in downtown Raleigh

Oct 9, 2025, Financial Post: Lawrence Solomon: We’re more vulnerable to diseases

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CDC Whistleblower

Fanning the Flames of the CDC Whistleblower Story

Fan the flamesBy Eben Plettner

The recent revelations of Dr. William Thompson of the CDC that have caused this firestorm on social media is spreading. Many people may not think it seem to be happening very fast, but have no doubt that is it spreading and many people are waking up. When Dr Thompson first came out there was just a group of parents on social media and a few select “secondary” media markets writing about it. Slowly the word has spread until now even mainstream media outlets are covering it, regardless of how they are framing it the word is getting out there and people are listening.

If there is any other sign of the power of these revelation you need look no further than that the mainstream media. They have started to talk about the CDC Whistleblower and even if they are trying to frame the debate in an unfavorable light, the word will spread even faster the more they talk about it. Any independent reader/listener easily sees through their feeble attempts to dismiss or divert from the truth that the CDC has been lying. If the approach that the mainstream media is taking bothers anyone just remember that any news is good news and so much better than no news.

A good example is the recent article on ABC, they tried to be dismissive of Brian Hooker's paper and repeat it's been debunked but they mention CDC scientist Dr. Thompson and even have used several of his quotes. That is a huge win for us, a major news organization telling the public that there is a Whistleblower in the CDC and that he fervently believes that they have been covering up a link with autism for over a decade. There's no way to whitewash that no matter how hard they scream.

It is now on CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Huffington Post and more. They have even had mothers on as guests who have done an amazing job showing a honest and true face to our movement. A logical and calm mother against a hyped up argumentative tv host goes a long way. We can no longer say mainstream media is not covering it as they are now and it will only come faster now as other networks will not want to be left behind. Eventually even the talk shows will need to cover it and then we start to get the real debate. As we keep talking the word will get out more and more and people will really start to listen. We may be considered the “fringe” for a quite a while more but the more our story is told the more we become accepted.

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Current Affairs, Kent Heckenlively

BOUGHT - Doing the Job 60 MINUTES Used to Do!

Bought MovieBy Kent Heckenlively

WOW! WOW!  WOW!  That's my first reaction after seeing the wonderful new film BOUGHT by director Bobby Sheehan and producer Jeff Hays. (Full disclosure - I donated to the making of the film and am delighted by the results!)

The documentary covers three important and inter-locking stories, the effects of vaccines on children's health, the criminal activities of pharmaceutical companies in the marketing of drugs as well as the billions of dollars in fines they are often given by the government agencies, but which for them are little more than the cost of doing business, and the unknown effects of genetically-modified foods on humans and nature.

As somebody who grew up during a time when true investigative journalism was very much alive and well, I can't help but be nostalgic for the kind of stories 60 MINUTES used to do.  There was no screaming and yelling, just tough questions being asked, while the camera stayed focused on the person being asked the question.  If somebody made an assertion which was at odds with that very quaint concept we once used to call "truth", a document would appear on the screen to show the lie.

It's a sad state of affairs when there has been such a collaboration between BIG business and BIG government that it seems we've lost that revolutionary, inquiring spirit which defines so much of what I once thought was the American character.  I used to trust the reporters in the media to not only shape my view of the world, but also to occasionally challenge what I thought I knew.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Cynthia McKinney on Autism & Ferguson Missouri

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

Oct 13, 2014, San Francisco Bay View: Cynthia McKinney on autism and Ferguson

(Radio interview--14 minutes)

While people were righteously rebelling in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, against police terrorism, a Center for Disease Control whistleblower confirmed something that has been on the lips of conscious ghetto dwellers for decades. International peace activist Cynthia McKinney speaks on the U.S. government spreading autism through vaccinations in the Black community, on Ferguson and much more...

So this is something new that our community is having to cope with, and it's reminiscent of Listeneugenics because they knew that whatever the formula was that they were using was going to have an adverse effect on Black babies - Black male babies in particular is what they studied. But there was this adverse reaction, and they did nothing; they remained silent. It's outrageous....

I have not read of any response of the national Black Caucus, but I could not imagine that the Congressional Black Caucus would remain silent on this. They’ve been veritably silent on many issues, especially what was going on in Gaza. There’s been a lot of discussion about why members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Black officials in general were so silent on Gaza, but I cannot imagine silence on something like this. And the most activist members of Congress that I’ve read about who are on this – forcing the CDC to turn over papers – are Republicans actually.

McKinney is a former six term U.S. Rep from Atlanta, GA (of all places!).  I hope the African American community demands answers.  It is outrageous.

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

John Stone

Autism Speaks, Business and the CDC

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By John Stone

Many of us stared with Dan Olmsted in disbelief the other day when Dr Paul Wang, the recently appointed medical director declared to the fluffy Ronan Farrow that MMR prevents autism.

For the record, Wang is a pharmaceutical industry insider. The Autism Speaks press announcement of his appointment states  :

"Dr. Wang joins Autism Speaks from Seaside Therapeutics, where he served as vice president of clinical and medical affairs, and oversaw the company’s groundbreaking arbaclofen programs in autism and fragile X."

It does not actually mention that "the groundbreaking programs" failed.

Before that Wang was with Pfizer:

"Prior to joining Seaside Therapeutics, Dr. Wang was senior director, clinical development at Pfizer Global Research and Development from 2002-2008, where he helped lead medicines development programs for neurobehavioral disorders, including bipolar, ADHD and epilepsy. "

A fundamental problem for Autism Speaks (which was set up with $25m dollar endowment from CDC Foundation director emeritus Bernie Marcus) is that its partnerships with industry, over therapeutic treatments for autism, conflicts with locating the environmental causes.

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Vaccine Safety

Dr. Nancy "Just Get Your Damn Vaccine" Snyderman Breaks Ebola Quarantine, Risks Herd

Do_as_i_say_20090516Oh dear.  Did Dr. Nancy "exempt" herself from the rules to which she demands everyone else adhere? Vaccine industry watchdog, NBC News' Dr. Nancy Snyderman appears to have been caught not taking her responsibility to "the herd" seriously.  You know Dr. Nancy - the woman who, during the H1N1 scare admonished viewers, "There's no conspiracy, listen to your government, just get the damn vaccine!" Yes, the woman who tells us all that risk benefit analysis is secondary to protecting your neighbor, so called herd immunity, was spotted in Princeton, New Jersey  according to several eye witneses (see below.)

Ah, the price of fame, fortune and pharma, nowhere to run or hide.  

She seemed to disregard her voluntary 21 day isolation following her proximity to Ebola during a trip to Liberia on the NBC "If it bleeds it leads" disease tour. I think the mention of the "black Mercedes" by Planet Princeton (below) was a nice touch. Perhaps she thought that her car was considered isolation - tell that to the guys at the car wash.... 

Dr. Snyderman has been issued a full quarantine in response to her lackadaisical approach to Ebola.




Planet Princeton reported

Several Planet Princeton readers have reported seeing NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman in public over the past day.

Snyderman allegedly was seen sitting in her car outside of the Peasant Grill in Hopewell Boro this afternoon. A reader reported that a man who was with her got out of the car and went inside the restaurant to pick up a take-out order. Another man was in the back seat of her black Mercedes. Snyderman had sunglasses on and had her hair pulled back, the reader said.

An American freelance cameraman working with Snyderman in Liberia last week tested positive for Ebola. Snyderman, a resident of Princeton, was flown back to the United States with a crew member on a private charter flight this weekend. Snyderman and her crew were going to be placed under voluntary quarantine for 21 days as a precaution, NBC News President Deborah Turness announced in a written statement on Oct. 3 (see the letter below). NBC said the group would be closely monitored and was showing no symptoms or warning signs of Ebola.

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Cathy Jameson

Best of Age of Autism: A Letter to Moms Everywhere

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Dearest One,

As you open your eyes this morning, even if your day started at some ridiculous hour because of your child, I had a thought I needed to share with you:  no one but you knows what it takes to be the mother of a child like yours.  No one understands his health needs like you do.  No one prepares his enzymes, supplements or allergen-free foods like you have done for years.  No one sits through hours of therapy appointments like you have and will continue to do.  No one stays up late at night reading message boards discussing speech therapy, parasite protocols and IEP meeting strategy.  No one.  What you do for that child of yours is amazing. 

Today is your day.  Enjoy it.  Soak in it.  Revel in the attention.  You might be showered with millions of smiles accompanied with hand-made gifts from your typical kids.  You might receive flowers to brighten your day.  A box of chocolates wrapped just right will taste delicious as you savor its tasty indulgence.  Someone, or several someones are shining today’s spotlight on you.  Take it all in today.  Be that typical Mother you still dream of being to all of your children because tomorrow you will return to reality. A reality where no one truly knows what it takes to be a mother of a child like yours. 

No one knows your child inside and out like you do.  No one sees his potential like you do.  No one feels excitement from a milestone achieved like you do.  No one shouts to the rooftops about his gains like you do.  No one stands prouder for that child than you.  With your support and encouragement you have earned the chance to shine alongside your child. 

When the shine fades, as it has in certain situations, you better believe no one knows your child like you do.  No one has the keen sense of hearing you do that lets you know a door has been opened that should have been locked.  No one hears your child’s painful cry and can instantly pinpoint what is bothering him like you do.  No one suffers silently like you do when he’s been rejected by his peers on the playground.   No one knows that child of yours like you do. 

That child has formed your thoughts, your passion and your actions.  That child has created parts of you that can never be removed.  Mother that child.  Mother him well.  Mother him even on the days that are excruciating, unbearable and endless.  Mother him when you feel like you can’t take it anymore.  Mother him when you think you feel like you are on the verge of walking away.  Mother him because no one else knows your child like you do.  

Your child brought you to where you are today.  Your child is the link to another Mother’s discovery that her child is also sick and needs help.  Your child is the focus of another Mother’s determination.  Your child’s progress and gains have become the key for another Mother to unlock her child’s lost skills.  Your child is shaping the future of another.  What a feeling that must be! 

You might not be on the receiving end of knowing how your child affects another person.  But, you are appreciated for what you do and for what you say.  You are stronger than you believe you are.  You are braver than you think you are.  You are Mother to a beautiful being.  Believe in that child.  Do as much as you can for that child.  Do as much as you can but always remember to take care of yourself along the way.

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Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Autism Speaks Says To Get the MMR and Prevent Autism!

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For sheer spectacle, it’s hard to top – and maybe a little hard to watch – Autism Speaks flip, flop and flounder in the perilous sea of autism causation.

But now they’ve really cast their lot with the vaccine injury deniers. I don’t see much more wiggle room. On Thursday, Ronan Farrow on MSNBC did an interview that managed to mangle just about every fact surround the William Thompson whistleblower controversy. He began by announcing that some are calling this Vaccine Injury Awareness Month.

Farrow attributed this to the “anti-vaccine” movement and said one of the most common alleged vaccine injuries on this group’s list was autism. “The problem,” he said, “is there’s zero evidence of such a link. The Centers for Disease Control, reviewing existing literature, concluding there’s not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism.” No mention of the inherent conflict that the CDC promotes vaccination.

“Where does the autism conspiracy theory come from?” Farrow asks. “Well, a study published in 2004 found a potential link between vaccines and autism in African-American boys. But this past August, two of the authors did a re-analysis of the data and concluded that their earlier analysis was faulty, apologizing for omitting key information.”

Say what now? This is pretty close to gibberish.

“The report has since been removed from the public domain. So what is fact and what is fiction?”

Enter AS. “So joining me now is Paul Wang,” senior vice president and director of medical research for Autism Speaks. “Clarity is the most important thing here,” Farrow says, having already muddled things irretrievably. “So first of all walk me through what happens with this mysterious study. It seems to have proven back in 2004 that there was a link, but there are problems.”

What now, again?

Wang says: “It’s a very interesting study. If you look back at the original study from 2004, it did say -- there was no cover-up – it did say there seemed to be a higher risk for autism among children who got the MMR vaccine before three years of age. The part that nobody’s talking about if you looked in that study, children who got the MMR on time, which is before 18 months, there is no increased risk. So it actually looked like the increased risk was in people who were getting it late. There’s no cover-up there, that’s in the original study.

“Even this new analysis, which has since been retracted, doesn’t challenge that. People who got it on time have no increased risk for autism.”

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Debunk = Hoodwink Talk

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

Oct 9, 2014  MSNBC:  The truth about vaccines & autism |

The truth about vaccines & autism

We debunk the myths and bring you the facts about the heated debate over what vaccines have to do with autism with Autism Speaks Senior Vice President, Dr. Paul Wang.

MSNBC's Ronan Farrow: "There's zero evidence of such a link.  The Centers for Disease Control, reviewing existing literature, concluded there is not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism.

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Anne Dachel

Huffington Post Lawrence Solomon: More Parents in CA Opting Out of Vaccination

Intelligent womenReaders, chime in in our comments - what is your education level, are you (or perhaps we should ask were you) affluent?  Me? I went to a top New England prep school, Tufts University (Dr. Paul Offit's alma mater) was graduated from Boston College cum laude.  My education gave me critical thinking skills and the ability to do research. And there you have it. My Dad was a dentist/orthodontist, my sister, a Tufts grad went into political administration and my brother is an architect.  We have no autism or Asperger's in our family.  Nor does my husband who is also a private school and Jesuit college graduate.  And we used to be sort of affluent. KS

 By Anne Dachel

October 8, 2014, Huffington Post: More Parents in California Are Refusing to Vaccinate Their Kids By Lawrence Solomon

... The parents who are balking at having their children vaccinated are overwhelmingly well educated and affluent. For example, in the San Francisco Bay area's prosperous Marin County (median family income $90,000), the opt-out rate is three to four times that of less-well-off neighboring Bay counties. The individual California schools logging the highest op-out rates cater to liberal communities within Los Angeles County: The City School in Lake Balboa (88 per cent opt-outs) and Maple Village Waldorf School in Long Beach (87 per cent opt-outs). Opt-out rates are especially high in private schools....

State-wide, the average opt-out rate remains low -- despite the doubling, it barely exceeds 3 per cent. But public health officials are worried because the parents creating the opt-out trend tend to be opinion-leaders, raising the possibility that the doubling trend will snowball and threaten the full-vaccination goals of the public health officials. In other states, too, the parents leading the anti-vaccination trend are formidable: According to a survey in Pediatrics, unvaccinated children have a mother who is at least 30 years old, has at least one college degree and whose household has an annual income of at least $75,000. ...

Lawrence Solomon, a columnist with the National Post, was formerly a columnist with the Globe and Mail, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine. He cites a fact that the media doesn't want to investigate, namely that the BETTER EDUCATED PARENTS ARE, THE LESS LIKELY THEY ARE TO VACCINATE THEIR CHILDREN.  These are people who've gone beyond the the claims of doctors and health officials who tell us constantly that vaccines are safe and lifesaving.  These affluent, educated parents have looked into the arguments on both sides and they're not convinced that they should simply line their kids up for any and all vaccines.  The media would have us believe that only easily swayed, uninformed parents opt out of vaccinations.  Clearly that's not true. 

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Current Affairs

Watch "Bought The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Healthcare and Food"

Bought Movie“Your health is now brought to you by Wall Street. If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re are doing to our health care.”  This new movie from Jeff Hays debuts today.

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The hidden story about vaccines, autism, drugs and food… Americas health has been BOUGHT. Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” Vaccines. GMOs. Big Pharma. Three big, BIG, okay… HUGE topics in one film. Why? Why not 3 films, why put all this in one movie? Great question, 2 answers. 1st and most importantly: We need to band together. We need a mainstream film, not another radical movie that only interests the “already converted”. Over 5 million people supported Prop 37 in CA. Reportedly, over 2 million worldwide marched against Monsanto in a global protest. There are thousands of actively involved parents focused on vaccine safety truth. We’re going to use multiple groups to make sure the critical message in this film “crosses the chasm” and makes it into mainstream. We’ve already allied with some of the most successful voices in these areas. We can’t afford to stay “silo’ed”, focused on only one key issue. These causes are directly related, and we need to harness all of us to draw close to the level of noise put out by the medical-industrial conglomerate. Combining all three topics makes wonderful storytelling, because it’s the same villain! You peel back the layers and see what’s really driving our industrialized food, our insane vaccine expansion, and our love affair with pharmaceuticals- it’s the same villain. It’s a risky story to tell, but would be a tragedy to passively consent to with silence. There is something horribly wrong with health care today. Huge money, billions and billions of dollars flowing into the same pockets. Meanwhile, MD’s aren’t being allowed to actually practice the art of medicine and anyone who questions vaccination safety, pharmaceuticals, factory farms, etc. is ridiculed and belittled. Meanwhile, the billions keep flowing, carried on a river of pain and anguish. Huge corporations funded by individual misery, one broken life at a time. Three huge stories, each worthy of multiple films, but each brought together by one staggering fact: it’s the same villain. These three story lines converge on Wall Street, in a tale of corruption, greed and shocking lack of conscience.

CDC Whistleblower, Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Isolated Autism - The CDC Whistleblower Details the MMR Scientific Deception

Whistleblower-protectionNew video from Autism Media Channel on Isolated Autism.

AMC opens up a second front on the CDC whistleblower scandal. The story of children with "isolated" autism - those the CDC predicted would be most likely victims of an MMR vaccine injury. #CDCwhistleblower #hearthiswell

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Teresa Conrick

My Country Tis of PANDAS and PANS

Pandas MapBy Teresa Conrick

Since 1989, the first 50 cases of PANDAS  have multiplied across the United States.  Like Autism, PANDAS has received the  "special treatment"  --irrelevant, genetic studies, doctor skepticism and not enough pertinent research.  At a recent Microbiome Conference, I listened as both Autism and PANDAS/PANS were described as diagnoses that appear to be manifested behaviors that may originate in the bacterial and viral stew we each harbor in our guts.  Those with an Autism diagnosis have an altered microbiome -- but why?  And how does that relate to PANDAS/PANS?

What is happening to so many children?  Will PANDAS/PANS cases start to be counted and will the familiar mantras of denial --- "BETTER DIAGNOSIS", "HAS ALWAYS BEEN AROUND BUT CALLED SOMETHING ELSE" squash the help so many families need -- PREVENTION and TREATMENT?

As the years have passed, PANDAS has also become PANS since it has been observed by parents, Pandas ILresearchers and learned doctors that STREP is not the only microbial infection that can trigger the dreadful symptoms.  Parents of so many affected children and teens have risen up to do what those in the Autism community have done for years now - reach out to their local politicians, the media, plus friends and family, to draw attention to this increasing disorder.  On the map above, from the hugely favorite PandasNetwork.org, you can see the many states in which each governor declared October 9th as National PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day.  Here are some of us, Illinois mothers, celebrating when Illinois Governor Quinn signed the decree last year. Wendy Nawara and Michele Kleczkowsky next to me and holding the declaration, have both been wonderful advocates for our kids and integral in spreading the word about October 9th PANDAS/PANS Day.  Wendy runs a great FB group for IL, like other parents around the country do in their states, while also reaching out to local politicians and media.  October 9th is the day that all of these states will collectively shout out that too many children are ill with PANDAS/PANS and some are being misdiagnosed and ending up in psychiatric hospitals, not getting the proper immune  treatments that they need.  Some of those children may also have an Autism diagnosis and the overlap of symptoms may indicate a very sick immune system and a very dysfunctional microbiome.

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Anne Dachel

Dachel Media Update: Experimental Ebola Vaccine, MIT Hypothesis

Online newsBy Anne Dachel OurKids ad 2013

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

Oct 7, 2014, MIT News: Autism as a disorder of prediction 

Oct 3, 2014, Examiner.com: First healthy volunteers injected with experimental GMO Ebola vaccine

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Treatment, Treatment

Autism Education Summit: Dallas, Texas Offers Two Medical Tracks for Parents

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There's still time to plan your trip to Dallas, Texas for the inaugural Autism Education Summit.  There are two medical tracks; one for parents who are new to treatment, the other for parents with experience under their belts.

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

Registration is only $79 and includes:

Access To All Summit Lectures

Complimentary Coffee and Tea Throughout the Event

Gift Bag with Products, Conference Program Guide and Vendor Coupons

Admission to the Friday Night Welcome Party and the Saturday Night Spectacular Event! Includes one alcoholic drink per event.

Regular Registration - July 1 - October 16, 2014 $79 for one person, $139 for two people

Onsite Registration - This rate begins on October 17, 2014. $99 for one person, $199 for two people

The Summit is created by parents (that's the "experience") and physicians you've known and trusted for years (that's the medical expertise.)    You'll recognize the companies who are helping to bring you this event too.

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