Cognitive Dissonance Weighing Heavily on Pediatricians

Cognitive dissodenceBy Mary Romaniec

Not long ago I was at a meeting which featured a state public health pediatrician discussing how raising the smoking age leads to a lessening in tobacco use in youth. 

The physician speaking was charismatic, somewhat aloof and had a manner that signaled he was not used to being questioned contrarily.  As the lone reporter in the room I wrote his testimony and when he was done I followed him into the hall to ask follow up questions.

The conversation began simple enough, with me asking why he took on the challenge of youth tobacco use.  Turns out he was the initiator of the movement to raise the tobacco age across the country, and he did it by showing convincing data-based evidence, he said. 

Somehow we ended up on the topic of autism and special needs children when I mentioned my connection of working with families.  “Oh, so do I,” he told me.  “Only, they have to be vaccinated,” he said, with a smile that once again suggested he was not to be questioned. 

“Well, my son was vaccine injured and is medically exempt from all further vaccines,” I quipped.  “But he is also recovered Just stop no one caresfrom autism,” I added, which didn’t seem to surprise him. 

The conversation then touched on genetic predisposition, flu vaccine during pregnancy, and why some kids may be more susceptible to harm than others to the largest vaccine schedule in the world.  He paused at times to sort of agree with me since I was entirely non-confrontational, and had stopped taking notes for my report. 

Paul Offit’s friends think alike

Found out he’s a friend of Paul Offit, which explained much of the rest of our conversation.

He discussed the infant who died directly following a round of vaccines he had administered.  There were four in all of his years in practice that died within close proximity of their well check.  But the one who died suddenly bothered him.

I asked if he reported it to VAERS or acknowledged the vaccine reaction, and he shook his head.  Instead, he found a report put out in the UK that explained why these children would have died any way.  One report. 

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Dachel Wake Up: MMR Jab Rate Drops

Dachel Morning Wake UoPercentage of children under two getting MMR jab plunges

The percentage of children given the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab by their second birthday continues to fall, new figures show.

Some 91.9% of children in 2015/16 had received their first dose of the MMR vaccine by their second birthday, down on the 92.3% in 2014/15 and 92.7% the year before.

However, by the age of five, 94.8% of children had their first dose - a record high. GPs invite children for the first dose of the jab when they are 12 to 13 months. ...

I like the word "plunges"...They're still talking about rates well above 90 percent. What they're really worried about is the possibility that things will get worse.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


Not Allowed On Pubmed Commons: Reply To Prof Brugha On The UK Adult Autism Survey

Terry BrughaBy John Stone

Later this week the United Kingdom National Health Service is scheduled to publish a new set of adult psychiatric morbidity statistics, including autism, based on data collected in 2014. Below is the text of my response to Prof Traolach Brugha lead author of the 2009 UK adult autism survey and subsequent connected papers taken down from Pubmed Commons, after a complaint, three days ago. Clearly these are issues which deserve discussion and belong in the public domain. We would still be grateful to Prof Brugha if he would respond here if not on Pubmed. In an earlier reply to me on Pubmed Prof Brugha wrote:

Interested readers will find more information on the basis for the scoring of the diagnostic autism test ADOS-4 and evaluation of its use in a validation study published since (Brugha et al 2012). This additional research was required because the original scoring of the diagnostic autism test ADOS-4, at that time, had only been tested in teen age and young adult patients attending specialist US autism clinics; it had never been validated in the survey population, a random sample of adults and elderly people living in private households throughout England. The resulting validated scoring was different. We plan to publish more details of this.

This discloses the fundamental problem that Brugha and colleagues failed to use a standard method for diagnosing the “cases” in the survey (although they originally claimed they did) and have no real way of validating the method used a whole decade later. Here Brugha also introduces the red-herring that the diagnostic tool was developed in the US (though long in use in the UK as well), although it follows a letter in which they contest that their evidence has shown that autism is not only not rising in the UK but also not  rising in the US. The 2009 survey followed on a decade of inflated estimates by the UK National Autistic Society and the Department of Health of the numbers of adult autistic people in the population at large. The political agenda behind this was manifest in 2009 at the National Health Service launch of the survey when Sarah Boseley reported in the GuardianAutism just as common in adults, so MMR is off the hook'.

I am grateful to Prof Brugha for his response of 23 August.   The peer reviewers seem not to have noticed the missing the ADOS data?  Two of three of the ADOS Module 4 scores are missing from the from dataset provided to the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care by NATCEN [1].  
It seems inappropriate to claim a calibrated diagnostic instrument like the ADOS has been applied when it has not been.  


The authors reported [2] that they applied Module 4 of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule [the ADOS].  It seems not to have been followed.

The ADOS Module 4 provides for and requires the use of all three Module 4 scores in classifying each case.  If the ADOS had been applied, the three Module 4 scores for each case would be in the dataset.  They are not there.  

The dataset contains only one of three of the ADOS scores required for each claimed  “case”.  Omitting two of the three inevitably includes as “cases” individuals whose scores were below the required thresholds of the ADOS.

I have not been able to find a statement by the authors that they abandoned two of the three Module 4 scores, nor have I been able to find an explanation.  If there is one, perhaps Professor Brugha might be kind enough please to provide a reference by document, page and paragraphs of a publication by the authors reporting that deviation from the ADOS and the reasons for it?

Module 4 does not apply to lower functioning non verbally fluent cases and is not applicable for use in their diagnoses [3].  Thus the study could not cover all adults across the autistic spectrum in any event.

Professor Brugha appears to proffer a reason for the change of the term “Asperger’s Syndrome” to “ASD” in 2009.  He suggests it was done in 2009 because in 2013, [four years after the statistics were published in the UK], the American Psychiatric Association did not include the term in their diagnostic manual for America.  The rest of the world however in 2016 appears to still to use “Asperger's Syndrome” which appears in ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code F84.5.

And what of the 13 missing potential cases omitted without mention by the authors? The authors reported [after the event] that they relied solely upon the >=10 ADOS Module 4 cut-off [4].  Regardless of their reasons the ADOS Module 4 was not applied yet the authors claimed to have applied it.   

32 cases in the dataset are above the ADOS Module 4 combined score minimum cut-off. 13 omitted cases have a combined score meeting the cut-off of >=7 and <10.      [For a verbally fluent case on the autistic spectrum the minimum combined score cut-off is >=7.  For a verbally fluent case of autism the combined score cut-off is >=10.]  [5].

These were not diagnoses using the ADOS and no claim to that effect should have been made.
Additionally what the authors reported was:

“The recommended threshold of a score of 10 or more on the phase two ADOS assesment was used to indicate a case of ASD.” [6]

The ADOS recommended combined score to qualify as a potential case was and remains >=7 for autistic spectrum disorder.  The >=10 threshold is used to indicate a case of higher functioning autism.

From what Professor Brugha says here it is clear that the method of diagnosis he and his colleagues employed is unique and was unvalidated at the time [which is obviously the case].  He also thereby confirms it still has not been validated 10 years later.  Aside from obvious potential author bias, in science researchers do not validate their own work.  The lack of independent validation of the authors’ methods is not corrected by publication of a paper by the same authors claiming the method was valid.  

Scientific peer review occurs when many other teams of researchers attempt to repeat and reproduce the same work independently thereby either supporting or falsifying it.

Journal “peer review” is not scientific peer review. It does not validate authors’ claims.  It is a modern development of questioned value including amongst the ranks of leading journal editors: “the practice of peer review is based on faith in its effects, rather than on facts.” [7].  It is effectively a method of vetting papers for publication, whether valid or not.  

This also by implication confirms the results are not now and were not then comparable to the internationally accepted methods of diagnoses employing over two decades diagnostic instruments including the ADOS.  As the statistics are not comparable to any other diagnoses under the ADOS, they do not seem to be support for the proposition that “The proportion of true cases of autism is not changing”.  

It is unsurprising therefore that the UK Statistics Authority’s May 2016 Assessment Report of these statistics [8] stated [in a diplomatically British way]:

“…. HSCIC might have helpfully labelled these statistics as ‘experimental’. …. HSCIC might consider ….. whether it is appropriate to label the statistics as ‘experimental’ until the fitness for purpose and robustness of the outcomes can be determined ...”

Even if the ADOS had been followed, which it had not been, Module 4 cannot be used for diagnosis across the full autistic spectrum.  Module 4 is for verbally fluent adults and adolescents.  It is not for those not verbally fluent.  The study by design could not identify the full range of Autistic Spectrum Disorder [ASD] but only higher functioning cases which are primarily Asperger’s Syndrome.  

A later study was commissioned, paid for out of public funds and published in 2012 to include lower functioning cases [9].  The outcome was a different prevalence figure.  Accordingly, the proposition that “The proportion of true cases of autism is not changing” is confounded as the proportion changed just by carrying out a further study.

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Autism and Wandering: Constant Vigilance

Lost childBy Cathy Jameson

An estimated 49% of those diagnosed with autism have wandered or eloped from home, from school, and while out in the community.  Those who wander tend to be drawn to water – pools, ponds, canals, lakes, rivers.  Wandering can, and has, resulted in injury and death.  Parents need support.  Educators need support.  First responders who are called to join search efforts when a child wanders need support, too. 

Locks. 

Alarms. 

Vigilance. 

Even though I possess each of those, Ronan has still managed to wander. 

While I walked into the kitchen to unload groceries the other day, my non-verbal son, Ronan, tried to walk out the door.  It was my fault the door was unlocked.  I hadn’t finished unloading the car, so I hadn’t secured the door just yet. 

Thinking Ronan had gone to the living room, I started to put some food away.  While my back was turned, Ronan made his way to the den where I’d left the door ajar.  The den door leads outside.  Ronan doesn’t like to play outside.  Content in the house, he is happy and safe indoors.  But not that day.  That day, while I began to put groceries away, he thought he’d go explore. 

Thankfully, we have all sorts of “bells and whistles” on every one of our doors that leads outside.  The bells on the door handle jingled when Ronan reached for it.  That noise tipped off his younger siblings, who blared for me loudly while trying to block their brother from going any further.

“MOM!  MOM!  RONAN’S TRYING TO GET OUTSIDE!” 

I swiftly intercepted Ronan before he could take a step into the big, big world and thanked my children for being so vigilant.  Redirecting Ronan, I lead him away from the door, locked it, and brought him to another room where he could play.  Shaking my head, I thanked his Guardian Angel and then muttered under my breath, Two seconds.  That’s all it took. I turned my head for two seconds…

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The Age of Polio: The Second Baseman’s Son

SeccafinoBy Dan Olmsted

WYTHEVILLE, Virginia (AOA) -- It was the seventh inning stretch of a home game for the Wytheville Statesmen, the Class D League team beloved by this baseball-obsessed Southwestern Virginia town. The date was June 30, 1950.

The announcer told the crowd that Johnny Seccafico, infant son of second baseman Jim Seccafico, had been rushed to the hospital in Roanoke, seriously ill. (How serious can be measured in miles away: 78.) The fans passed a Statesmen hat and chipped in $227, a generous gesture worth ten times as much in today's dollars. Jim, who looks heartbreakingly young in this photo, was not in the game that night. He never played again.

Johnny had polio, the first case in town that summer, and his father instantly dropped the itinerant life of a D Leaguer to help care for him; Johnny lived. He never walked again.

Before it was over that summer, Wytheville – pronounced WITH-ville, pop. 5,500  – and Wythe County suffered an outbreak of poliomyelitis that struck nearly 200, killing 17, almost all of them children. Per capita, Wytheville remains the worst polio outbreak anywhere, ever.

Why? That was the question on my mind last month when I stopped off for a day in this town in the Blue Ridge just off Interstate 81, on my way back from a camping trip in North Carolina. I’ve learned over the years that the most extreme example of a phenomenon – the first cases of autism, for example, or the worst cases of Freud’s hysteria, or the fatal version of syphilis – can be the most revealing. It’s what Mark Blaxill and I have been doing for a decade now. (Another thing I've learned is to try to visit places I'm writing about -- walking the territory, as one editor put it to me.)

In the case of polio, we concluded a few years back that outbreaks were not as simple as they seemed: a toxic co-factor is required to turn harmless poliovirus infections into poliomyelitis, the illness that attacks the anterior horn cells at the top of the spine and causes paralysis and death. The earliest co-factor, we proposed, was the pesticide lead arsenate; its invention in 1892 ushered in the Age of Polio. Arsenic can weaken the immune system and cause permeability in the GI tract and, we suspect, allow the virus to escape into the nerves and cause paraIysis. Lead, too, is infamous for causing both mental and physical handicaps including paralysis. A handful of medical mavericks have long argued so-called"polio" is just lead arsenate or DDT poisoning in disguise. Our equation is new: virus + toxin = poliomyelitis.

Following our “worst and first” approach to historical epidemiology, I recently wrote about the first big regional epidemic in the United States, which started in Brooklyn in 1916. I made a case that the outbreak was triggered by the first use of arsenic as a weed killer in sugar cane fields; Brooklyn was the sugar refining capital of the world.

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VAXXED The Movie Pulled from Aussie Film Festival

Banned AussieNote: Vaxxed was told to take a walkabout.....  From the Bendigo Advertiser:

A controversial anti-vaccination documentary has been withdrawn from the Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival.

The festival committee says it faced a firestorm of abuse after announcing Vaxxed would be included in the October event, and last night issued a statement because some members felt “personally and professionally threatened’’.

“This is unacceptable,’’ the statement read. “It is with the utmost regret therefore that CLIFF is compelled, for clear reasons of personal and public safety, to withdraw the screening from the CLIFF 2016 programme,” the statement said.

Vaxxed explores allegations of a cover-up by the US Centre for Disease Control and a link between the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine and autism.

The decision to include the film in the festival drew widespread criticism, including calls from Australia’s peak health association for it to be pulled from the program.

Public Health Association of Australia chief executive Michael Moore said the decision showed a lack of understanding of the impact the film could have on parents.  Read more here.


Waging War on the Autistic Child by Andrew Wakefield

Waging War UpdatedWe're happy to share the new paperback release of Waging War on the Autistic Child by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, and published by Skyhorse Publishing.  We know our children face sanctioned discrimination and segregation in school, public places and elsewhere.  Did you know that parents are often sent to Child Services for providing a basic level of competent care for their own offspring?  Read about "The Arizona 5" and how one family was destroyed.  Dr. Wakefield continues to be a champion for autism families.

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From Amazon:

As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders grows each year, new discoveries and controversies arise. Andrew Wakefield explores many of these in his thorough investigation of the recent trial case of the “Arizona 5,” which destroyed an Arizona family. Two parents, with five children on the spectrum, were accused of Munchausen syndrome by proxy—a rare form of child abuse—and were ganged up on by physicians, child protective services, and the courts, who alleged that the parents fabricated medical symptoms in all five children. However, Wakefield now presents ample evidence that was disregarded and that would have proven the parents’ innocence.

Families affected by autism suffer great hardship and prejudice, particularly as they navigate the uncertain waters of diagnosis, treatment, and education. The shocking story of the Arizona 5 family delves into the tremendous challenges some parents have to face, especially if their views on how to treat the syndrome don’t align with the medical world’s standards. Wakefield also includes numerous studies and research trials that support the controversial yet significant roles that vaccines and diet play in autism, factors many medical professionals wrongfully dismiss.


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Novavax $1.5 Billion Dollar Loss

Health Choice SquareThank you to Health Choice for sharing this article on their Facebook page.  From CNBC, the business channel.

More than $1.5 billion vanished from vaccine developer Novavax's market value almost instantaneously Thursday afternoon after a late-stage trial of its vaccine for a common respiratory virus failed.

It's the worst nightmare of investors in biotech, but also a serious blow to public health. The company was trying to tackle a problem that's thwarted medicine for more than half a century.

RSV — or respiratory syncytial virus — is usually not a big deal for healthy people, but for two populations, babies and older adults, it can be extremely serious. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, RSV is the most common cause of pneumonia and another respiratory condition called bronchiolitis in babies under 1 year old in the U.S.

Each year it hospitalizes more than 50,000 kids under age 5, and leads to 14,000 deaths among adults older than 65. It was that older population in which Novavax ran its 11,000-patient study. Its vaccine failed to provide any protection, sending the stock down more than 80 percent.

"This has been a 30- or 40-year effort to get to where Novavax is, in terms of a candidate that goes into phase 3 trials," said Dr. Mark Feinberg, CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and former chief public health and science officer for Merck Vaccines, in a telephone interview Friday. "There's been a longstanding desire to have an RSV vaccine."

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Animal Captivity Humanizes The Microbiome

Sick monkeyBy Teresa Conrick

The research on the Microbiome continues to be extremely important as it is seemingly illustrating the path to many of Mankind's diseases. A recent study really caught my interest as it appeared to show that the Microbiome is indeed a huge yardstick of health.  The study, Captivity humanizes the primate microbiome deserves attention, and for AUTISM, the begging question, is the MICROBIOME the increasing reason for regression in so many children today? What is driving the Autism Microbiome to a unique and pathogenic state?  The use of antibiotics apparently was NOT the reason for the changes in the microbiome of the monkeys.

Highlights from the study:

  • A new study led by the University of Minnesota shows that monkeys in captivity lose much of their native gut bacteria diversity and their gut bacteria ends up resembling those of humans. 
  •  The microbiome (or gut bacteria) has been tied to a wide variety of medical conditions[emphasis mine] from autism to obesity

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Vaccine Herd Immunity Questions in The Hill Opinion Piece

The hillImagine our surprise to see the following article on The Hill website? We imagined it would have been pulled by now.  

If only half of America is properly vaccinated, where are the epidemics?

By Gretchen DuBeau

In 2014, an outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis) broke out in the San Diego area. Of the 621 individuals who were infected, nearly all of them were completely up to date on all preventive vaccinations. If vaccines are given to protect from disease, how could this happen?

San Diego public health official Dr. Wilma Wooten argued that the cause was related to a decrease in the protection offered by vaccines after the first year. This answer is most revealing, in that it speaks to the actual efficacy of vaccines. It also shows that the concept of herd immunity is largely myth—and completely misunderstood.

The theory of herd immunity states that when a critical mass of the population (usually stipulated at 95%) is vaccinated against a disease, the possibility of outbreaks is eliminated. This is the main argument that is used to shame parents who wish to refuse certain vaccinations for their children: by not vaccinating, they put the health of the “herd” at risk.

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A Better Way to Make America Great

11 11 road signBy Dan Burns

One year ago this week I attended the Trump rally at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, hoping I could ask him a question. But there were to be no questions, only answers. “Build a wall. Ban Muslims. Make America Great Again.” He pounded the podium and led a cheer: “TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP!”

Here is my question, one year later: Is there a better way to make America great? Yes, I think so, and it may be that vaccine injured families are very close to the answer. Consider these thoughts from The Broken Body, by Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche, an international federation dedicated to the creation of homes and support networks for people who are intellectually disabled. “If you enter into a relationship with a lonely or suffering person,” says Vanier, “you will discover that it is you who are being healed. The broken person will reveal to you your own hurt and the hardness of your heart, but also how much you are loved. Thus the one you came to heal becomes your healer.”

I’ve set my smart phone to play a tune every morning at 11:11 to remind me to be grateful for my blessings. And to know, with Jean Vanier, that …

In every broken child,

A light is shining;

In that man in prison,

A heart is beating;

In that woman, victim of prostitution,

There is a yearning for life;

In the rich and greedy person, seeking power,

There is a child of purity;

In that young man with AIDS,

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Dachel Wake Up: Aussie Doc Uses Profanity to Talk About Vaccine Choice

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Australian doc says a non-vaxxing parent ‘pisses me off,’ and she wants to ‘cut the cr*p.’

(Obviously Simonsz is dealing with this on a less-than-intellectual level.)

Parents questioning vaccines have reduced this pediatrician to trash talk.   

Sept 19, 2016, Daily Mail: Doctor Nelu Simonsz slams anti-vax parents in new video

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A Tale of Two Americas

Defarge 2By Kim Stagliano

It was the best of times. It was the weirdest of times. Written with apologies to Mr. Dickens at a time when I feel a great kinship with Madame Defarge, the character from A Tale of Two Cities who knitted names of her  oppressors into her handwork during the French revolution.

ATOTC is my favorite Dickens novel. Who doesn’t swoon a bit when Sydney Carton says, “"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known," as he sacrifices himself for his love, Lucy?

This weekend I was in South Texas - McAllen to be exact -  for the first (and I sure hope the first of many) S. Texas Special Needs Conference. I had the honor of being keynote speaker. The audience was primarily first generation Mexican, McAllen is mere miles from the border.  The Moms are getting younger by the minute or maybe I’m just getting older. I’m pretty sure that’s the case. But no matter where I travel or who I meet, our stories are woven together like Madame Defarge’s knitting. We knit one and pearl two as mothers sharing the intense emotions of having children with special needs, especially autism.  Our language does not matter. All differences fall away like a head from the guillotine. 

Here at AofA we've been taking note of a scary movement in our nation. It seems to me that in a time when the rights of all Americans are at the forefront - one group is being thrown to the wolves.

MY GROUP.

For those us who advocate for the right to say NO to vaccination or to say, "I'll decide when and how much" we are being cast back to some very dark times.

Yesterday, Cathy Jameson wrote about comments from Google that went something like this:

The Unvaccinated should be corralled into their own society. With the hopes that child protective services would soon pay a visit.  And maybe the sheriff, too. To take unvaccinated children away and to arrest The Unvaccinated’s uneducated parents who willingly choose to expose the public to disease. Because it’s unfair for vaccinated people to be subjected to The Unvaccinated, that’s why! 

Wow, take healthy children away from their parents.

Segregation. Corralling. How about just tossing us into railroad cars and calling us the VAX/CSX crowd? 

America is not a nation that takes its freedom lightly.  The current tone and tenor toward vaccination and medical rights is becoming severe and old fashioned. It smacks of Jim Crow laws.

Jim Crow laws were state and local laws enforcing racial segregation in the Southern United States. Enacted after the Reconstruction period, these laws continued in force until 1965.

Sanctioned segregation. 

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Dachel Wake Up: New Autism High School, N Texas Vaccine Exemption Worries

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

The first U.S. high school for kids with ASD! (Get used to it. I'm sure every major and midsize city in America will eventually have at least one.)

This is a strange piece really. Reporter Jacobson emphasizes the design of the school and yet says nothing about reality of an ever-increasing population of students disabled by autism.

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Vaccination & Segregation

Sneetch unvaxedBy Cathy Jameson

It isn’t often that I can’t come up with a topic to write about for a Sunday’s post, but this week, after days of brainstorming, nothing satisfied me.  Not wanting to waste any precious time, on Friday morning I cruised through Google news to see if anything there grabbed my attention.  Something did.  But it wasn’t the pro-vaccine article that grabbed my eye and got my wheels spinning.  It was someone’s comment that piqued my interest. 

Paraphrased, an obviously very pro-vaccine individual told another commenter, who happened to have a vaccine-injured child, that Parents like you who choose to not vaccinate should not be allowed to mingle with the public. 

As terrible as that comment sounded, I wasn’t shocked.  I kept reading. 

Other pro-vaccine commenters began to leave similar messages.  They were in agreement and clarified that The Unvaccinated should be barred from public schools, from stores, and from society in general.    

They continued: 

The Unvaccinated should be corralled into their own society. 

With the hopes that child protective services would soon pay a visit. 

And maybe the sheriff, too. 

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Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Don’t Be Cruel …

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

We always enjoy hearing from readers. Here’s an e-mail I received this week from someone going by the pen name Potato Part:

“I will preface this with the fact that I am autistic.

“I accidentally ran across Age of Autism. Age of Autism is the type of stuff that actually hurts autistic people. This type of thing makes it seem like the parents are suffering when their kids are autistic. That's complete bullshit.

“Those parents are the ones trying to kill us in an attempt to ‘cure’ us. It is definitely very nice to see that we are hated. I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for helping the content that hurts autistic people. Thank you for putting out content that gets autistic people killed. Thank you for actively harming autistic people. Thank you for reminding us that we are thought of as burdens.

“Thank you for making it harder for autistic people to live. Thank you for the content that makes autistic people suicidal. Thank you for making our life harder. Thank you for making our life worse.”

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Another commenter this week wrote the following:

“We have 16 yr old severe autistic child with violent behavior. We cant leave such a beautiful girl in this world alone after us. So we decided to live till we can bear. When we reach a point beyond which we can't pull any more, we will end our roles in this world along with her. People may call us escapists, but after taking this decision, we started enjoying life. We are sure nobody else can take care of such children other than parents.

"Doctors/scientists/bureaucrats/politicians - Put some more efforts/grant enough funds to research more to find solution ASAP to save families suffering from this problem.”

Those two comments just about cover the waterfront, I’d say.

Obviously, premeditated murder-suicide out of despair for the future of one’s child, as this parent is promising, is not OK.  Autistic people like Potato Part feeling suicidal, or at least that his or her life is made harder and that they are hated after reading sites like ours, is not OK.

It’s not my place to offer a glib counterargument to either, although in my opinion death just postpones your karma, so you might as well work it out in this life and ask for -- demand -- all the help you need to do so. The degree of suffering in both these comments is awful and deserves empathy though not encouragement or consent, a difference those of us in happier circumstances have an obligation to convey.

People high-functioning enough to write a note like Potato Part’s might fairly be asked to drop the nihilistic sarcasm and say plainly what they might, or we should, do to make life better not just for themselves but for autistic individuals so incapacitated that their parents believe it would be an act of love to kill them. Parents who think their kids will be better off dead than without them might want to consider Potato Part’s perspective, as well as resources like TACA, before settling on such a dire strategy. I wrote a few weeks ago about a hundred flowers blooming in terms of ideas for group living and other remedies for institutions and social isolation. A lot of families are in this boat. Don't jump ship. Reach out.

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Another comment this week from a regular reader about a conference Mark Blaxill and I were attending left me a little perplexed: It began: “Dan, you do amazing work but I probably won't watch because the conference looked too slick and commercial, which to me means they will probably downplay the role of vaccines in the health crisis.”

Well, first, thank you, and second, you are seriously harshing my buzz, dude. The Real Truth About Health Conference in Orlando did anything but “downplay” the role of vaccines in the health crisis. I’ll say more about it later when I have some video and transcripts to share, but this falls in the category of not wanting to join the kind of club that would have us as members, doesn’t it? Or something like that.

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I picked up a Time magazine at the airport on the way to the Orlando conference. Mistake.

“We shouldn’t dismiss people who deny facts,” wrote Sara E. Gorman and Jack M. Gorman in a short Viewpoint. “It’s easy to dismiss people who believe things that are factually incorrect – that vaccines cause autism, for example, or that climate change isn’t real.” The article attempted to “empathize” with us poor benighted souls. Since no one knows what causes autism – speak for yourselves, Sara E. and Jack M. – “we tend to fill in the gaps ourselves” and respond more to stories than statistics.

“That’s precisely what makes it more natural for antivaxxers to ‘imagine’ the risk of their children dying from a vaccine than it is for them to comprehend statistics that say otherwise.” The article, dripping with condescension masquerading as wuv, sweet wuv, concluded, “changing minds requires compassion and understanding, not disdain.” As J.B. Handley put it on The Doctors a few years back, “I don’t need your sympathy.”

The idea that we are so pitiably illogical comes in the midst of a rather illogical argument, doesn’t it? Many who saw their child descend into autism after a shot were not (duh!) and are not “anti-vaxxers,” nor are they relying on “stories” about children dying. They are sharing what they saw. The Gormans might try listening.

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The Russians apparently hacked the records of some of our Olympians, and the media is reporting on Simone Biles’ ADHD. That’s a terrible invasion, but nothing for her to be ashamed of. It does reinforce a point I made a few weeks back about all the health challenges this year’s Olympians faced – including Michael Phelps, who has spoken openly about his own ADHD. We’re going to start needing a para-para-Olympics for our only “slightly” disabled athletes. Otherwise I’m not sure they’ll be able to put together a men's water polo team in 2020.

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Did you see how the sugar interests paid Harvard researchers decades ago to blame fat, not sugar, for ill health and obesity several decades ago? That’s a big deal as it skewed us away from what has since become obvious – that there wasn’t that much wrong with our grandparents’ diets (and theirs, and theirs) until sugar and preservatives came pouring into just about everything we eat.

I’ve been writing about the role of sugar in the 1916 polio epidemic, and although this has nothing directly to do with it, it shows what comes first, and it's not the consumer.

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Speaking of which, Bayer bought up Monsanto this week for $66 billion. Monsanto developed glyphosate. Bayer and DuPont created the ethylmercury seed disinfectant Ceresan that led to early cases of autism. DuPont and Dow recently merged. Dow and Monsanto supplied the government with Agent Orange. Coleen Boyle of the CDC helped minimize the role of Agent Orange in harming U.S. troops; she hid the cause of the autism epidemic, including the MMR cover-up described by William Thompson, and the dangers of ethylmercury-containing vaccines like the flu shot, DPT, HIB and Hep B. Thimerosal (Merthiolate) was invented for Eli Lilly by the same guy, Morris Kharasch, who invented Ceresan for DuPont and Bayer. Bayer bought up Monsanto ...

It’s a small, toxic world that spins round and round. And real people are really suffering because of it.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.


Levi Quackenboss is Done Playing Nice: How To File a Complaint Against Your Pediatrician Who Vaccinated Your Child

Keep-calm-and-pay-the-piperNote: There's as saying, "Don't reinvent the wheel." We're not. Levi Quackenboss has written a sharp post about a strategy many of you have probably seen recently on Facebook that puts and end to passivity vis a vis vaccine injury.  It's below.

If someone runs over your child, do you sue the car company or the driver? 

Where did you go for your child's vaccinations? For the majority of us, we went to American Academy of Pediatrics board certified doctors. They have operated unscathed throughout the autism epidemic as far as I can see. My girls are 21, 20 and 16. We've moved several times and had six or seven pediatric practices over the years.  All but one have been the pediatric version of puppy  mills.  In and out. 8 minutes per child on the schedule.  Not one - ONE - doctor has had a single piece of usable advice for me regarding my daughters' autism beyond, "Early intervention and school." Every single one has looked to me, Mom, for information, answers on how to treat my kids.  They have been kind but clueless and bereft of curiosity.  Imagine a Mom walking into a practive with three (!) daughters with autism and the doctor is blase.  No questions. No, "Holy cow, lady, what's going on here?" 

My kids have not had eye exams.  "They can't tell us what they see."  My kids have not had hearing tests. "They can't tell us if they can hear the sound. She won't put on the headphones."  The lack of medical treatment has been negligent.  And then there's vaccination.  It's time for pediatricians to feel the outcome of their work. I'll let Levi explain below. 

Also on FB yesterday, a link to a graphic that shows pediatricians' sales bonuses for vaccinating patients.    Find it at The Wellness and Equality site: How Much Money Do Pediatricians Really Make From Vaccines?How Much Money Do Pediatricians Really Make From Vaccines?

Kim

By Levi Quackenboss

We’ve seen it time and time again in the past four years. People on our side try going about their business, living their lives. People on their side are giving handjobs to politicians and taking away our parenting rights. They’re always making offensive moves, pushing through new legislation each year, and we’re sitting around trying to predict how to respond to it.

California passed SB 277 and we filed a law suit a year later. Texas tried passing something like 13 vaccination laws in 2015 and we showed up and defeated every one. They started infiltrating our Florida and Texas public schools with flu shots and coercive letters and the Texans for Vaccine Choice sent cease and desist letters.

And now they’ve gone after Dr. Sears.

You know what? Screw that. I’m done playing nice. Done acting like this has been some kind of civil discussion for the past four years. In this last quarter of 2016 I’m going on the offensive, and I hope you join me because this is going to be fun.

None of this was my idea but there’s no need to name the guy who came up with this plan if you know him, so don’t go putting his name in the comments.

Here’s the plan: if you’ve got a kid who became autistic, allergic, epileptic, or diabetic after childhood vaccines, you’ve got to file a complaint against that doctor. Gone are the days of being told it was a coincidence. No more will we quietly find a like-minded physician and transfer care. Today is the day to take the first step to standing up and saying, “What happened to my child was unacceptable, and it’s time they answer for it.”

It’s not going to be difficult and I’ll hold your hand through it. Let’s do it together. Four easy steps.

The first thing is to order your child’s medical records.  You are entitled to ALL records under HIPAA. Handwritten notes, vaccine records, everything. Your (hopefully former) doctor’s office has the right to charge you a reasonable fee for copying the records, so be prepared to pay up to $20 or $30 for the service. They’ll probably send you a credit card authorization form first, or you can leave a check if you go to the office in person to make the request. If you call, they might ask you to email them a written request, so be prepared to jump through a couple of hoops, no big deal. Just play along.

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Dachel Wake Up: NY State Housing Opportunities for Developmentally Disabled

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Sept 13, 2016, ABC13 Buffalo: Group sues state over living opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) -A group of local parents and caregivers has filed a class action lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo, accusing the state of providing an insufficient number of residential living opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

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Dorit and Pfizer Photo. Huh?

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Note: While we're all thinking similar thoughts, please keep your comments away from Ms. Reiss' appearance and/or attire. It's her career mission that is our concern.  Maybe it was ugly sweater day at work. Again.  Oops.  Can you hear the photographer, "You're blocking the star of this shoot! Scooch DOWN!" KIM

By Anne Dachel

I spend a lot of time looking at the mainstream media’s coverage of autism. I’ve been doing this for years now. One person who’s almost as frequent posting comments as I am is Dorit Rubinstein Reiss. As determined as I am that vaccines are an unchecked, unsafe danger to children’s health, Reiss is right there defending them as a medical miracle no parent has a right to refuse. On numerous occasions Reiss has specifically responded to things that I posted

Reiss has also been cited in news reports telling parents to trust their doctors and line up their children for every shot on the schedule. She’s usually described like this: Dorit Rubinstein Reiss is a professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.”

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CDC Wants to Expand Power to Eliminate Measles

CdcpoliticsBy Barbara Loe Fisher, Cofounder of the National Vaccine Information Center

I remember the day in 2007, when I was standing in front of a Maryland country courthouse videotaping interviews with mothers and fathers lined up with children, who had been thrown out of school for failing to show proof they had gotten chickenpox and hepatitis B shots.  State public health officials were threatening the parents with fines and jail time and suddenly, as we were talking, men in uniforms with guns and dogs emerged from the courthouse and headed toward us. In the pit of my stomach was the sickening feeling that people in countries throughout history have felt when the exercise of freedom of thought, speech and conscience is met with a demonstration of police power wielded by agents of the State.

Today, the American people are challenged, as they have never been before, to confront the expansion of government authority over our bodies and the bodies of our children, specifically the exercise of police power to take us into custody and isolate us without our consent whenever public health officials believe we are sick or could become sick. At stake is the preservation of human rights and cultural values that have been part of America since the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights defined civil liberties two centuries ago.

Are public health officials getting ready to apprehend and quarantine you or your child if they believe you are, or could become, infected with measles or any other communicable disease they decide is a threat to the public health?

Are they enlisting airline and other public transportation personnel to help them conduct a dragnet that will be easy for you to get caught up in when you travel? 

Once you are detained, can they hold you for 72 hours against your will until you agree to be vaccinated or they declare you are no longer a threat?

Is this for real or not?  You be the judge.

 CDC Moves to Amend Public Health Service Act

During the last days of summer, while we were vacationing, shopping for school supplies or, in the case of Virginia families, while we were busy pleading with legislators to protect the medical and religious vaccine exemptions in state vaccine law, public health officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were quietly publishing a very long Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the August 15, 2016 Federal Register to amend federal public health law.  The part of the Public Health Service Act they want to strengthen is the part that gives them power under the US Constitution  to restrict the freedom of a person entering the U.S. or traveling between states if they believe the person is infected or could become infected with certain kinds of communicable diseases. 

You only have until Oct. 14, 2016 to make a public comment to the CDC and contact your legislators in Congress, so please take this seriously because what the CDC is proposing applies to all Americans who travel outside the country or between states, especially on commercial airlines. In the future, it could extend to any form of transportation when you cross state lines, including by bus, train or car.

Involves States With Police Powers

This Notice of Proposed Rule Making – or NPRM - involves the participation of federally funded state health departments and state facilities, too, because the majority of police power to detain, isolate and quarantine citizens belongs to the states. Many state legislatures, which have legal authority to pass laws controlling communicable diseases within state borders, voted to give public health officials expanded police powers after Sept. 11, 2001 by adopting the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA) and The Turning Point Model State Public Health Act  created at Georgetown University’s Center for Law and the Public’s Health and the CDC Collaborating Center Promoting Health through Law.

Read more at NVIC


Levi Quackenboss on the Topic of Dr. Bob Sears

DrRobSears064NOTE: Thank you to Levi Quackenboss for this succinct look at the treatment of a nationally known pediatrician named Dr. Bob Sears.   The post-SB277 world (the California law that forbids all non-medical vaccine exemptions and now, seems to have put the doctors who use their medical knowledge and discretion to grant medical exemptions) is like macular degeneration is to eyesight.

By Levi Quackenboss

Two and a half years ago a mother brought her two-year-old son to see Dr. Bob Sears at his office for the first time, where she described to Dr. Sears that her child’s renal and digestive systems went into shock after his first round of vaccines at two months old, and that the baby was limp as a ragdoll for 24 hours after his next round one month later. We don’t know what records she shared with Dr. Sears then or later, but we know that Dr. Sears wrote a letter of exemption from vaccination for the boy. As almost all general practitioner doctor records are, the notes in this case were brief and didn’t include a detailed narrative.

The boy was seen four more times in the next year for severe constipation and severe ear infections, and we all know what that sounds like. At some point the mother brought the child in two weeks after his father allegedly hit his son on the head with a hammer, so I’m guessing either the father is a piece of trash that beats up on a kid, or the mom is a piece of trash who makes up allegations against a spouse she doesn’t like. By my reading of the complaint, Dr. Sears did make a Child Protective Services referral that was closed. Clearly, there was some drama up in these parents’ lives.

Flying in the face of their own testimony on SB 277, on September 2nd the California Medical Board filed an accusation against Dr. Sears regarding this child he’d written a vaccine exemption for. Click that link to download the complaint.

The board’s first allegation wraps up by saying that Dr. Sears screwed up by not getting a history of the vaccines the boy had in the past, as well as the reactions that occurred from those vaccines. We don’t know whether the mother brought in a shot card that wasn’t copied into the Sears file, and we don’t know if her previous doctor refused to document the vaccine reactions, as we all know happens all the time.

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Dachel Wake Up: "Anti-Vaxxers" Around the World

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

David Kirby, author of Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy, once wrote that questioning the safety of vaccines is like speaking out against motherhood. I think even talking about vaccines critically is like challenging someone's religious beliefs. For obvious reasons the media outlets are the loudest supporters of vaccination. The premise always is "vaccines are safe, vaccines save lives." Not vaccinating endangers not only your child, but everyone else's as well. Feeble attempts at being "fair and balanced" usually mean citing a number of health officials or doctors to convince us vaccines can do no wrong while including a non-vaccinating parent. And autism--that mysterious condition affecting more and more children for no discernible reason--is usually mentioned in passing, but of no real consequence.  

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Brett Wilcox on Vaccine Dogma and the Epidemic of Nonsense Live Today

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Editor's Note -- Today (Tuesday) at 9 am ET, Brett Wilcox is speaking on Vaccine Dogma and the Epidemic of Nonsense. Brett is the author of the very new book Jabbed, How the Vaccine Industry, Medical Establishment and Government Stick It to You and Your Family. Mark, Del Bigtree and I were on a panel with him in Orlando over the weekend and he was terrific, a great new asset to the vaccine injury community. We need some fresh voices, and we've got one. Tune in for free here, and leave a note to win a free copy of his book. Brett lives in Sitka, Alaska, by the way, and has already written two books on Monsanto's mayhem. He's a true antivaxxer. -- Dan


Spitting Mad Over More Genetics Studies for Autism

Dnatoy3By Anne Dachel

Sept 9, 2016, Massive Study Aims To Shed Light On Genetics And Autism

Study to collect saliva from families with autism for DNA study.

A research center at UC Davis is taking autism research to a different level.

Researchers at the MIND Institute are now examining the DNA of families whose children have autism to learn more about possible causes of the disorder.

News video:

Dr. Leonard Abbeduto. Executive Director at the MIND Institute:

“…could be a game changer in really understanding what causes autism, and as I said, once we understand the causes, then we can start to work on more tailored treatment.”

CBS 12 anchor: “…One of the greatest mysteries in all of science is autism, and so many people working so hard to find something to give them a clue.”

This is about the SPARK study that I wrote about a month ago.

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Wake Up: California Vaccine Exemption Crackdown: From Parents to Doctors

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

California wants to pull this doctor's license. Here's how it's sparked a new battle over child vaccinations.

Dr. Robert Sears is one of the leading voices in the anti-vaccination world, a hero to parents suspicious of childhood immunizations that public health officials say are crucial to preventing disease outbreaks.

So when the Medical Board of California announced last week that it was moving to pull the Orange County pediatrician’s medical license, it immediately set the stage for a new battle in the long-running fight over whether schoolchildren should be vaccinated....

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Clinton: "Let's Protect All Our Kids." Did Secretary Clinton Pull A Nancy Snyderman and Expose Others to Disease Risk?

Do as i sayBy Kim Stagliano

During the political season, vaccination mandates and exemption considerations have been part of the conversation.   Candidates are branded "anti-vaccine" for any discussion other than,  "Vax early and often without thought."  Vaccine rights are certainly relevant here at Age of Autism, where so many of us have vaccine injured children, grandchildren, and loved ones. 

With this in mind, I listened carefully to a CNN report yesterday as I was driving home from Massachusetts to Connecticut with my three daughters, after a visit with my parents. Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton was said to have "overheated" at an event commemorating 9/11 in New York City and then "stumbled" when she got into her vehicle. A later reporte amended the story:

From CNN yesterday: Hillary Clinton has pneumonia, her doctor said Sunday, hours after the Democratic nominee stumbled and exited a 9/11 commemoration ceremony early.

Clinton was diagnosed on Friday with pneumonia, and "was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule," Dr. Lisa Bardack said in a statement.

"While at this morning's event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely," said Bardack, chairman of internal medicine at the Mount Kisco Medical Group.  Read more here.

Take a look at the video below.




Stumbled? I see a poor woman who has perhaps passed out, appears limp and is dragged into the vehicle - her shoes are toes down on the pavement.  It's a sad moment to watch, for sure. She is a mother. And a grandmother....  Ah yes, a grandmother. This brings us back to vaccination. Clinton tweeted her thoughts on vaccines in a Tweet:

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Let's talk about protecting "all our kids." 

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Syllabus for Your Life With Autism

Autism chalkboardBy Cathy Jameson

As I was sitting in Fiona’s classroom during the Open House at her high school last week, I glanced at the syllabus that her AP History teacher had just distributed.  The thorough explanation of every topic, types of assignments and class expectations were intense.  At 3 pages in length, it was intimidating.  After reading over each page though, and after hearing the teacher explain his goals for the group, I began to feel a somewhat relieved.  The information presented gave me a better understanding of why the course is in fact intense—besides learning as much as they can, teacher and students will work together to prepare to take (and pass!) the AP exam scheduled for next spring.  It’s an important exam.  Those who score 4s or 5s are eligible to earn college credit.  I’m proud of Fiona for thinking she’s ready for such a challenge.  If she can follow the extensive list of requirements and meet the expectations that her teacher described, I have no doubt that she will do well. 

Over the course of the evening, I was given a few more syllabi to read.  They were not as detailed as the AP course syllabus was, but Fiona’s teachers were thorough in presenting their class goals, assignments, and expectations.  Half-way through one session, I thought to myself, if only autism parents had a syllabus.  If parents knew exactly what to expect and when, imagine how much easier some of life with autism could be…

Course:  Life With Autism

Course Description:  The Life With Autism course is an open enrollment course.  It begins as soon as you find it necessary and will remain open and available with no predetermined end date.  The course focuses on the affects autism has on the individual and those closest to him/her.  Topics covered include typical behaviors, typical struggles, and typical situations an individual with autism will experience.  Students in the course will use a variety or resources such as books, journals, and the Internet.  As each person brings a unique set of gifts to the class, you may also be asked to be a resource.  Anyone who is caring for a child with autism may enroll in Life With Autism.  This course is geared toward parents of children on the autism spectrum, but anyone who is teaching a child on the spectrum or who is providing therapy to an individual with autism, and anyone who is curious about the spectrum disorder, may also enroll.  Since autism can be quite costly, the fee for this course has been waived.

Location:  There is no designated classroom.  Students will learn and experience autism wherever they or their child may be – at home, school, church, and assorted community settings.  

Scheduled Class Time:  24/7

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Dan! Mark! Del! Live! Free!

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By Dan Olmsted

Hi all, I'm in Orlando for The Real Truth About Health 10 Day Conference September 9-18, 2016. The conference is 100% free to watch online as it's happening and 100% free to attend live in Orlando. Del Bigtree is speaking at 2 on Saturday and Mark Blaxill is speaking at 11 on Sunday. Saturday night at 7, Mark, Del and I will be on a panel talking about vaccinations.

Friday I spoke about The Age of Autism -- what else -- and how it has become the age of manmade disorders, incorporating some of the work Mark and I have done on polio as well as looking at Alzheimer's, MS, and etcetera.

This is a well-run conference at a nice hotel -- wish you were here! -- and the speakers are really interesting and diverse. Check it out and drop by or tune in to our events if you can. The effort to destroy Dr. Sears, and the dismissal of the SB277 lawsuit, are enough to make anyone feel outnumbered and dismal. Tune in and get some reinforcement for the ongoing battle to stand up for personal choice and true health! Here is the conference website to sign up for the free live stream:  Sign Up Here

-- Dan


Why Are You Single?…An Autism Sibling’s Perspective.

Nat AntBy Natalie Palumbo

I'm 22, a Motion Design senior at Ringling College of Art and Design, and my older brother Anthony has low-verbal autism. I am currently working on my senior thesis. My animation portion is complete, and I have been green-lighted for my set design and projection mapping plans. Now, to build it!

I was having a casual conversation with someone, and out of the blue, the person asked me, “Why are you single?” I was completely unprepared for the question. Immediately, my mind began to race as I tried to imagine why they were asking. After a few awkward seconds, I replied, “What do you mean?” They said, “Well, it just seems to me that a lot of autism siblings tend to keep to themselves, and I wondered why that was the case for you?” I said, “Well, I can’t just look for someone that will treat me well. I must also find someone that will be considerate towards Anthony, too. It makes things more complicated.” They nodded, but I wondered if they really understood.

I'm never NOT an autism sibling. It never leaves my mind. I factor it into everything unconsciously. I will have to take over my brother's care when my parents are no longer able, so I focus on being successful more than anything. Regardless of whether or not I have companionship, that is something I'm always preparing for in the back of my mind. There is no room to be superficial when you have a sibling with a disability that will need you. You have to consider every single choice, and every possible consequence. Being reckless with my life places Anthony's future in jeopardy, too. It's hard to let that go.

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California Medical Board Attacks Dr. Bob Sears for Protecting His Patient

Russian rouletteNOTE:  Welcome to the USSV.  United States of Severe Vaccination. The California medical board is practicing communicable disease communism, demanding lockstep adherence to the pediatric vaccination schedule regardless of physician recommendations.   And they will punish doctors who exercise their medical knowledge.  They are targeting Dr. Bob Sears for his audacity in putting his young patients health before pharmaceutical, public health or government wishes.     There is to be NO vaccine choice in the world of Public/Government health. You will vaccinate with no question of your health status, religious beliefs or personal stance. This is communism. The government controls you.

Please share your support in our comments and most especially on this article.

Dr. Bob Sears faces medical board discipline in recommendation not to vaccinate

Dr. Bob Sears, the Capistrano Beach pediatrician who is an outspoken critic of mandatory vaccination laws, faces possible state Medical Board discipline after he recommended that a 2-year-old patient forgo immunizations, according to legal documents made public Thursday.

The board accuses Sears of committing “gross negligence” in 2014 when he wrote a letter excusing the toddler from future vaccinations after the child’s mother described an adverse reaction as an infant.

The documents say Sears failed to obtain a detailed medical history documenting the unidentified boy’s prior vaccines and reactions, which was necessary for making an evidence-based decision. Sears’ recommendation left the patient and “his future contacts at risk for preventable and communicable diseases,” the documents say.

Sears declined to comment Thursday.

If the board finds Sears negligent, he could face discipline ranging from a public reprimand to revocation of his medical license.

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Weston Begins High School

Back to schoolNOTE:  We hope your kids and grand kids have had a smooth start to back to school.

By Norman Roberts

Weston will be fifteen next week. He started high school last week, at a brand new school for kids with autism after several years of home schooling. He went every day, was happy at drop off, stayed all day, and came out smiling for pick up. To say his parents and grand parents are thrilled would be an understatement. The best part is that so is Weston. He is ready to go back this week

His favorite class is music. Weston has always been musically talented, not a child prodigy but with a strong sense of rhythm and a real love for the keyboard. His parents limited his access to it for fear he wouldn't do anything else but that doesn't seem to be a problem in his new school. He is also singing and responding well to comprehension questions from his reading and math teachers.

Weston is what is called low verbal. He speaks but not much and for several years has limited himself to monosyllables having to do with wants and needs. Early on he was prone to echolalia, repeating something he had heard, often endlessly. He came home from school one day reciting Hey Diddle Diddle over and over again. He doesn't do that any more but has made little progress toward typical conversation despite years of effort from his mother and speech therapists. That's one reason the school is so important. We are hoping a new level of interaction with course work, teachers, and kids his age will stretch him to develop inter-personal skills he hasn't had before.

With eight students and five teachers the school is expensive and Weston's parents can't afford it. Nothing new there, they have been broke since he was a toddler and his autism first became evident. Insurance didn't cover autism therapies until recently and at $18-20,000 a year it was a big bill for a young couple, wiping out their 401k and teacher retirement funds. Only one of them could work full time. The school is even more.

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Vaxxed Team Speaks to Houston Mayor and City Council

VaxxedBy Anne Dachel

August 29, 2016, Heroic speeches by Del BigTree and Andrew Wakefield before the mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, and the Houston City Council.

The response from Councilman Jack Christie, a chiropractic physician, was a stunning endorsement of Dr. Wakefield and strong condemnation of the actions of our federal health officials.

 

Del Bigtree:

“Hello Mayor and council. I’m here today—I worked for six years as the producer of the daytime talk show, The Doctors, been a medical producer for most of my career, celebrating the best that medicine has to offer. But while on that job, I came across a story about the CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson. This is a man who’s come forward from the most important health agency in the county and said that they’ve committed scientific fraud on the MMR—autism study. This is the most important study ever done on the MMR—autism connection because it’s the last one ever paid for by the United States government.

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Polio-like Illnesses in U.S. Children Show Sharp Uptick, CDC Says

Breaking newsBy Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

Two years after dozens of children became paralyzed following baffling respiratory illnesses, the CDC says it has received a “notable” increase in reports this year compared to last – a spike that appears especially pronounced since May 1.

Forty-nine reports of suspected acute flaccid myelitis – AFM -- were received by the CDC from January 1 in 22 states; 27 of those reports met the case definition and four more are probable, the agency said. Age of Autism reviewed an official alert containing the information. The CDC received only eight reports to that date last year, five of them confirmed. (Chart shows statistics January-June 2016 in orange compared to the year earlier.) Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 10.01.56 AM

The average age this year is five, with the range from five months to 18 years. The dates of onset ranged from January 19 to July 23, with 20 of the 27 confirmed cases occurring after May 1, 9 of them in July. The agency said no single pathogen had been identified that linked the cases. It’s unclear how many cases may have occurred since July 23.

The original paralysis outbreak beginning in late 2013 affected more than 100 children and was associated in many cases with Enterovirus D-68, a member of the virus family which also includes poliovirus and usually circulates without causing severe illnesses. Age of Autism covered the outbreak extensively and raised the possibility that some of the cases – which began in California – might be linked to pesticides.

The apparent resurgence this year of the paralytic illness is concerning because, like polio, it could be following a fluctuating pattern and peaking in the summertime, suggesting a possible connection to crops and food.

Other troubling signs of pesticide exposure include the death of bee colonies, most recently millions of honeybees in South Carolina after spraying for mosquitos.

Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism, Mark Blaxill is Editor-At-Large.


The Wright Stuff: A Memoir by Bob Wright

Wright Stuff BookBy Anne Dachel

I just finished looking at this Reuters piece on Bob Wright's book, and although I have my own Mt Vesuvius moment whenever I see autism described as a "mental disorder," I like that fact that Jennifer Saba said that Bob Wright's involvement with his grandson's autism would make a book all by itself. ABSOLUTELY.

Yes, Katie Wright makes no bones about it. Her son Christian was born healthy. He was meeting all his milestones. He got vaccinated. He had horrible reactions that the doctor said were "normal." He lost his milestones. He stopped progressing. He developed severe bowel disease.

Saba talks about the Wright family's fears about Christian ability to care for himself as he grows. Scroll down past the Reuters story to the 2007 interview by author David Kirby. Katie explained in detail what happened to her son and how she was left on her own to deal with a vaccine-injured child.

Sept. 2 2016, Reuters: BREAKING VIEWS-Review: NBC chief's deal-heavy memoir merits split

By Jennifer Saba 

Like a good TV series, Bob Wright's memoir leaves fans wanting more. In "The Wright Stuff," the former NBC boss engagingly takes readers behind the scenes of how he built the U.S. network from a struggling laggard to a profitable powerhouse over two decades at General Electric. Negotiations with Jack Welch, Bill Gates and Ted Turner enhance the drama. Wright's moving account of his grandchild's autism, however, would have better suited a second book….

In the same year, 2004, that Wright first secured Vivendi Universal in what may have been his professional triumph, his personal life took a dramatic turn. He found out his 2-year-old grandson Christian was autistic. The lack of answers and support prompted Wright and his wife Suzanne, who died last month from cancer, to launch Autism Speaks.

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Weston A. Price Foundation: The Most Important Decision Parents Will Ever Make: Whether or Not to Vaccinate Their Child

Weston A PriceFrom the Weston A. Price Foundation site:

Although the subject of vaccinations is not the major focus of WAPF (which is nutrition), it is a subject that fits well into our mission statement of nontoxic therapies.

We are hearing some strong words about the current “vaccination wars”—the push to make vaccinations mandatory in many states. One critic called vaccinations “biochemical warfare against a largely unsuspecting public, particularly children, disguised as disease prevention by means of Mickey Mouse science.”

Said another observer: “We are struggling against one of the most dangerous, diabolical and powerful cults in the US; that is, ‘science-based’ and ‘evidence-based medicine’ within the Church of Scientism. Undoubtedly when future historians scour what remains of the news, computer files and texts from the early 21st century’s Vaccine Age (assuming anything of humanity remains), they will identify a delusional global dictator (Bill Gates) and the cult’s preeminent false Profit (Paul Offit) as the principle harbingers of vaccine barbarism. Certainly by then a new paradigm, which fully comprehends the advances in epigenetics and the functions of the epigenome, biological systems theories and biophysics will have informed our future ancestors that vaccination, as practiced during the primitive 20th and 21st centuries, was a medical abomination.”

More strong words: “From its inception vaccination has been fraught with no science, fraud, corruption, and big government money. Injecting cow belly pus and horse hoof pus into babies to keep them from getting sick? Roll forward to today’s ingredients. How can this possibly be believed to be benign and ‘for the good of the whole?’ Sinister indeed.”  Read more here.


The Militarization of the CDC Zika, Money, Quarantine Power

'Are_you_a_mosquito_breeder'_-_NARA_-_513877By James Grundvig

In yet another end-round play by the Obama Administration, on Friday of Labor Day weekend where hot topics are dumped (Hillary Clinton’s email interview with the FBI) to go die before the next news cycle begins, it was announced that $300 million in “public health emergency” funding was earmarked for Japan’s Takeda to manufacture a new Zika vaccine.

No need for Congress to vote on the appropriation; an executive order did the trick. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which is helping the FDA screen donated blood against the Zika virus, was the agency from where President Obama found the $300 million in “emergency” funds to execute the backdoor deal. By offshoring the vaccine, there will be zero Congressional oversight, while no U.S. media outlet or lawyer group will be able to discover, by invoking FOIA requests, what will be injected into that rushed Zika vaccine made in Japan.

Zika Breakthrough Dies, because it’s Not a Vaccine

Even more perplexing than the CDC coup—who for a change didn’t want the publicity for their big move against the threat of Zika—was just five days earlier when Florida State University (FSU) announced a breakthrough to combat the mild African disease. FSU scientists had discovered that an existing (“cheap”), off-the-shelf remedy in a tapeworm antidote would suppress if not cure Zika in people who were sick enough to realize they have it. But outside second tier media outlets, the mainstream press didn’t want to cover the solution to Zika.

There is only one reason why the White House and the major media outlets didn’t trumpet the FSU discovery: It wasn’t the right solution. If it were a vaccine, it would have received the red carpet, playing on the nightly news stations, while being hailed a conquering hero. The same week, CNN chose to cover the 3 million bees that were liquidated by the Zika spraying in South Carolina; yet chose not to cover the FSU breakthrough.

What is up with that?

Vaccine Deep State Flexes its Quarantine Might

The Vaccine Deep State, is a Monolith that consists of all the major health agencies, from the WHO, CDC, NIH, FDA, IOM, and others, with the vaccine makers, together with the mainstream news—bought off by Big Pharma in the form of advertising revenue—have no interest in a Zika breakthrough, unless that solution begins with a ‘V’.

‘V’ for Vaccine.

This revelation became clear when, also buried in mid August, the CDC via the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rolled out a proposed rule change. The 88-page document, Control of Communicable Diseases: Proposed Rule, (8-15-16, Vol. 81, No. 157, Federal Register), wants to grant the CDC full, super-constitutional powers in the event of a quarantine that only the health agency can call.

The CDC wants to be granted full authority over all Americans during the event of a disease outbreak that leads to a mass quarantine. The document, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), is “open for comment” from the general public until October 14, 2016. Lucky us.

Deftly trying to skirt around Congress—again—from dissecting the proposed rule changes, debating them, voting on them, and making some or all of them into law, such a flagrant power grab by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) was designed to shrink the timeline for public discourse, while giving the appearance that the changes are minor, just simple adjustments from existing law on the agency’s limited authority in the event of a communicable disease emergency.

Published in mid August and buried again during the noise of the presidential election three weeks before Americans vote, the NPRM, if approved, would elevate the CDC’s power to the Fourth military-intelligence agency in the United States, right behind the NSA, CIA, and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Such extraordinary powers would lead to a draconian abuse of U.S. citizens’ lives, livelihood, privacy, freedom, liberty, health, wellbeing, among other countless, unintended consequences and lesser indignities.

The rule changes are designed to divide and conquer groups, lovers, friends, and families, from husband and wife, brother and sister, to parents and guardians from their children.

In short, the CDC will take full authorship of your life.

Military “Apprehension” Powers

From the NPRM, on privacy and surveillance, it states: “When an apprehension occurs, the individual is not free to leave or discontinue his/her discussion with an HHS/CDC public health or quarantine officer.” (NPRM, pg. 10).

“The Secretary’s authority to allow for the apprehension, examination, detention, and conditional release of individuals is limited to those communicable diseases specified in an Executive Order of the President.” (NPRM, pg. 5)

“Those communicable diseases, as of this NPRM include:

“These quarantinable communicable diseases currently include cholera, diphtheria, infectious tuberculosis (TB), plague, smallpox, yellow fever, and viral hemorrhagic fevers (such as Marburg, Ebola, Lassa fever, and Crimean-Congo).” (NPRM, pg. 5).

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Dachel Wake Up: Texas Monthly Goes After DA Nico LaHood

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

The only good thing about Texas Monthly is that it's NOT Texas Weekly or Texas Daily.

Other than that, it's a rag. Leif Reigstad must have been given his assignment like this: "We need a piece discrediting the film 'VaxXed' and Texas prosecutor, Nico LaHood. Don't bother talking about what's in the movie, just say it's by the 'disgraced' doctor, Andrew Wakefield, and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no link between vaccines and autism. Don't say anything about how LaHood's son developed autism, just call what he's doing an 'anti-vaccination campaign.'

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Vaccines: Elimination Mandatory!

AofA Op EdNOTE: We encourage you to share your thoughts on Laura's point of view in the comments and to write your own opinion piece and submit it to us for review.  Do you think no one should ever be allowed to vaccinate, or that everyone should always vaccinate, or do you fall somewhere in between?  Send to Olmsted.Dan@gmail.com.  

By Laura Hayes

Why are vaccines a legally permitted medical option? They shouldn’t be.

In a country whose citizens pay trillions of dollars annually to fund government regulatory agencies charged with protecting the public and policing multiple industries, including the pharmaceutical industry, vaccines should be long gone. It is past time to mandate their demise.

Vaccines are medical procedures that never should have been approved. Here’s why:

  • Not one vaccine has ever been tested according to the scientific gold standard, that of a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Yes, you read that correctly, not one.

  • The myriad combinations in which vaccines are administered have never been tested, either. For an infant at a “catch up” appointment, meaning they missed a “well-baby” appointment at which vaccines would have been administered, that can mean receiving up to 13 vaccines containing 13 different diseases, at once, injected via 8 separate needles. That is the equivalent of taking up to 13 medications at once whose interactions have never been studied. To make matters even more serious, the number 13 does not include the many other ingredients that accompany and worsen the effects of being injected with 13 diseases, such as mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, anti-freeze, phenol, MSG, polysorbate 80, Triton X-100 detergent, food proteins, animal viruses and retroviruses, fetal tissue from aborted human babies, and more. The number 13 also does not include ingredients that are not required to be listed on the label, but which are permitted under the cover of “trade secrets”. Undisclosed ingredients being injected into our children? Unacceptable, unethical, and terribly dangerous. Ask yourself, would you want your baby contracting multiple illnesses, up to 13, at once? Would you want your baby contracting multiple illnesses at once while also being poisoned at the same time? If you are following the CDC’s recommended schedule, you are allowing that.

  • Many vaccines contain mercury in the form of thimerosal. Thimerosal was patented in 1928, and has been used ever since, despite it being tested on humans only once, in 1929…a test in which all 22 subjects died within 2 days of receiving thimerosal. Mercury is a known toxin and neurotoxin, with no safe amount for a human. It can kill when applied externally. With vaccines, it is injected internally. Claims that mercury has been removed from vaccines given to children are false.

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Just Breathe

How much loveBy Cathy Jameson

We had a long and lazy summer.  The best part of the summer was that on any given day, my kids had no idea what day it was.  They lost track of what time it was too.  Our summer days were alarm clock-free and saw no mad dashes to get us anywhere.  We woke up when we wanted and we did whatever we wanted to.  The only plan I made was to make no plans.  This summer we needed to just be.  So we did.  And it was glorious. 

Toward the end of August, I had to mentally prepare myself for the impending changes towards the end of August.  A new school year was right around the corner.  That meant early wake ups, mad dashes and a lot more structure than what we had happily gotten used to.  I wasn’t ready to embrace the busier schedule that was about to begin, but I was ready to do something different. 

With the extra time I knew I’d have while the big kids were busy at school and while Ronan’s therapy schedule kept him occupied, I thought that maybe I would venture out of the house.  I crave to help others, so I thought that maybe this could be the year that I would finally have time to do that.  I’d thought I’d start by volunteering more than once at the kids’ school.  I saw myself assisting in the classrooms, in the lunchroom, and at recess.  

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Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Failure to Launch

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Perhaps you saw the spectacular launch pad explosion of Elon Musk’s rocket this week. That is nothing compared to the failure to launch of the entire excessive-vaccination generation. (I adopt that term from Bernie Rimland, who said – and it always bears repeating – that “the autism epidemic is real and excessive vaccinations are the cause.”)


Recently an autism dad suggested to me that kids started having trouble with ADD and ADHD in the 1970s, well before the 1988 spike in autism that defines the epidemic. That could track to the introduction of the MMR and various other adjustments to the vaccine schedule and increases in coverage. And that would give us people like Michael Phelps – born 1985 – who has talked openly about having ADHD. It’s possible some of his substance issues could be self-medication. (This appeared to be the year when Olympians with Issues became the headline. Crohn’s disease, asthmatics – where did this infirmary full of world-class athletes come from? I don’t remember it a decade or two ago.)

Of course, Phelps is an awesome success story by any standard, but especially the standards set by pop culture presentations of young adults these days. One that’s on the airwaves now is for a credit-score company: the impetus for tracking your credit is the ongoing nightmare of living with mom and dad. Two or three amusing vignettes – dad wearing the same shirt to try to be cool, or playing some dopey game – make clear that living with your parents is a drag, man. It finally dawned on me this was one of the first ads I’d seen from a millennial perspective. Rather than the irritation of having grown kids at home – that would be my generation’s complaint -- it was the irritation of having stupid parents in your space, even if it is technically their space!

Also this week, I was flipping through my new edition of Tricycle, a Buddhist magazine, and from a less materialistic perspective picked up the same vibe.

“My students seem burdened,” said Jeff Wilson, an associate professor of religious studies at Renison State University in Canada. “People seem really afraid – we probably all know statistics around antidepressant use and anxiety and depression. I think it’s coming from the dissipation of family and connection with others. It just seems really hard to sustain that in the kind of society we have.”

Oh, pish posh. I wish that people who make useful observations would pause for just one moment before offering mere speculation as to the cause. I just don’t think there is justification for this kind of anomie, some breakdown in our families and society to the point that young people just can’t get it together.

It was no picnic in 1968, let me tell you. Yet today things are so fraught, apparently, that trigger warnings and safe spaces and micro-aggressions are the order of the day. (One is tempted to say, if you want a safe space, go back to your parents’ basement.) It was nice to see the University of Chicago push back in a letter to students this week. My own alma mater, Yale, was the scene of great pusillanimity kicked off by a dean’s wife harmless suggestion that nobody get too riled up by potentially offensive Halloween costumes. I don’t mean to minimize this generation’s own set of issues, nor the need to deal with historical grievances that ours may have never considered. Many will disagree, but I thought Georgetown’s offer this week to give preferential admission to descendants of slaves it had owned (and sold to keep in business) was terrific. There are problems to be dealt with but that does not explain or justify a generation of kids with sawed-off ambitions and crippling apathy who can’t seem to get out of their parents’ basements. I remember staying at home for three or four days right out of college until I moved in with a couple of friends. We were not living large, but it seemed that way because, hallelujah, we were on our own. (And then, a few months later, I moved into my own tiny attic apartment and bought a Sherwood receiver, a Dual Turntable and a pair of Dynaco speakers that I still have and put on a record that was just out -- Blood on the Tracks. Tangled Up in Blue's astonishing instrumental opening came pouring out like warm honey and gave the system a worthy baptism. I digress but being on your own is good!)

There’s nothing heroic about this, it is what people do and have done really for millennia -- a biologic imperative of youth to stand up, strike out on their own, show they can do it better and create their own life. The universe throws in some extra hormones or whatever to push us all out of the nest without a crippling fear of falling. Except, apparently, these days.

One of my favorite quotes is by Lightner Witmer, a Philadelphia psychologist, describing a possible early case of autism:

 “As the flower blooms, the fish swims or the bird flies, so the child crawls, walks and talks. It is the unfolding of his own instinctive impulses. But this child had to be taught to crawl and to walk, and even then he could only toddle around uncertainly. He never uttered a word spontaneously.”

This unfolding naturally continues into adolescence and early adulthood – or it ought to. But we shouldn’t be surprised it doesn’t when we have 1 in 6 kids with learning disabilities, 1 in 68 with autism, more than half with some kind of mental or physical health issue. That’s a lot of kids! Yet when these kids continue to have “delays” into adulthood, we seem to ignore this reality of cause and effect. Saying a three-year-old is delayed is one thing, but a 20-year-old who delays taking on the natural responsibilities and advantages of his age is something else. Or is it? Are we going to be talking about “delays” in 80-year-olds? At some point delay becomes denial of a person’s right to live a full and unburdened life.

It’s what Bernie Rimland called Dyslogic Syndrome in a book by that title available on Amazon. The subtitle says it all: Why Millions of Kids are ‘Hyper,’ Attention-Disordered, Learning Disabled, Depressed, Aggressive, Defiant, or Violent – and What We Can Do About It. This overlooked gem from 2008 – a kind of bookend to his classic Infantile Autism in 1964 – describes the generation now in their late teens and early adulthood.

If you get a generation whose members were delayed in infancy, should we be surprised they remain delayed in everything from leaving home to adjusting to the rough and tumble of what used to be called “the real world,” still "toddling around uncertainly" like the child Witmer described? Speaking of the real world, I'm reliably informed that another reality show, Big Brother, currently has three contestants well into their 20s who still live with their parents. We should stop grabbing for silly explanations and come to grips, like Georgetown with its egregious slave history, with what we have wrought.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.


Andy Wakefield, Vaxxed and The Media

VaxxedBy Anne Dachel

What I find most fascinating about the corruption of the media is their treatment of Andrew Wakefield. If you were to go to Google News and do a search, you'd find his name comes up quite often in stories about the vaccine controversy. You'd see things like:

"Dr. Andrew Wakefield has been involved with spreading the misinformation related to alleged conspiracy and cover-up..."

"... Andrew Wakefield was stripped of his medical license in the U.K. for falsifying the results of his own study..."

"...Andrew Wakefield, the discredited former British gastroenterologist who wrote a highly controversial (and since retracted) ..."

Unquestionably Andy is the fall guy. He's the one they blame for parental resistance to the ever-increasing vaccine schedule (while steadfastly ignoring all the sick kids everywhere). He connected vaccines to the development of autism and parents keep buying into the false claim, according to every major news organization out there.

Incredibly, no one in the media ever wants to talk to Andy about his position. Isn't that a little strange?

IF this doctor is SO WRONG and SO DANGEROUS, you'd think reporters would be questioning him everywhere he goes, setting up debates where members of the medical community could challenge his notoriously false position on vaccines and bring an end to the argument. SO WHY DON'T THEY?

I'm talking about folks like Clyde Haberman at the New York Times. He said Wakefield was "held in disgrace" in a piece entitled, "A Discredited Vaccine Study’s Continuing Impact on Public Health." And while Haberman interviewed Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus, who defended vaccines, Andy was not contacted, although Haberman did cite him as "Dr. Wakefield."

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Dachel Wake Up: Fox & Friends Fabricates Vaccination Story

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

It is clear that the major networks will make up the facts in order to defend vaccines and criticize parents who question their safety. We’ve seen it for years, and that is exactly what they did on this report on Fox & Friends. We’re told three quarters of parents don’t believe kids need vaccines.

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This is outright news fraud. It's the Fox News version of a recently announced survey of doctors that was actually done in 2013.

The Fox anchor is stunned.  How could so many parents be so misinformed?

Actually, Fox has the story all wrong, and one has to ask if it was intentional.

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Levi Quackenboss on San Antonio DA Nico LaHood

KnightThanks to Levi for letting us share this post.

I’ve thought for two days about writing or not writing this post because I wasn’t sure I had anything to add to the conversation about Nico Lahood standing up against vaccine-induced autism.

If you haven’t heard the national news yet, the elected District Attorney in Bexar County (San Antonio) Texas, contacted the Vaxxed team to share the story of his then-18-month old son regressing into autism after vaccination, along with photos of the debilitating eczema his first child suffered through.  His last two children are unvaccinated, as it tends to go in these situations.

Obviously, I decided to write.

Nico is a friend of mine, though he doesn’t know I write this blog. I haven’t seen him on a daily basis in many years, but we used to talk all the time. I laugh at the articles that refer to him as the “controversial Texas DA” as if he was already skating on thin ice before standing up and becoming the new face of the American dad that isn’t taking any shit from Merck.

Let me set the record straight on Nico Lahood: he is beloved in San Antonio.

Nico gives exactly zero fucks about what his actions might do at the polls, and not just because his job is set until 2018. As a Democrat, he unseated a 16-year Republican District Attorney in an election where voters were casting straight-Republican tickets. His opponent was the only Republican in the county to lose her job. Democrats who had better things to do that day left their homes to go stand in line and vote for him, when they ordinarily would have skipped it. That is how much he is loved. When he became DA it was probably a pay cut compared to the success he had in private practice.

He first ran for DA in 2010 at the age of  37, which is ridiculously young, but not unheard of. During his first attempt, the sitting DA released his criminal records that he’d filed to have sealed, which were from 1994 when he was arrested for selling 200 (now they’re reporting it as 300) pills of ecstasy to an undercover cop at the strip club he worked at. I don’t know what you were up to in 1994 but I sure am glad there aren’t records of what I was up to. Nico was given a deferred sentence, completed his probation, and the case against him for selling a drug once patented by Merck was dismissed.

So what did Nico do when the DA released his records? He made a commercial about it. He ran a political ad admitting the entire thing. That’s how many fucks he gives. He knows he’d made a youthful mistake but more than that, he knew the current corrupt DA needed to get the hell out of that office and that he was the guy to make that happen.

Nico narrowly lost in 2010 so he came right back at the DA in 2014 and knocked her out. He was endorsed by Eva Longoria and Tim Duncan. When the incumbent refused to debate him, he held his own interview of her using an empty chair because that lady never showed up for anything.  Read more here.


Revolutionary Grandparents: A New Autism Book From Skyhorse Publishing

Rev GPBy Anne Dachel

Autism is talked about all over the place today, and with good reason since, according to one statistic, more than two percent of children have the disorder. Every April, the whole world lights up places in blue in a call for awareness. There are even those who celebrate autism having coined the term, “neurodiversity.”

News reports on autism may include a 30 second clip of typical looking kids interacting with therapists or happily climbing on playground equipment, but we rarely see how autism impacts every member of the family. The heartbreak does not stop with the parents. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles also share in the dashed dreams and exhausting search for answers when a child descends into autism.

The media doesn’t report on the emotional and physical toll autism takes on parents. Rarer still is any coverage of the role of the extended family members. That’s why I’m excited to talk about the book, Revolutionary Grandparents,  which highlights what these people do to support parents and even take on the role of fulltime caregiver themselves.

There are nineteen stories in Revolutionary Grandparents. They’re personal and moving. I have highlighted five of them for you.

“Yee Haw” Hope and Healing across Generations, by Kathryn Heck p. 65

Kathryn and her nephew Matthew

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Kathryn Heck is the “Revolutionary Aunt” who’s been there for her nephew Matthew and his mother Terri. Kathryn herself suffered in the polio epidemic of the 1950s and as a result experienced “years of physical therapy, surgeries, braces, and a fear of needles.”

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Texas DA Risks Everything To Speak Out on Vaccine Injury

CautionNOTE: Keep an eye on the career of Texas DA Nico LaHood. And we don't mean for a promotion.  Speaking out on vaccine injury is fraught with danger.  The San Antonio Health District responded to LaHood with a statement Tuesday afternoon. It's at the end of this post.

By Anne Dachel

Aug 29, 2016, ABC12 San Antonio TX: District Attorney Nico LaHood: 'Vaccines cause autism'

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said Monday that vaccines cause autism.

In an interview with KSAT 12 News, LaHood said that he and his wife noticed a change in their son after he received his 18-month vaccination.

"We had a very different child," he said.

LaHood also voiced his opinions about the controversial subject in an interview that was posted on the Autism Media Channel Facebook page for the controversial documentary, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.”

"I'm here to tell you that vaccines can and do cause autism," LaHood said in the interview.

When asked whether he should be voicing his opinion due to the political office he holds, LaHood said, "My opinions are just my opinions. As a daddy, as a husband, who happens to be the DA. People are allowed to have a First Amendment right to an opinion. I know this is not a politically correct opinion.... 

ABC12 has it wrong in the video segment.  Nico LaHood isn’t in “VaxXed”—He simply backs up the premise of a link between vaccines and autism because his son regressed following his scheduled shots.

LaHood has his supporters, including a colleague in the justice system.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who saw a preview of the film, said he agrees.

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AAP Comes Out Against Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions

Crazy_doctor1NOTE: Just as cardiologists became the sales arm for cholesterol meds, pediatricians are coming out of the medicine cabinet as the final sales arm of the vaccination industry.  How else could you explain a physicians' organization (really their union, see this post by Mark Blaxill from several years ago) choosing to remove choice for a medical product as a blanket rule for the vast majority of their patients?  Vaccination carries risk, whether you believe that risk is infinitesimal or inevitable.  The result of this stance - to remove all non-medical vaccination exemptions - will create a punitive environment for thinking pediatricians who choose to work with and listen to their parent base.  The child whose sister is wracked with seizures and who has not had her first seizure will not be able to delay or turn down a vaccine that has seizure risk as a side effect because she won't qualify for a medical exemption.  Like violent crime, proactive police prevention is not possible, you can only call the police - or in the case of vaccine injury the ER - after the injury.  Removing non-medical vaccine exemptions is the moral equivalent of denying a woman a restraining order against a man who threatens violence. He might not have harmed her yet, but the risk is real.  Why would the AAP take this stance except to protect the pharmaceutical industry? Feel free to share your thoughts.  Kim

By Anne Dachel

As “VaxXed” tours the country and parents who would never have questioned vaccine mandates are getting educated, the corporate powers that control medicine and lawmakers are fighting back. SB277 in California ending parental choice was just the beginning.

Two things are happening right now regarding vaccinations and Google News has everyone reporting on it.

First of all, the AAP is now calling for the elimination of all non-medical exemptions to vaccination. This announcement coincides with a survey showing that the vast majority of pediatricians have parents who refuse to vaccinate. The report goes on to say that those parents who don’t want to vaccinate do so because they think vaccines are unnecessary—not because of fears over side effects.  (Evidently they have to be forced to do what's good for their children.)

AAP News: Eliminate nonmedical immunization exemptions for school entry, says AAP

An AAP policy is calling for all states to use their public health authority to eliminate nonmedical exemptions from immunization requirements for school entry.

While the Academy has opposed nonmedical or “personal belief” exemptions in the past, this is the first policy statement on the issue. …

“I personally — as well as colleagues around the country — have received calls from parents whose children were immunocompromised … who were really concerned,” said Dr. Maldonado, vice chair of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases.

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Vaxxed Viewer Remains Staunch

OopsLast week, we ran a post about a Vaxxed Q&A Video where a woman questioned Dr. Andrew Wakefield's integrity and credibility, unaware that she was speaking directly to Dr. Andrew Wakefield himself. He responded with more grace than would have most of us, I believe. We'll chalk that up to his British upbringing. We received a comment on that post that we run below for your edification.  




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Well, I was the person who brought the lawyer to the Austin Vaxxed movie (8/23)! She is my sister-in-law by marriage. She was visiting Austin for a few days with her daughter and I took the rare opportunity to “kidnap” them, take them to lunch and then to the afternoon showing. I was well aware of her stance on vaccines but thought she’d appreciate having more knowledge and possibly sway her opinion. Boy, was I wrong!

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Mark Blaxill on Massachusetts Special Education

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By Anne Dachel

I recently wrote about the Aug 17, 2016 coverage from NPR Boston which focused on special needs students in Massachusetts.

Mass SPED chart

It was really hard to ignore the data, yet officials and educators in that state don't seem worried.

Additional reporting from NPR Boston included this interview of a special education expert from Lesley University about the soaring increase in autism.

WBUR's Morning Edition host Bob Oakes recently spoke with Elizabeth Keefe, an assistant professor at Lesley University who focuses on special education and autism spectrum disorders. We asked her if the number of special education students in the state is growing.

Keefe:

"The number of students that require special education services in the commonwealth has remained largely static over the last 10 years. There's no question that there have been specific groups, such as students with autism, who have experienced a significant number of students with particular disabilities in our schools. So I would say, the need for programming for students with very complex disabilities is certainly an issue in the commonwealth."

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