Examining RFK Jr.'s claim that the CDC “Owns over 20 vaccine patents.”

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NOTE: Thanks to Ginger Taylor for writing this informative piece, published on GreenMedInfo. Read the full post here.

Mr. Kennedy is in very safe territory by reporting that the CDC has over 20 patents that create vast, undisclosed conflicts of interests in vaccine safety.

This past week, President-Elect Trump invited Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to discuss Mr. Kennedy leading a vaccine safety commission.  The mainstream media coverage of the meeting was widespread and furious. 

The vaccine industry and its media lap dogs do not want their corruption exposed in any official forum, and they have pointed their fury at Mr. Trump and Mr. Kennedy. 

We have seen a great deal of media on Kennedy and his vaccine safety and corruption claims in the last week.  The nice thing about that is this - because he has been in the mercury fight for so long, and started investigating the claims of moms of vaccine injured children more than a decade ago, his coverage has returned  the spotlight to the corruption that was uncovered in the early days of the realization that the vaccine program was hurting our kids.

One of these old pieces of information that has made its way back into the discussion because of Mr. Kennedy's media attention is the claim that, “The CDC owns over 20 vaccines patents.”

My vaccine safety and corruption research began shortly after my son was vaccine injured in 2003, and I have heard this claim circulated since I began advocacy in this arena, but I have never seen any evidence for this claim.

In 2003, UPI reporter Mark Benjamin wrote an in depth piece on the conflicts of interest (COI) in vaccine safety entitled, “UPI Investigates: The vaccine conflict.”  We have Mr. Benjamin to thank for bringing the patents and COIs held by the members of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, including Dr. Paul Offit, to the public's attention, and for documenting the early years of Offit's increasingly absurd claims.  In this article, Offit asserts that holding vaccine patents, being funded by Merck and having Merck buy and distribute, to physicians, his book extolling the virtues of vaccines, does not compromise his objectivity as a member of the committee that determines what is and is not sound vaccine practice:

Read the full post by Ginger Taylor here.


HuffPo: The Sky Horse Is the Limit - A Galloping Publisher

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NOTE: Congratulations to Tony Lyons and the entire team at Skyhorse Publishing. Many years ago, my agent called me and said, "We've sold your book, Kim. The publisher is called Skyhorse."  I responded, "Skywho?" Today, Skyhorse is thriving under Lyons' ownership.  When most publishers turn down autism non-fiction like mere carousel ponies gliding safely in circles,  Skyhorse is an American bucking bronco taking on every aspect of autism with no fear at all. Tony is an autism Dad - and haven't we all learned that most people in positions of power and influence ignore the epidemic until it hits them personally?

Here's an excerpt from Huffington Post's terrific article about Tony and Skyhorse. Please click over to their site and leave a comment.  

By Randy Mia Berman, on Huffington Post

There’s sky blue; skyline: skyscraper: skyrocket; skylark; Skylab; Luke Skywalker.
And then there’s 2017-01-08-1483902245-3476814-photomustangkickingdecoratorwildhorserearingcopy2.gifSkyhorse. Or, as I call it, the little colt that could.

Skyhorse: a young, hot-to-trot company (www.skyhorsepublishing.com) that’s just turned 10 — overturning expectations, turning editorial heads, and turning $0 into $43 million!

The maverick Mustang that’s been kicking down corporate stalls, publishing a range of topics as wide as the Montana skies, 2017-01-15-1484516014-5799221-CorsetsandCodpiecespage114.jpgfrom Putin to Pokemon Go; from fantasy and fashion (Corsets and Codpieces) to Fix-it and Forget-It series; from conspiracies to cookbooks—titles from Malcolm Nance’s The Plot to Hack America to Kristy Carlson’s Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls.

Photo Source (above): www.localriding.com

Skyhorse: named after PEN/Hemingway award-winning Hispanic Native American Mexican author Brando Skyhorse. Seriously, now, could you ask for a more romantic derivation ?

Photo Source: ‘S’ bend corset (right), in Corsets & Codpieces - A History of Outrageous Fashion from Roman Times to the Modern Era by Karen Bowman - Skyhorse Publishing

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True, I’d heard some rumblings, but I’d never fully grasped the whole scope and soul of Skyhorse 2016-12-09-1481313852-6832056-SkyTONYSeriousfrontrev.0C0A0583.jpguntil I attended the annual BEA (Book Expo America) convention in NYC’s sprawling Javits Center. Tying up my reins at the Skyhorse booth, I felt the renegade buzz.

The Lyons’ Zen
Meet Tony Lyons, a gentle rebel with a maverick spirit. I couldn’t resist asking what he would have become if not a publisher. His no-blink response? “Something risky like a mountain climber or explorer.”

A bearded blend of Paul Bunyan and Paul Newman, sprinkled with a tinge of Aristotle, Lyons is an urban Ponce de León. Wise and whimsical, he’s the antithesis of the corporate CEO — more mindful than managerial, more Buddha than baron.

You Can’t Lead a SkyHorse to Water
Skyhorse: a company, according to Tony Lyons, “dedicated to making people’s lives better.” 2016-12-09-1481322070-978326-SkyCHICKENLITTLEravepad.com140x164.JPGAnd what better time to feel uplifted than now? We’ve all been feeling like the world’s been crumbling, defying all earthly laws of physics and reality. Nope, we’re not in Chicken Little. And the sky is not falling. Let’s face it. We’re exhausted from electoral and inaugural overkill; in-your-face news pundits; cable tv clamorings; political-kids-in-a-sandbox behavior; and overall kindergarten tantrum antics. Time out.

We all need a refuge from the global turmoil, an oasis from Cabinet-speak, a haven from the havoc. And not just for crying, on or off campus. What better solution is there than simply laughing, learning...and reading?

Chicken Little Credit: www.ravepad.com

Read the full article at Huffington Post.


Win a Copy of Cooking With Leo by Erica Daniels from Skyhorse Publishing

Cooking with leoContest time! Congratulations to Erica Daniels on the publication of her new cookbook, "Cooking with Leo," I was please to write the foreword for this terrific book. Leave a comment to enter the contest.

Purchase Cooking With Leo at your favorite retailer here!

Cooking with Leo is a mother's love letter to and inspired by her son. This heartfelt cookbook also tells the story of a mother desperate to heal and to connect with her severely autistic son. A story of a mother finally connecting with her hard to reach child through the most vital everyday activity--cooking.
 
For many years, Erica Daniels had been out to find a successful dietary intervention for her eleven-year-old son Leo, who suffers from significant food allergies, gastrointestinal disease and autism. Through trial and error in her own kitchen, she finally hit her gastronomic stride of preparing nourishing meals for her entire family without gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, additives, or GMOS--with Leo by her side.

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Dachel Wake Up: Press, Propaganda and Progress

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

At the beginning of my book, The Big Autism, How and Why the Media is Lying to the American Public, I included these two quotes:

“If you want to sell a lie, get the press to sell it for you.”—Argo, 2012

“The two most misguided notions held in America: Our government wouldn’t really do that to us; if they did, they would tell us about it on TV.”—Anonymous

Tuesday I went to Google News as usual and saw that the propaganda is rampant. The media is in a real quandary. They don’t want to have to cover the vaccine safety controversy saying the same old thing over and over. The press has been parroting the official denials for the last two decades, and it just hasn’t worked. They quote experts with impressive credentials from big name universities and medical centers, but the issue never goes away.

Some mainstream editor somewhere must be at least a little suspicious that there’s more to the story. Maybe one or two have even thought about investigating the “science” and the industry conflicts, but none of that would ever be allowed in print or on the air. No, there can never be even a hint that there’s a reason to worry about vaccinating children.

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Media Sets Out To Shame President Elect's Vaccine Safety Panel

ShameThis is fascinating because it's really a replay of what the media did with Kennedy's book BEFORE it was published.

Pharma's minions in the press have to discredit President-elect Trump's Vaccine Safety panel BEFORE they ever get started. They have to line up EVERYONE in the medical community against the idea of a panel on vaccine safety. They have to tie Kennedy and Trump to Wakefield, the doctor who was found guilty of fraud. These people are "anti-vaccine" and dangerous. They believe in a wild conspiracy theory.

They also have to warn us about how all the science is in, and anyone who raises questions will cause parents not to vaccinate and children will die. Anti-vaxxers are responsible for disease outbreaks.

 STORY AFTER STORY AFTER STORY ARE DOING EXACTLY THAT ON GOOGLE NEWS. Newsday is especially sloppy here since twice they claim that Kennedy's focus is on the MMR and mercury.

This kind of coverage will only  work on people who don't understand the scope of this issue and how much fraud and corruption is out there. I actually think the crimes perpetrated on our children are so vast and involve so many different players that if I didn't know better, I'd say we're all crazy. As one news editor told me years ago, "You're talking about a conspiracy involving the medical community, the government and the vaccine makers. There is just too much oversight for that to ever happen."

Someone should explain how come every major media outlet in the country has the exact same spin on Trump's appointment.

Donald Trump and the anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorists

(THE TITLE TELLS US KENNEDY IS BOTH ANTI-VACCINE AND A BELIEVER IN CONSPIRACIES.)

By Laurie Garrett,

(SAY THAT CHILDREN COULD DIE.)

Things are getting down and dirty now. And millions of lives are at stake. I cannot possibly state strongly enough how dangerous it is that President-elect Donald Trump has embraced the notion that vaccination is the cause of autism.

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Dachel Morning Wake Up: Vaxalot vs Camelot

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Jan 15, 2017, St. Louis Post Dispatch (editorial board): Trump is flirting with disaster with choice to head vaccines panel

Asking Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to lead a panel on the safety and scientific integrity of vaccines is akin to naming climate change deniers Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Ryan Zinke to top the Interior Department and Rick Perry to command the Department of Energy.

Kennedy has been writing and speaking for more than a decade about supposed links between vaccines and autism. He has also toured the nation testifying against state vaccine mandates.

The theory has been widely discredited by reputable scientific studies…

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Lawrence Solomon: How Vaccine Safety Turned into one of Trump’s First Presidential Priorities

FpFrom Lawrence Solomon at FinancialPost.com.

With repealing Obamacare, building a wall, cutting corporate taxes and keeping jobs at home all high on Donald Trump’s agenda, the announcement Tuesday that he asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to consider chairing a commission into vaccine safety and scientific integrity took many by surprise.

It shouldn’t have. Vaccines and his belief that they can cause autism are personal to Trump, who held multiple meetings with vaccine skeptics in the late stages of the presidential campaign and into the packed transition period prior to assuming the presidency. Moreover, although vaccine skeptics are often associated with far-left Birkenstock elites, many Republicans — including top Republicans close to Trump — have expressed doubts about the uncritical acceptance of vaccines.

Aside from a small minority, neither Trump nor any of the so-called vaccine skeptics are ideologically opposed to all vaccines, or even consider themselves anti-vaccine in any way. They’re more likely to think vaccines are over-hyped and overused, and want them to be used in ways they consider more judicious and more consistent with personal freedom.

Dr. Ben Carson, the pediatric neurosurgeon who is Trump’s choice to be the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, represents a common conservative viewpoint on vaccines. As he told Jake Tapper in a nationally televised debate for the Republican nomination for president,  “Vaccines are very important — certain ones, ones that would prevent death or crippling.  There are others — there’s a multitude of vaccines that probably don’t fit into that category, and there should be some discretion in those cases. But you know, a lot of this is pushed by big government.”

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Best of: Only In My Dreams

Beautiful dreamsRonan's been popping up in his siblings' dreams lately. He was in some of my recent dreams, too.  Each of us have seen Ronan playing, interacting appropriately, looking genuinely happy and also talking.  Since those dreams mirror our everyday hopes, I thought I'd share an older piece today.  It's about one of the first dreams I had about Ronan after he got sick.  In it, he spoke. He spoke clearly, and he spoke confidently.  It's been a long time since I've heard his voice, but someday, I hope that I can hear my son speak again.   Enjoy this "best of" post.

By Cathy Jameson

Does it count if my non-verbal son spoke in my dream?  Does it count if I asked him to repeat the sentence to make sure it wasn’t a fluke and he did?  I don’t know what it meant, but Ronan said to me, “I saw the white car going down the road at 15 miles per hour.”  He said it twice.  He said it to me while looking me straight in the eyes. He said it to me like any typical 4-year old would.  He said it.  Then, I woke up.

This is not the first dream I’ve had about Ronan using his words. I asked God one day if I could please just have a sign that we were doing the right thing by walking down the biomedical road with all the supplements, all the doctor visits and all the research it was going to take to heal Ronan’s body.  That night, I had a dream that Ronan spoke. I was holding him on my hip as I would hold any typical kid of mine.  That was the first sign that things were hopefully getting better—Ronan’s sensory issues would never allow for that kind of snuggle. 

Back to the dream, Ronan and I were walking down a beautiful dirt path near the Potomac River that I have only walked down once before in my life.  I looked at Ronan and said, “Ronan, can you say Mommy?”  He said Mommy.  I kept on walking, “Ronan, can you say Daddy?”  He said Daddy.  I know I had to try to trick him since these were words that any typical kid should say.  I then looked at Ronan while we were walking under the tree branches that met over the middle of the road with the sunlight filtering in and said, “Ronan, can you say chocolate chip cookie?”  Well, the sweet little boy said chocolate chip cookie just as plain as day.  I know we kept walking down the road a bit more and then I woke up. 

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Weekly Wrap: Happy News Year!

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted Trump Kennedy Pence

The world is turning right in front of us and connections we never saw coming are being remade and rewired on a daily basis. While it is too early to get either elated or dejected by current events, the trend-line is clear: Something's happening here. 

Today I thought I'd use more of Anne Dachel's media reports to show how much is happening. I did an interview with BuzzFeed and as I was walking through the airport yesterday Nature magazine called. It's a new year to top all new years!

From Anne: After hours of reading news reports today, this was encouraging. As any of us can attest, once you know how vast and corrupt the vaccine safety issue is, you can never walk away. This is what Kennedy is saying too. 

Kennedy's description of why the media has universally failed us is absolutely right. No one is willing to risk their career covering this in a fair and balanced way. So they write what they're told ...over and over and over. But I know them all, and I will never forget who they are. 

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Robert Kennedy, Jr. “All the things that I do are bent on forcing this debate out into the open—because once the science is in the open, the CDC’s position is so fragile, it’s an edifice of fraud, fraud stacked upon fraud, so high and so wobbly, that even a slight breeze of public scrutiny will topple it. It’s not only Congress that won’t investigate, and the regulatory agencies have been captured, the courts and the lawyers that would normally apply that scrutiny have been removed by the Vaccine Act.

And the press has been compromised. And it’s not just the mainstream corporate media, but also the so-called alternative media like Huffington Post. Daniel Schulman wrote in the Columbia …Journalism Review that for journalists this is radioactive, that this is a career-ending controversy. So reporters won’t touch it, they’re really scared of it. Doctors won’t come out. Doctors lose their licenses if they talk about this. 

What we need is sunlight. If you put a little sunlight on this controversy, the whole thing’s going to fall apart. We’re going to beat these people. I feel this, and I’ve spent my life working on energy issues, environmental issues, and global warming, but I’ve taken a hiatus to do just this issue because I cannot stand by and watch these children being poisoned—an entire generation of kids that is being poisoned now by government policies and greed. We’re going to take them on and beat them.

And we need help. We’re at the World Mercury Project. We need your support, we need financial support, we need members because we’re going to sue government agencies, we’re going to sue pharmaceutical companies, we’re suing the people, we’re figuring out different ways to litigate this. In order for a charitable group to litigate, we need to show that we have members who have standing.

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The media’s desperate attempt to convince us the science is in on vaccines

Jan 13, 2017 Slate.com: Zealots Like RFK Jr. Have Already Made Vaccines Less Safe

By Brian Palmer

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2017/01/the_thimerosal_episode_explains_the_danger_of_rfk_jr.html

Not just because they fuel anti-vaxxers. This type of paranoia impedes our ability to accurately consider evidence. 

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., political scion–turned–anti-vaccine alarmist, emerged from a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday claiming that Trump had offered him a position leading a vaccine safety commission. This is a terrible idea for reasons that should be apparent, and a dangerous idea, because Kennedy’s anti-scientific rantings have already exerted a chilling effect on honest medical discourse for at least a decade. The thimerosal episode is a perfect example.

“Infants are exposed to more mercury from breastfeeding than they’d ever get from vaccines,” says Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases and director of vaccine education at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “It’s in the earth. It’s in the water we drink. If you want to achieve zero tolerance for mercury exposure, you’d have to move to another planet.”…

Eighteen years later, doctors still argue over the decision to remove thimerosal from vaccines. Halsey has staunch defenders who describe him as an egoless man who was trying to put child safety first, making a very difficult decision in a politically charged environment without the data he needed. Others still rue the decision, arguing that even though there wasn’t hard evidence, our scientific understanding of and experience with thimerosal justified keeping it while research continued.

We caved to public perception,” Offit says. “You’re always better off trying to explain the science—you owe the public that. We made a mistake.”

Wherever you come down on the decision, the real villains in the thimerosal episode are vultures like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who seized on the scientific uncertainty and the public communications challenges to scare the hell out of people….

Specifically, Kennedy insists that thimerosal causes autism. But there has never been any reason to believe that thimerosal or any form of mercury causes autism…

When it comes to his views on vaccine safety, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is dishonest, uninformed, insane, or some combination of them. His refusal to accept medical evidence has put children at risk, and giving him an official position will … you know what? It’s so obvious, it’s not even worth writing. It also doesn’t matter. Neither Trump nor Kennedy care about facts.

Jan 13, 2017, UK Guardian: Trump's vaccine conspiracy theories are a threat to your children

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/13/trump-vaccine-conspiracy-theory-robert-kennedy-jr

Vaccines have been shown safe and effective. When he hints otherwise, the president-elect is gambling with young lives

The science on vaccines is very clear: they are safe and effective. Vaccines do not cause autism. It’s a waste of our tax dollars to rehash this issue yet again. 

Jan 13, 2017, Washington Post: Charles Krauthammer: What happened to the honeymoon?

By Charles Krauthammer

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/jan/13/charles-krauthammer-what-happened-to-the-honeymoon/

Finally, it’s his chronic indiscipline, his jumping randomly from one subject to another without rhyme, reason or larger strategy. In a week packed with confirmation hearings and Russian hacking allegations, what was he doing meeting with Robert Kennedy Jr., an anti-vaccine activist pushing the thoroughly discredited idea that vaccines cause autism?

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The truth is, the agency that approves, promotes, and recommends the vaccine schedule is also charged with vaccine safety. They literally have oversight over themselves. Hundreds of employees at the Centers for Disease Control have conflict of interest waivers because they're also working for the industry they regulate.


Claims of corruption and fraudulent science at the CDC are rampant, even among employees. Krauthammer needs to investigate the 83 cases of vaccine-induced autism compensated by the Federal Court of Claims (since no American can sue either the doctor or vaccine makers for an injury), and which were made public back in 2011.


Finally Krauthammer needs to talk to Dr. Jon Poling, father of Hannah Poling whose case of vaccine-induced autism was conceded by medical experts at HHS and made public in 2008.


Krauthammer may assume that the link between vaccines and autism is a "thoroughly discredited idea," but he's taking the word the people with everything at stake in covering this up.

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Anne Dachel, Media Editor

 

 

 

 

 


BuzzFeed on Trump's Kennedy Appointment Features Age of Autism and JB Handley

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NOTE:  BuzzFeed interviewed both Dan Olmsted, Editor, and JB Handley, co-founder of Generation Rescue (and AOA)  for this article. 

Trump’s potential appointment was strongly welcomed on Wednesday by many in the activist community who believe that excessive vaccination is spurring an “epidemic” of autism and other chronic diseases among children. US autism rates have been rising since the late 1990s, and now 1 in 45 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, though the CDC has attributed this to changes in diagnoses and surveys. Thimerosal was discontinued as a preservative in children’s vaccines in 1999, though it is now widely considered safe by the medical community.

Many activists feel that Kennedy could spearhead a sea change in how decisions about vaccines are made in the US.

“I’m pretty tapped in to the autism community, and I never got more emails in a shorter period of time than yesterday afternoon — this is electrifying,” Dan Olmsted, editor of a blog called Age of Autism, which saw a nearly twofold increase in website traffic after yesterday’s news, told BuzzFeed News. “Now you’ve got the president-elect talking to the most high-profile vaccine safety challenger in the country. It’s just a whole different universe.”

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Vaccination Is Not A Medical Issue

SCI---politics_0By Ted Kuntz

After years of battling for the right to informed consent with regard to vaccination I’ve come to a realization. Vaccinations are not a medical issue. Rather, vaccination is a political issue disguised as a medical issue.

If vaccinations were truly a medical issue, there would be more concern with whether vaccines were actually safe; whether vaccines actually prevented the targeted illnesses or not; and whether the health of those receiving the vaccines was better than those who did not.

The virtual absence of interest in vaccine safety and effectiveness research is a strong indication that the intention of vaccination is not about improved medical health at all. The unwillingness of governments and health authorities to conduct genuine research to establish whether vaccinated individuals have better overall health than unvaccinated individuals is strong evidence that improved health is not the goal.

What is becoming increasingly clear is that vaccinations are serving a political agenda. They are the battleground for the domination and submission of citizens to a national or international power. It is about subservience. It is about compliance. It is about undermining free will, free choice, and the security of the person.

This agenda becomes evident when we witness the amount of financial and other resources dedicated to tracking compliance, rather than tracking safety and effectiveness.

Our health units are not monitoring whether vaccinated children are healthier than unvaccinated children. They actually show no interest in this data. Instead they invest millions of dollars into tracking and enforcing compliance, and punishing those who do not comply.

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Science Magazine Interview with Robert Kennedy

Kennedy AlbanyBy Anne Dachel

This is a follow-up interview with Robert Kennedy, Jr. yesterday after the announcement that he would head a vaccines safety panel for President Trump.  Notice that Kennedy emphasizes the importance of safe vaccines. Already there has been massive criticism of Kennedy's appointment everywhere in the media because the press doesn't want us to consider that vaccines may not be safe for all children, it seems. All the science is in. (Repeat after me.)

IF...as we are constantly told, vaccines are safe, vaccines save lives, then officials and medical groups should show us the independent science and the double blind studies done on each and every vaccine to prove it.

Of course I have not seen one hint in any mainstream story about Trump's appointment of Kennedy of the numerous claims of corruption and malfeasance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The media is desperately trying to convince the American people that there's nothing for this vaccine panel to look at, after all, "studies show no link."  

Jan 10, 2017, Science Magazine: Exclusive Q&A: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Trump's proposed vaccine commission

By Meredith Wadman

Environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an outspoken vaccine critic, said today that he was asked by President-elect Donald Trump to chair a “vaccine safety and scientific integrity” commission. (A Trump spokesperson, however, later said that "no decisions have been made at this time" about such a commission.) Kennedy espouses discredited links between vaccines and neurological disorders, including autism. He has also been harshly critical of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommends the childhood vaccine schedule. Scientists and others have fiercely disputed Kennedy’s claims.

ScienceInsider caught up with Kennedy by telephone in an airport flight lounge shortly after he met with Trump in New York City. He made it clear that CDC’s vaccine scientists and practices will be a major focus of the commission’s work. Excerpts from our interview, which have been edited for brevity and clarity, appear below.

Q: What happened in the meeting?

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Tara Haelle: Vaccine True Believer

Pick-your-poison-sampleBy Anne Dachel

Seriously, I don't think there's a chemical on the market that Tara Haelle is worried about. Her comment about DEMANDING  A FLU SHOT WITH MERCURY WHILE PREGNANT was the best example of a real true believer I’ve seen.

In her story in 2013 Haelle said that she consulted with Dr. Paul Offit on the safety of the flu shot while pregnant and he told her to go ahead a and get one. She described how both her pharmacist and her doctor’s nurse urged her to get an Hg-free flu shot while she was pregnant, but she insisted on one with mercury.

Jan 7, 2017, Forbes: Cleveland Clinic Doctor Goes Full Anti-Vaccine

By Tara Haelle

...Neides is correct that thimerosal is the preservative used in these multi-dose vials -- but he refers to it as mercury, then asking, “Why would any of us want to be injected with mercury if it can potentially cause harm?” Except, “mercury” is an element that can come as a component in different molecules. The mercury found in certain fish, such as shark, tuna and king mackerel, is inorganic methylmercury, a known neurotoxin that accumulates in the body and can cause harm if too much is consumed. (Though, it’s worth noting that long-term studies from the Seychelles suggest a very high consumption of fish is needed to cause harm.)

Thimerosal, however, breaks down into 49% ethylmercury, larger molecules which exit the body within a week or two and do not cause harm, even when received in multiple vaccines. Before scientists fully understood the safety of thimerosal, it was removed as a standard ingredient in childhood vaccines in 2000. Today, its safety is well-established, and thimerosal-containing vaccines continue to be used in countries that cannot afford single-dose vaccines.

Exactly how safe is a flu shot with thimerosal? So safe that I demanded my local pharmacy give me one while I was pregnant. I wouldn’t dream of getting any substance injected into myself while pregnant that I wasn’t certain was safe for me and my developing fetus (now a healthy 2-year-old).

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Bring the Case: Prosecute CDC Officials

Kent legalBy Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde

 “OH MY GOD. I CANNOT BELIEVE WE DID WHAT WE DID. BUT WE DID. DR. WILLIAM THOMPSON, CDC SENIOR SCIENTIST & WHISTLEBLOWER

Much has been said about what Dr. William Thompson disclosed to Dr. Brian Hooker in a series of legally recorded phone conversations in 2014. The book, Vaccine Whistleblower: Exposing Autism Research Fraud at the CDC by Kevin Barry and the film, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, by Andrew Wakefield, together lay out what amounts to a case of scientific fraud and corruption at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

The federal government has taken no action.

On July 29, 2015, United States Congressman William Posey said the following on the floor of the House of Representatives:

Mr. Speaker, I respectfully request the following excerpts from the statement written by Dr. Thompson be entered into the record. Now quoting Dr. Thompson:

“My primary job duties while working in the Immunization Safety Branch from 2000 to ’06 were lead or co-lead three major vaccine safety studies—the MADDSP MMR Autism Cases Control study was being carried out in response to the Wakefield Lancet study that suggested an association between the MMR vaccine and an autism-like health outcome. There were several major concerns among scientists and consumer advocates outside the CDC in the fall of 2000 regarding the execution of the Verstraeten study.

One of the important goals that was determined up front in the spring of ’01 before any of these studies started, was to have all three protocols vetted outside the CDC prior to the start of the analyses so that consumer advocates could not claim that we were presenting analyses that presented our own goals and biases. We hypothesized that if we found statistically significant effects at either 18- or 36-month thresholds, we would conclude that vaccinating children early with MMR could lead to autism-like characteristics or features. We all met and finalized the study protocol and analysis plan. The goal was to not deviate from the analysis plan to avoid the debacle that occurred with the Verstraeten thimerosal study published in Pediatrics in ’03.  At the September 5th meeting, we discussed in detail how to code race for both the sample and the birth certificate sample.

At the bottom of Table 7 it also shows that for the non-birth certificate sample, the adjusted race effect statistical significance was huge.  All the authors and I met and decided sometime between August and September ’02 not to report any race effects for the paper.  Sometime soon after the meeting, we decided to exclude reporting any race effects, the co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study.  The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can.  However, because I assumed it was illegal and would violate both FOIA and DOJ requests, I kept hard copies of all documents in my office and I retained all associated computer files. I believe we intentionally withheld controversial findings from the final draft of the Pediatrics paper.” “

End of quote of Dr. Thompson.

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Mainstream Media Response to Trump Kennedy Vaccine Safety Committee

Thimerosal RFKNOTE:  How did so many media outlets across the country get out such a similar response to the Trump Kennedy Vaccine Safety announcement yesterday afternoon?  And why are they so horrified by a government committee on product safety? (Rhetorical)

Could the chickens finally be coming home to roost?   We might not know which came first, the chicken or the egg, but we know that the autism epidemic came after the onslaught of vaccines.  Honestly, the frightened, angry response is.... looney tunes.  We invite you to buy and read Thimerosal - Let the Science Speak, from Skyhorse Publishing to draw your own conclusions.   K



By Anne Dachel

A committee to explore “vaccine safety and scientific integrity.”

(Trump is even talking about a panel on autism.)

How the press is covering Robert Kennedy Jr’s appointment to Trump vaccine safety panel. Notice that he’s now referred to as a “vaccine skeptic,” not “anti-vaccine.”

(It would be rather strange to put someone “anti-vaccine” on a vaccine safety panel.)

The Chicago Tribune called it “a stunning move.”

TIME’s Jeff Kluger called Kennedy “an anti-vaccine crusader” and “the vaccine czar.”

(I wrote about Kluger’s coverage of Robert Kennedy, Jr. in TIME Attacks Kennedy and Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak in 2014.)

Mother Jones called it “evil bi-partisanship.”

Remember one thing: The media has everything at stake in this. Just like Paul Offit and every official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, their careers and reputations are on the line here.

I’m sure the news that Robert Kennedy, Jr. had accepted a position looking at vaccine safety in the Trump administration left many, many people in shock.

This issue is no longer Republican. This puts the question of vaccine safety out in the news like nothing in the last decade.

So why is this prominent Democrat willing to join forces with the Republican President-elect?

People have to be asking this question.

Major networks and newspapers have to cover this. It can’t be avoided.

Here’s their coverage. Everyone assures the public that all the science shows vaccines are safe.

Several sites cite Kennedy’s book, Thimerosal-Let the Science Speak,   but they don’t include a link. Most never mention it.

Prominent vaccine promoters are quoted, including Paul Offit, Peter Hotez, and even Marie McCormick, and officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the World Health Organization.

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President Elect Trump Appoints Robert Kennedy Jr Chair Commission on Vaccine Safety

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Robert F. Kennedy
Jr, a vocal vaccination skeptic, says President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to chair a commission on vaccine safety.

Trump has also voiced doubts about vaccinations, tweeting in the past that he knew a child who developed autism after receiving immunizations. He did not supply evidence for that claim.

He also has advocated for children to get smaller doses of vaccines spread out over time.  Kennedy said Trump invited him to the meeting Tuesday in New York.

Scientists have debunked the link between vaccines and autism. But Kennedy, the son of the late U.S. attorney general, believes there is connection and has advocated for parents to be allowed to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

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Question Any Component of Vaccines? Immediately Branded Anti-Vaccine.

VoltaireBy Anne Dachel

"Time to deal with 'anti-vaccine' doctors"

Jan 8, 2017, Vox.com: A Cleveland Clinic doctor spread anti-vaccine views. He's not alone among MDs

By Julia Belluz

The medical community needs to figure out how to deal with its anti-vaccine factions

Large-scale studies involving thousands of participants in several countries have failed to establish a link between childhood vaccinations and autism. And there’s just no good evidence for the "too many, too soon" argument Neides makes. Babies’ immune systems are strong enough to tolerate the shots, and researchers haven’t found evidence for an association between the number of vaccines kids get in the first two years of life and neuropsychological outcomes later on....

The medical profession’s anti-vaccine problem is bigger than this one incident

The Cleveland Clinic, a top research hospital, now has a credibility problem on its hands. But it's not the only one: There are rogue anti-vaccine factions throughout medicine, who regularly muddy the public health conversation about immunizations....

The medical profession has been struggling with how to deal with dangerous doctor talk, since doctors can pretty much say anything and keep their medical licenses (outside of the doctor-patient context). But with a President-Elect coming into the White House who has also shared anti-vaccine rhetoric, the medical profession better think about how to deal with its rogue members, and get better at spreading the message about why we desperately need vaccines.

The current uproar in social media over a lone doctor from the Cleveland Clinic who dared to raise concerns over the toxins in our ever-expanding mandated vaccine schedule should wake parents up to the reality that MANY COURAGEOUS PHYSICIANS ARE QUESTIONING THE SAFETY OF VACCINES.

Wait a minute. How can this be? For two decades the "anti-vaccine" movement has been blamed on ONE DOCTOR, Andrew Wakefield, from Britain. Everyone else in the medical community stands behind vaccines one hundred percent, right?

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Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Daniel Neides' Smart Recommendations Create Backlash

NeidesNOTE:  This story is from The Cleveland Clinic. One of the only allopathic doctors to ever look seriously into why my 3 daughters have autism is at The Cleveland Clinic (many of you know Dr. Marvin Natowicz.)  The Clinic was a leader in replacing typical hospital food with healthy choices. They got into trouble for banning McDonald's on site many years ago.  Dr. Bernadine Healy, the NIH head who took a beating for saying that vaccine autism science was not complete, was married to Dr. Floyd Loop, former CEO of the Cleveland Clinic.   Let's send a huge cyber welcome to fellow "anti-vaccinationist" (insert eye roll here) Dr. Daniel Neides.  Did he know that he was stepping into a hornet's nest of epic proportions?  KIM

By Anne Dachel

Doctor links toxins and autism…

Jan 6, 2017, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Make 2017 the year to avoid toxins (good luck) and master your domain: Words on Wellness

This was an interesting piece. A doctor, Daniel Neides, from the Cleveland Clinic is speaking out on toxins (including vaccines) and our health.

Neides described how he received a thimerosal-free flu shot, only to find out that it still contained toxic formaldehyde.  Within 12 hours, he was sick.

(Dr. Neides should look at the findings from the CDC, other agencies, and the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration.  The ineffectiveness of the flu shot has been shown over and over.)

Regardless, Neides knows toxins are affecting our health and officials are doing nothing about it.

“….But when toxins disrupt normal function, problems can occur. Those problems include cancers, auto-immune diseases, neurologic problems like autism, ADHD, and Parkinson's disease, and the most prevalent chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease….”

Neides is especially concerned about the explosion in autism.

Why do I mention autism now twice in this article. Because we have to wake up out of our trance and stop following bad advice. Does the vaccine burden - as has been debated for years - cause autism? I don't know and will not debate that here. What I will stand up and scream is that newborns without intact immune systems and detoxification systems are being over-burdened with PRESERVATIVES AND ADJUVANTS IN THE VACCINES.

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Google Leads the Charge with Fake News

Ministry of truthBy John Stone

Age of Autism is a sufficiently visited and prominent website to qualify for coverage by Google News but over the years I have come to view this stoically since my articles have a remarkable tendency to disappear, or to have been given a misleading caption of some kind. But it gets serious. In the past couple of weeks I attempted to highlight the tsunami of children entering the school system in Scotland with an autism spectrum diagnosis or other neurological problems such as ADHD. I did not make any of this up: the information was drawn from official Scottish data. You would think the data was generated for a purpose, and moreover this could not be in any sustainable democracy a more important matter, BUT NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IT.

Scottish Mental Health Services in Collapse Because of Rise in Autism and ADHD

Time for Scotland's Politicians to Ask the Awkward Question What's Happening To Its Children

I sometimes wonder which agency or public relations outfit is liaising with Google about my articles, all of which are thoroughly researched.

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When Autism Crosses the Line

Ronan bowling
By Cathy Jameson

I shared this photo (above) and short story with family and friends while we were on our Christmas vacation:

At Ronan's happy place.

He was so happy, so very happy.

I was, too.

Until he crossed the foul line.

When Ronan's gutter ball didn't knock down any of the pins, he decided to go knock down the pins himself. I booked it down the lane after him. But dang, those bowling alley lanes are so slippery.

Down I went.

Ronan kept going as fast as his ataxic, neuropathic little legs could move him with my husband scrambling not too far behind.

Ronan made it to the pins before I could get up and before either one of us could reach him.  He knocked two pins over, and before Daddy reached him, down the sweeper bar came right next to his head. Oof.

But Ronan was happy. And sometimes, even though you've left your ego (and a few tears) on the slick floor, it's okay.

Ronan 2
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Hearts still full 

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Ronan bowling 2When we arrived at the bowling alley earlier that day, I made a point that morning to not tell the manager about Ronan.  I don’t always do that.  Since he looks typical, I’ll sometimes give a manager a heads up:  This is Ronan.  He has autism.  If we need to cut things short, or if we need some extra assistance, we’ll let you know.  That day, I opted to not say anything about my son or about autism.  Confident that he’d love every minute of our fun day out, I was sure Ronan would do well.  He did great just two weeks prior at a bowling alley not too far from our home, so I expected a repeat that morning.  I was sorely disappointed. 

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Weekly Wrap: A New Year of Books and Blogs and Big Ideas

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted Dan headshot for book

Last week I said adieu to old acquaintances and was touched by the comments I got both on- and offline. This week it’s time to move forward into what promises to be a big year for AOA and its allied enterprises. There’s even more to come than I’ll talk about here.

But first let me say, did you ever work on a big project over a long period of time that you cared a lot about – but still had a moment of, “How did I ever get myself into this?” Or, even worse, how do we translate an important but overlooked paper from 1907 in a journal called, I kid you not, Zeitschrift fur die Erforschung und Behandlung des jugendlichen Schwachsinns.*

Well, that moment has come and gone as regards the book Mark Blaxill and I are finishing up this month. Although the title is not set yet, the topic is autism epidemic denial – how it hurts kids, families and our future.  AOA readers always come to the rescue, and Birgit Calhoun translated a trove of Mark Dan Book 2017 useful documents from German that are crucial to understanding the whole issue. Thanks, Birgit.

The book, our third together and something of a bookend to the first (The Age of Autism) and second (Vaccines 2.0), will be out in a few months. It has been a fascinating and deep dive into the history of mental disorders in children, which of course is a dark topic, but what we came up with makes hash of the “better diagnosing, awareness, substitution/these kids were always there” mantra we are all so sick of. One more time: No these kids were not ”always there”! We aim to present the definitive account of why autism instead must be a man-made epidemic (the subtitle of our first book) that needs to be stopped. As we say in the book, epidemic denial is not just improbable or implausible; it is, based on both facts and logic, impossible.

We quote our redoubtable colleague J.B. Handley on Paul Offit and his ilk of deniers: J.B. calls epidemic denial the “original sin” of autism. “In Offit’s world, there is absolutely no problem here. Things are as they always were, we just understand it better. Of course, we all know, if there’s no epidemic, there is no environmental trigger, because why have a trigger if something hasn’t actually grown? Said differently: Denying the autism epidemic is to deny the suffering of millions of children and their families and also to deny the exploration into the true cause so the epidemic might end.”

Amen. That’s all I’ll say for now. We have some finishing up to do but are grateful that Skyhorse is again proving a hospitable publisher for our cause. Oh, and we dedicate the book to Bernie Rimland, who “sought the truth and helped sick kids.” Like all of us, we hope to in some small way to further that effort. And we think the timing could be good, eh?

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LA Times/Michael Hiltzik and the Fakest “Fake News” of All

Fake NewsBy Anne Dachel

January 3, 2016, Los Angeles Times: It's not just politics: 2016 was an epidemic year for fake news in science, too

By Michael Hiltzik

One of the watchwords of politics in 2016 was the epidemic of “fake news” — a catch-all term encompassing propaganda, misinformation, disinformation and hoaxing — impinging on the presidential campaign. But let’s not overlook its spread in the spheres of science and medicine….

Oransky and Marcus cite several dubious findings that were published in scientific journals that purport to engage in peer review, but may not always be as reputable as they seem. These included a conspiracy-mongering claim that the vapor trails behind jet planes contain toxic materials, not merely ice crystals; another hugely questionable study linking vaccines to autism, a long-debunked connection; and a “whopper” asserting that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS. All were eventually retracted by their publishers, but that only raises the question of how they got published to begin with….

Common in the popular press are medical claims made by celebrities, typically associated with their own personal experiences or promoted by companies selling the nostrums, or both. Patient advocates and other promoters recognized early on that “using celebrities to endorse scientific or health claims gives the claims the veneer of authority,” Marcus says. 

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Unthinkable Racial and Disability Hate Crime in Chicago

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You've probably seen this report on Facebook. If not, prepare to lose your last meal. A group in Chicago kidnapped and tortured a man with special needs live on Facebook.  The video is in the link below. I can't post it here.  K

The New York Post Report:

The brutal torture of a special-needs man was livestreamed on Facebook as he was bound and gagged in Chicago.

In the video, several people in an apartment look on, laughing and eating, during the Tuesday attack. The victim, who was viciously beaten, had been kidnapped, news station WBBM reported.

At least four of the victim’s alleged captors were taken into custody Wednesday after the footage began making the rounds on social media, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The footage shows the attackers cutting the victim’s hair with a knife until his scalp bled and slashing his clothes. He was also repeatedly slapped and cigarette ashes were thrown at him.

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Kid & Allergy Friendly Recipes! Cooking With Leo By Erica Daniels From Skyhorse Publishing

Cooking with leoPurchase Cooking With Leo at your favorite retailer here!

By Dara Berger

As a mom of two children with food allergies and one with autism you would think I have read it all when it comes to food.   I actually thought I had until I picked up a copy of Erica Daniel’s new cookbook “Cooking with Leo”.  I read through it during one of those rare moments on a weekend when your children actually leave you alone for an extended period of time.  

It was both inspiring and empowering.  You must be thinking "how could a cookbook be described using those words”?  Erica sprinkles facts about autism and food allergies throughout the book without making it feel like you are being taught something.  She also gives great tips on which foods are healing and the ones we should all stay away from.  Then there are the many great healthful recommendations offered such as the type of cookware that is best to use.  Erica Daniels shares more than recipes in “Cooking with Leo”.  She bares her soul for all to read.  It is a beautiful and healing journey of one family and how they found peace, harmony and a good time in the kitchen together despite all of life’s challenges. 

My favorite parts of “Cooking with Leo” are how Erica describes getting your children into the kitchen to learn this invaluable skill that everyone needs and how it connected her whole family.  Food is something her son Leo really enjoys and the act of cooking with Leo broke down the autism barrier and allowed them to finally connect with one another.  The pictures of both the food and Erica’s children are some of the most engaging that I have ever seen in a cookbook.  You cannot help but feel happy flipping through the pages.

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Dachel Wake Up: Ben Swann on US Propaganda

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

January 3, 2017 CBS 46 Atlanta Reality Check: President Obama Quietly Signs New Law To Allow U.S. Gov. to Fund Propaganda For U.S. Citizens

By Ben Swann

(View Ben Swann's report on Facebook here.)

Ben Swann: “After all, if government agencies put out information to the public for the sake of altering a point of view, isn’t that the very definition of propaganda? In fact that definition is this: information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, a group, a movement, an institution, nation etc.

“So this law essentially funds U.S. propaganda. But isn’t that illegal?

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Time for Scotland’s Politicians to Ask the Awkward Questions: What’s Happening to its Children?

by John Stone

image from upload.wikimedia.orgScotland is one of the first nations that will have to confront the meltdown of its services because of the tsunami of neurological problems engulfing its children. No amount of public relations whimsy can cover up the scale of this calamity. And nothing must stop its representative politicians demanding from its health executive the real reasons why this has happened – they are in the dock of history. For two decades we have had the siren song that there is better recognition of autism, that there are as many unidentified cases hidden among the adult population: this is no longer tenable when the rate of ASD among younger children is now well above 1 in 30, and when there are a host of other impairments and health problems confronting Scotland’s children. By now, it could well be that 1 in 10 boys at the younger end of the cohort is autistic spectrum.

As of September 2016 based on Scottish Executive figure the rate of diagnosed autism in Scottish schools was 1 in 51 in a 15 year rolling cohort, but seven years before in 2009 it was just 1 in 129 (in 1998, the first year of data, it was 1 in 925). According to another set of figures the total number of pupils with “additional needs support” in Scottish schools rose 73% in just five years from 98,253 to 170, 239, or 25% of Scotland’s children (again the proportion is likely to be much worse among younger children). A report last July by Scottish Conservatives highlighted rising prescriptions for Ritalin, a drug used for the treatment of attention and hyperactivity deficit disorder (ADHD)  :

“The 123,222 items dispensed for the treatment of ADHD is a new record high, compared to 112,000 in 2014/15 and just 105,000 the year before that.”

Whatever their politically correct special needs rhetoric, every government in history (as any autism parent will tell you) has fought tooth and nail to keep the cost of special educational needs down. Diagnoses are not handed out easily. Moreover, most parents are not delighted to be told there is something amiss with their child, and most professionals will not enjoy telling them. This is not a chimaera, it is real and there is certainly worse to come. Something similar is also happening in Northern Ireland .

The statistics, released by the Health and Social Care Board, show that the number of youngsters on waiting lists is up from 607 in 2012, to 2,325 this year.

The figures were disclosed in response to an Assembly question from Upper Bann MLA Jo-Anne Dobson.

Ms Dobson said she was shocked at the dramatic rise and said the figures showed that the crisis engulfing our hospitals had now spread to autism services.

Assembly member Dobson is only half right because this is actually a story about sevices being engulfed by an epidemic, not because they are being run down. In English schools Autistic Spectrum cases continue to rise and are less than three year behind the levels now reported in Scotland.

At some point reality has to dawn. This is happening because our children are having to sustain an unprecedented toxic burden of which an endlessly and recklessly extended vaccine schedule is a major component.

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Texas Roundup Showdown: Cotton Versus Wine Growers

Monsanto_roundup_all_usThank you to Laura Hayes for sharing these stories.  Pesticides rear their poisonous heads again. Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill have written about the insidious interaction of pesticides and mercury and viruses as part of the autism and polio epidemics. Pesticides were the focus of the mysterious illnesses in upstate NY high school females a few years ago.  Monsanto Roundup is the focus of this Texas brawl: cotton versus wine grapes.  And in a hideous tragedy in Amarillo, four children were killed when someone mixed water with a  dangerous pesticide, creating a poisonous gas.

From The Texas Tribune


Competing against millions of acres of cotton, winegrowers fear federal approval of new herbicides to be used on genetically modified cotton seeds will wipe out the wine industry in the Texas High Plains. 

As Paul Bonarrigo watched his grapevines dwindle, he was confident that heavy-duty herbicides, probably sprayed on crops by a nearby farmer, were drifting into his vineyards. For the past two years, his 44 acres in Hale County — once sprawling vineyards providing fruit for Bonarrigo's Messina Hof Winery — have not produced any grapes as they wither from chemical damage.

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Dachel Wake Up: NYT Bashing Vaccine Choice

Dachel Morning Wake UoDec 28, 2016, New York Times: Your Sister Won’t Vaccinate Her Son. Can You Help Him?

By Kwame Anthony Appiah

But the anti-vaccination movement is not, alas, a bastion of rationality. So, assuming his parents don’t have a change of heart, I fear your nephew may have to wait. The good news is that he doesn’t have to wait to turn 18; in Oregon, you’re free to seek medical procedures without parental consent as soon as you are 15. Until then, you can continue to be the voice of sage counsel.

We’re told that “Kwame Anthony Appiah considers readers’ ethical quandaries.” Really?

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SPARK Autism Research - You're Going The WRONG Way!!

WrongwayBy Teresa Conrick

Here in Chicago, they have been reporting on the SPARK Autism, national database.  This from our local ABC, channel 7 Chicago:

RESEARCHERS AT RUSH MEDICAL CENTER CREATING NATIONAL DATABASE TO STUDY AUTISM  Sunday, December 18, 2016

 Some highlights- 

∗  Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States. It now affects one in every 68 children and on in every 42 boys.

 That's one reason why there is an intense push to try to find treatment and a possible cure. There is a major research study taking place at Rush Medical Center in Chicago.

 a ground-breaking research study, which is now gathering genetic information on autistic individuals. They're creating a national database.

 Every day we struggle with it and every day we hope that, in the back of your mind, that studies like this are going to help us," said Tony Belmonte, Jack's father.

 Nation-wide they are hoping to register 50,000 individuals on all levels of the autism spectrum. There is a concentrated effort now to get more minorities to sign up for this research.

At the bottom of the article, you'll read this:  For more information about the Rush autism study, visit www.sparkforautism.org/rush.  There you will go to a website which is not RUSH Hospital.  To find out more, click on About SPARK   on the bottom of that page.  There you will see that,  SPARK stands for ‘Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge,’ and the mission is simple: we want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. If you or your child has a professional diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, learn more about SPARK here .  If we keep following them, we can read even more about this plan -  SPARK aims to build a research community of tens of thousands of individuals with autism and their families, who will be asked to share medical and genetic information with scientists and to agree to be contacted about future research studies. 

For the person who knows little about the who, what, when, where and why of AUTISM, this could look to be promising BUT for most of the rest of the world, people are not accepting this approach anymore.  The search for genes is NOT, nor has it EVER been helpful "to find treatment and a possible cure."  Autism Speaks did this same thing, came up with a gene depository  to look like they are using their money for something helpful.  Sadly, this approach has done NOTHING for the tens of thousands of families who have children and now, young adults, who suffer with painful GI disease; seizures;  inability to speak or communicate in a meaningful manner or, at all; extreme sensory disturbance; executive functioning disability; debilitating obsessions, compulsions and tics; heartbreaking self-injurious behaviors; and the daily struggles with social cues. This type of genetic research is going in the WRONG direction.  

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One in 68…When “Better Diagnosing” is Really “Over-diagnosing”

But waitBy Anne Dachel

In March 2014 the autism went from one in every 88 children in the U.S. (released in 2012) to one in every 68. Then in March of 2016 the Centers for Disease Control again estimated the rate at one in 68 children.

In 2014 Coleen Boyle at the CDC was extensively covered in the media testifying to the bewilderment of officials as to the cause of all the autism, yet hinting that the increase was probably due to “increased awareness.” Dr. Max Witznitzer at Rainbow Children’s Hospital in Cleveland agreed and was widely covered saying that the increase was because of the efforts being made to educate the health care community and the general public to recognize developmental problems.

It’s important to note that when the CDC updates the autism numbers, they use statistics from six to fourteen states (depending on the funding).

The CDC looked at eight year old children in 11 states for the 2014 study: Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey. One has to wonder why California wasn’t part of the research since they are often credited with having the most accurate autism numbers.

See: UC-Davis report

Jan 2016 Sac Bee report on autism in California.

July 2016 Sac Bee

In March of 2016 the CDC announced that the rate was still one in 68, and officials were cautiously optimistic that the numbers had stabilized. (Supposedly doctors had finally learned to diagnose the condition according to guidelines established with the DSM-IV back in 1994.

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Tell Your (Autism) Story

Autism Reality
By Cathy Jameson

I came across a headline last week that caught my eye.  From a magazine that I no longer subscribe to, but happened to get an email from in my spam folder, the headline said, Tell Us Your Story—2017 Neuro Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions.” 

We know you have a story to tell … and we want to hear it!


  Neuro Film Festival

Even with how many times I’ve told it over the years, telling our story isn’t an easy task.  It comes with admitting that I did things the wrong way.  It comes with reliving a painful past. 

Is [your story] about yourself, or a loved one?

My story is about a very much loved son, Ronan. In sharing his story, it requires sharing intimate details of a decisions that ended up hurting him.  Despite all that, I tell our story whenever I can. 

Do you want to help raise awareness of and funding for critical brain disease research?

As painful as it would be to share it again, I’d love nothing more than for the video judges from the contest’s sponsor, the American Association of Neurology, to know exactly what happened to my typically developing child and the neurological damage he has suffered.

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Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: Dearly Departed

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Dear Readers:  In an instance of synchronicity, my sister's ex-husband and the father of her two children died this morning after this column was posted.

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Everybody dies, and everybody knows it, but even so it’s been a death-full year. Celebrities, friends, family, children with autism. Why pretend? I think most of us are just hoping to get out of it without any more demises, our own and anyone else’s.

This is why people sing Auld Lang Syne, I guess, both at the end of the year and at funerals. It’s letting go of the old and the painful and welcoming the new and the promising. It’s best accompanied by enough beer or wine or whatever to be truly mawkish or comfortably numb.

So we’re almost out with the old, and by tomorrow we’ll be focused on the new. But today let me bid a brief adieu and give a couple of people in my own life their due. The year for me began with the death of my sister Sally, a lovely and kind-spirited person who had her share of challenges and met them well. (And told jokes a lot better in the worst of circumstances than I do in the best.) As close as I felt to her while she was alive, and especially during the last couple of crappy years for her, I have not found myself thinking about her as much as I expected I would. Our relationship felt complete when she died, so maybe that’s it. But honestly I don’t know. Maybe this is how we go forward. I will send her good wishes at midnight. It does make me cherish my other wonderful sibling, Rosie, all the more, and I will be sending her wishes for a good year at the same time.

Now the year is ending with word that my childhood pediatrician, W. Robert Elghammer, has passed away. I have a lot of good memories of him back in my youth in Danville, Illinois – one of which is that he invariably ended my visit with telling my how incredibly healthy I was. I think he was compensating a bit for my single mother who worried about scrapes, strains and scratches that would not trouble, say, a father of five boys. One time I set the record for sit-ups at Garfield Grade School, something like 240 at one go, and my mother sent to me to Dr. Elghammer, who seemed more impressed by my record than the fact that my stomach was a bit sore.

That is not the point, however, because in later years Dr. Elghammer became a Dan! doctor, to my great delight. Here was a common-sense decent intelligent experienced reliable credible provider of medical care to children over the course of many years of changes who realized the vaccine program – which in my day consisted of polio, smallpox, and the DPT shot, had gone completely insane. He was not the only doctor to see it, but one of an early, honest and brave minority to say it.

A few years back when I wrote about it for the first time, I said:

This is the coolest fact I’ve come across in quite some time, because here we are hanging out on a limb saying we think there is a problem with the current CDC vaccination schedule, that it’s connected with autism, that an alternative schedule is a no-brainer, and that we need to be treating autism like the environmentally induced illness it really is.

And now I find that W. Robert Elghammer, the level-headed, mainstream voice of reason back in my hometown, is on the same wavelength. I found this out from a faithful reader of our site who posts as Tanner’s Dad and lives in Catlin, Ill., where my grandfather grew up on a farm. [Tim Welsh, now an AOA Contributing Editor who also alerted me to Dr. Elghammer’s death.]

The story ran July 4 -- how perfect -- in the Danville Commercial-News, where I worked in high school, during summers in college and for four years thereafter. Here’s an excerpt from the article.

“Right now, Elghammer believes strongly that the routine vaccinations young children receive may be responsible for the increase in autism. … ‘Immunizations may be fine for 99 percent of the population. I wouldn’t change anything during the first year, just follow the same routine. But I suggest everyone delay their children’s boosters until they’re two years old. By that time, autism will have manifested itself.”

That is a little unclear as reported, but it certainly reflects a concern about too many shots, too soon and autism.  Back in the 1960s, he was the most reassuring and respected person you could imagine. I got the mumps, the measles, chickenpox and a fair number of nasty colds that in those days meant staying in bed and watching “I Love Lucy” reruns all day. But I got through them, and I didn’t get autism.

I looked up Dr. Elghammer on the Web just to make sure he hadn’t been in the slammer in the interim -- you know how the CDC-apologist fringe likes to start throwing stones at anyone who raises these kinds of issues. His record was clear; in fact, I found that just last year the State public health department recognized him “for his excellence in pediatric care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.” It was some obscure honor called THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, people! Here’s one part of the citation that stands out:

“In 1956, Dr. Elghammer spearheaded the Vermilion County polio drive as its director. Volunteering to inoculate all of the county’s children, Dr. Elghammer administered polio vaccine to thousands of children through visits to schools around the county. The drive charged 25 cents per vaccination, which Dr. Elghammer collected and donated 100 percent of the drive proceeds to the two nursing schools in Danville.

“In 1971, Dr. Elghammer established the Intensive Care Nursery at Danville’s Lake View Hospital. He also designed the equipment and developed the procedures for the nursery including florescent lighting for infants with high bilirubin, catheterization procedures and laminar flow and hyperalimentation procedures for infants who required intensive IV nutrients.”

Wow. A doctor committed to kids and to a vaccine that was really needed and really worked. Now, based on a lifetime of experience, that doctor is saying, Watch out, we’ve got a problem.

And he’s not just any doctor. He’s my pediatrician! I am so psyched.

One more thing: "Tanner's Dad," who put me on to this story, tells me his son's last full sentence after getting his shots and regressing into autism six years ago July 4 was the following: "My name is Tanner. My name is Tanner.

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Now, says Tanner's Dad, "After diet changes and supplements (Methyl B12 GFCF) he said his first words to me for Fathers day.'Hi Daddy'! It was beautiful yet sad."

It may be worth pointing out that Tanner's doctor these days is an old-school, well-respected, mainstream pediatrician: W. Robert Elghammer.

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A P.S. for 2017: If you say what you think and stick to your guns and you are right, like my pediatrician and many of you who read AOA every week, sometimes even the president of the United States will come around to agreeing with you.

Here’s to a happy and new year to all of us!

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.


Best Of: Six Bad Ideas That Triggered the Autism Epidemic

6Best of from December 2015

By Dan Olmsted

We probably all know the saying that Ideas Matter. Lately I’ve been mulling a handful of ideas – very bad ideas, I’d say – that have come together to trigger, expand, and perpetuate the autism epidemic and a host of allied disorders that constitute The Age of Autism.

Today I’m going to lay them out in brief, and in coming days I’ll say more about each one, and end with the counter-ideas that could really bring us a happy new year.

Please add your own!

Bad Idea Number One. Vaccines are the Eric Clapton of Medicine; they are God. Vaccines are the number one medical accomplishment of all time, and every day in every way they make our world safer and safer. Bow down!

Bad Idea Number Two. The evidence for Number One is clear. “Study after study” has shown that vaccines work wonderfully and that the so-called “risks” are effectively zero – a one-in-a-million chance of anything serious happening. (“One in a million” is pharma speak for zip, zilch, nada, roll up your sleeve.)

Bad Idea Number Three. Disagreeing with Numbers One and Two is Unacceptable Speech. Claims that vaccines are more dangerous than advertised are bogus and should be suppressed. You need to be a conspiracy theorist, a purveyor of junk science, a pathetically gullible parent looking for someone to blame for your damaged kid, or out-and-out anti-vaccine to harbor such ideas.  

Bad Idea Number Four. Conflicts Don’t Count. Drugmakers, doctors, legislators, bureaucrats, TV programs buoyed by pharma money are immune to the usual concerns that conflicts of interest -- profits, incentives, campaign contributions, ad dollars, liability worries -- require extra vigilance by the press and public. The drug companies may be caught red-handed in corrupt dealing, Congress bought off, the media lazy and desperate for drug dollars, but when it comes to vaccines (see Number One), they have only our health at heart!

Bad Idea Number Five. Because the first four are true, we must trust The Experts who are working hard every day to help us stay happy and healthy. They are god’s messengers on earth.

Trust. The. Experts.

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The Atlantic Magazine on Hiring Adults with Autism

EmploymentopportunitiesNOTE: Employment issues will loom larger than school issues as kids grow into adulthood and the autism epidemic "ages out."  Not all people with autism are as severely affected as many of our children, including my three daughters.  Many will have the IQ, education and skills to have gainful employment. But what will that look like?   How many will be employed and fully using their skills versus grossly underemployed, therefore under-earning.  Not everyone with autism will qualify for disability payments.  What's going to happen to our tax coffers if millions of men (and women) are earning well below what they should?  How will employers handle the behaviors and challenges of autism?  There will be horror stories and heroes alike. 

Is your child with autism employed? Are you an adult on the spectrum who is working? Tell us. This is an interesting article from the Atlantic Magazine.

Why Some Companies are Trying to Hire More on the Autism Spectrum

The majority of those with autism are unemployed, but new pilot programs at big companies, such as EY and Microsoft, are discovering unexpected benefits from having "neurodiverse" colleagues.

Interest in what’s called neurodiversity is growing at American companies. This year, the accounting firm EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young) has been piloting a program to employ people with autism in order to explore the benefits of having workers of different cognitive abilities, such as greater productivity and building a more talented workforce.

According to a recent study by Drexel University, 58 percent of young adults with autism are unemployed. And yet, many of them have skills that businesses are looking for. “This program leverages the skills that people with high functioning autism often have: looking at data, dealing with mathematical concepts, attention to detail, the ability to focus over long periods of time, and looking at large bodies of information and spotting anomalies,” explains Lori Golden, EY Abilities Strategy Leader who led the pilot program. Right now, EY’s program has four employees who work as accounting-support associates.

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Lost Arts Radio Presents James Grundvig, Lou Conte and Kevin Barry on VaxXed

Great interview by Richard Sacks with three men you likely know, all of whom are Skyhorse Publishing authors. From the Lost Arts Radio YouTube channel description of the program:

What do James Grundvig, investigative journalist and author of the CDC expose' "Master Manipulator", Kevin Barry, author of "Vaccine Whistleblower", former federal attorney and president of the personal freedom website http://www.firstfreedoms.org, and Lou Conte, author of the novel "The Autism War" and co-author of "Vaccine Injuries", have in common? Unfortunately the answer is autistic, vaccine damaged sons, though they also share other concerns in common about the future of our country and the world. Recently, as you are not supposed to know, the movie VAXXED (http://www.vaxxedthemovie.com) has broken through concerted efforts at censoring its message, and has been waking up millions of Americans and others to the fact that a formerly trusted government agency, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, lied over a period of at least ten years, to keep hidden the truth that vaccines cause autism. Even today, the coverup continues. And of course, the question that arises simultaneously is, what else is CDC hiding? And what about other government agencies we trusted to tell the truth? Clearly CDC works for the vaccine and drug companies, not for the American people.

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Imagine Losing Your Job Over a Flu Shot

Justice not blindAs part of the pharmocracy that has become America, flu vaccines - with a full 25 mcg of poisonous mercury - have become blackmail in keeping one's job in some professions.  Can you imagine that? In the United States of America, if you do not accept the risk of a flu shot, you could LOSE YOUR JOB. The flu shot is known to be a miserable failure year after year, crafted on the previous years' strain, no risk for pharma if it fails, or maims or kills.  You're a nurse You love your job. You could lose your job if you do not take a flu shot. Well, in Erie, Pennsylvania, score one for medical freedom. Nurses who were fired for not taking the shot are getting their jobs back. Let's hope the intense pharma control of the last several years is coming to a close.

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Saint Vincent Hospital has agreed to rehire six former employees it fired after they refused to get flu shots in late 2013 and early 2014 due to their religious beliefs.

The Erie hospital also will provide about $300,000 in back pay and compensatory damages to the employees as part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of the workers by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in September. A consent decree that ended the case and detailed the settlement terms was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Erie.

The commission had claimed Saint Vincent violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it fired the six workers, who refused to be vaccinated after the hospital implemented a mandatory flu vaccination policy for all employees. The hospital granted medical exemptions to 14 other workers.

"The consent decree filed this week between the EEOC and Saint Vincent Hospital does not constitute any admission of violations by Saint Vincent or a finding on the merits of the case," Dan Laurent, a spokesman for Allegheny Health Network, Saint Vincent's parent organization, said in an email. "Although we have vigorously and respectfully disagreed with the EEOC's position and characterization of how employee claims outlined in this lawsuit were handled by the hospital, we have reached a resolution of the matter in the interest of avoiding the expense, delay and burden of further litigation on all parties."

As part of the consent decree, Saint Vincent must pay the following employees back pay and compensatory damages:  READ MORE

http://www.goerie.com/news/20161221/erie-hospital-to-pay-rehire-ex-workers-who-refused-flu-shots


With Autism, Grace Abounds

Hope love peaceBy Cathy Jameson

With Ronan’s needs and with my husband’s busy work schedule keeping him busy, it isn’t easy for us to go out of town.  Since we need a break from life’s demands every now and then though, we do make sure to get away when we can.  We managed to do that over the summer.  That trip, which couldn’t have been more perfectly timed, was a godsend.  Having the chance to go back home, to catch up with friends, and to be back by the ocean where we all thrive, filled our souls with hope. 

Since I didn’t know when we’d have time to repeat that sort of respite we so desperately needed, I held onto the memories from that last trip.  Sure, there were moments of stress while we were far from home – regressive non-verbal and sometimes aggressive autism is still regressive non-verbal and sometimes aggressive autism no matter where we are, but we experienced more moments of peace than moments of frustration. 

That peace brought hope.  That hope brought a sense of calm.  That calmness, manifested both physically and mentally, gave me strength.  As strong as I may seem to some people, I need encouragement to keep my chin up and to keep going forward. 

Even though vacation can be stressful – the planning, the traveling, the new surroundings, the unpredictable behaviors – the positives that come from being able to walk away from the daily grind far outweigh the potential negatives.  Remembering just how many positives we all experienced the last time we took a vacation, when I realized that we might be able to get away for Christmas, I welcomed the chance to do just that. 

Not only did we get the chance to tiptoe out of town, we ended up at the beach again.  It wasn’t the same beach that we went to last summer, but we breathed in that same ocean air.  We felt that same ocean breeze.  We enjoyed that same sound that the crashing waves make that I love to hear.  That was all the same, but something was different.  We were surrounded by family at this beach, family who want nothing more than for us to be able to stop, to rest, and to just be. 

To just be. 

That isn’t always a possibility with life with regressive autism, but with more hands on deck to help us keep Ronan happy, safe and cared for, we could just be, and we did get the respite we so desperately needed.  I know that other families will not be so fortunate.  This weekend, parents were left to manage their child’s aggression on their own.  They were left to handle the self-injurious behaviors on their own.  They were left to find respite through an agency instead of with a relative.  It’s got to hurt when family doesn’t pitch in.  Some family members may not recognize just how intense raising a child with autism really is, but for those who do and who refuse to lend a hand add to an already heavy burden.

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A Visit from St. ThereIsNoAutismEpidemicandVaccinesareSafe

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For many of us, the holidays are bittersweet. We buy our adult children Sesame Street toys. We worry about how to manage the noise, lights and hubbbub of a large family meal. Is Auntie Bev going to serve GF food? So many hurdles - will any of the 8 nights of candles be peaceful? And so it goes.

Take a moment for yourself - especially you Moms. Go into a room and close the door. Sit. Breathe. Know that you are doing your best even when it feels like you rival Joan Crawford at her worst. Soldier on. You have support and love everywhere within our community and we will always bolster each other. You are us. We are you.

Love, KIM



Twas the night before Christmas, to our readers we say

Thank you kindly for logging on every day.

Your comments were written with keen thought and care

In hopes that we'd publish them and not put them "there."

Blaxill and Olmsted with science expose

The strange world of pharma and how it all goes.

And Kim in her office (so close to the stove)

Baked up post after post and some cookies with clove.

The stories keep coming - vaccines that did shatter

We ask every day, "Will our voices soon matter?"

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EcoWatch: Early Pregnancy Flu Shots: New Research Hints of Autism Link

Vax PregnantHere we are on Christmas Eve. Imagine of Mary had been given "modern" medicine. Would the tidings have been of great joy?

From EcoWatch, by Robert Kennedy Jr and Lyn Redwood

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A Nov. 19 study, of 45,231 women, published in JAMA Pediatrics, identified a heightened risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis in the children of mothers who received a flu shot during their first trimester of pregnancy. The study, Association Between Influenza Infection and Vaccination During Pregnancy and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder, was authored by Ousseny Zerbo and his colleagues affiliated with the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente.



While the researchers found no increased risk when the mother received flu shots in the second or third trimester, the data demonstrated a 20 percent higher risk of an autism spectrum disorder among children of mothers receiving the flu vaccine during the first trimester. That risk was statistically significant. (The P value, .01, indicates a 99 percent likelihood that the result isn't due to chance.)

However, after completing this analysis, the authors made a series of adjustments that have drawn criticism from other scientists. Most controversial was their questionable decision to apply a statistical device called the "Bonferroni Correction" to their data. Statisticians use the Bonferroni Correction in very specific circumstances—where they seek to reduce the chance for false positives in calculations involving multiple comparisons. The impact of the Bonferroni Correction is nearly always conservative; it dampens signals in data sets. In doing so it creates the risk of missing true associations. When applied to the first trimester flu vaccine dataset, the Bonferroni Correction reduced the significance of the association from 99 percent to 90 percent. Despite the fact that the adjusted result was still considered marginally statistically significant, the authors then made a second dodgy judgment, by declaring that, "this association could be due to chance."

These sweeping decisions allowed the authors to arrive at the questionable conclusion that, "There was a suggestion of increased ASD risk among children whose mothers received influenza vaccinations early in pregnancy (first trimester), although the association was insignificant after statistical correction for multiple comparisons." The researchers summed up with an acknowledgement of the uncertainty of their conclusion: "We believe that additional studies are warranted to further evaluate any potential associations between first-trimester maternal influenza vaccination and autism."

National media outlets universally missed that nuance. Journalists widely reported the study as a decisive exoneration of flu shots. NPR declared: Flu Shots Don't Increase Autism Risk In Pregnancy. Fox News‎ celebrated: Flu—or flu vaccine—in pregnancy not tied to autism in kids. The Scientist‎ headlined: Autism Not Linked to Flu or Flu Shot During Pregnancy, while the New York Daily News assured: No link between flu or flu vaccine in pregnancy and autism: study.

As the mainstream media celebrated, public health advocates and scholars cried "foul." Dr. James Lyons-Weiler, PhD, the CEO and director of the Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge, and data manager of more than 100 biomedical research studies, told me that the author's "incorrect" and "unorthodox" application of the Bonferroni Correction in this circumstance risked the appearance that they were using improper methodologies to, "make an unwanted but statistically significant finding vanish in a sea of statistical wizardry."

Read more at EcoWatch here.


Fake News is Old News When It Comes to Autism

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By Anne Dachel

Lately I’ve heard about “fake news,” especially regarding Trump’s election.  I do think that in general, “fake news” is applicable to how autism is covered by the press.

Not only is there "fake autism news," there's the "fake autism science" that it promotes.

Definitions:

“Fake news is malicious, false information that somehow becomes credible. Most often through the promotion of a major political or media figure.”

“Then there’s fake news, the phenomenon that is now sweeping, well, the news. Fake news is made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word.

The story from KARE11 makes my point. This report is out to convince us that autism is genetic, kids are born with it, and it’s a puzzle that will take years to figure out.

KARE 11 Minneapolis: HEY AUTISM…it’s genetic, now spit in the bottle! We have to be convinced that autism is a natural condition, it's nothing new or anything to worry about. We don't see stories on adults with autism or on regressive autism. "Made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated."

Dec 21, 2016, KARE11, Minneapolis: UMN needs participants for landmark autism study

VIDEO:

Smiling autism dad: “We’re going through your baby book. Okay, here’s your milestones. At this age you should be doing this, at this age you should be doing this—Elliot was delayed on language quite a bit at first.”

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Before Measles Meant Panic: Hedda Get Better Doll from 1962

Wayback machine

Here's a Best of.....

By Kim Stagliano

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

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Hedda slept through the night like a dream.

Baby smiling 

Hedda smiled at her Mommy

Baby in between 

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

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

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Scottish Mental Health Services In Collapse Because Of Rise In Autism And ADHD

Scottish collapseBy John Stone

Scotland’s mental health services for young people are beyond breaking point from the flood of autistic and ADHD children. The Scottish daily newspaper, The Herald, reports that nearly 7,000 young people were denied help from mental health services in 2015. Correspondent, Helen McArdle, writes:

Neil Findlay, convener of the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee called for an investigation after 6,931 referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) were rejected in 2015.

Evidence to the committee suggested that a surge in diagnoses for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was putting pressure on services…

This is a figure of extraordinary magnitude in a country with a population of just 5.3 million at the census in 2011 – the number of children in Scottish schools in 2015 was just 680,000. In a single  year above 1 in 100 children out of the entire school population had had an unsuccessful referrral to mental health services.  This would be equivalent to more than 400 thousand children mapped on to the US population. Those are only the ones who did not get treated.

McArdle’s article does not report just how much autism has risen in Scotland in the last two decades. In 1998, the first year in which the Scottish Executive published on the numbers of  autism cases in Scottish schools there were just 820 pupils (1 in 925) with a diagnosis and this had risen to 11,722 in 2015. By September 2016 the figure had risen yet again to 13,423  (1 in 51), a factor of more than 18 in just 18 years. The figures, however, will be incomplete because there are often delays in diagnosis, and indeed many children will presumably still be awaiting a diagnosis out of  the 6,931 who had been turned away by the service in 2015. Also, given that this is a rolling 15 year cohort the rate will likely be much higher than 1 in 51 among younger children as the overall rate was a mere 1 in 129 in 2009.

The reality is that since Andrew Wakefield reported on the possibility that autism could in some cases

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Honorary member of the "hidden horde""

be caused by the MMR vaccine in 1998, and the scandal over other infant vaccines containing a mercury excipient (Thimerosal), which blew up in the USA the following year, government agencies across the world have been in denial about the rise in autism, fudging figures and inventing hidden hoards of adults. But it is no use citing missing adults when our children cannot now be diagnosed fast enough, and demands on the system are unprecedented. This report shows that the system in one small country - part of the United Kingdom - is now in complete and utter breakdown, and the masquerade cannot go on much longer.

Citizens in Scotland and across the globe have been betrayed by industry captured agencies, pusillanimous politicians together with the bought out, intimidated mainstream media. It is already too late but the nettle must be grasped.

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Post Script: Baron-Cohen's Cambridgeshire survey published in 2009 provided a figure that for every three cases identified there were likely two which had not. If anything it looks now as if the speed of diagnosis has slowed down but if we followed that figure for 2016 the Scottish schools figure that would be 1 in 30.5. Also, if there are 4 boys to 1 girl  that would yield a rate of  about 1 in 31.5. That combined would yield a figure of 1 in 19 for boys. But, of course, the rate would be still higher among younger children.

John Stone is UK Editor for Age of Autism.


Ho Ho Help. Autism and Sensitive Santa

Santas listBy Anne Dachel

I often think back to when, at age six, my son John (now 30) was first diagnosed with AUTISM.

John had definite issues involving speech and social interaction. Back in 1992, there was no one locally here in Chippewa Falls, WI to diagnose his condition. The school district actually got a psychologist from Minneapolis (90 miles away) to figure out what was wrong with him.

I will never forget when my husband and I were told John had autism. The psychologist who diagnosed him said that she had no idea how John’s life would turn out because AUTISM WAS SO RARE.

I still remember her saying, “I don’t know if he’ll ever hold down a job or live independently.” (That was a pretty harsh prediction for a six year old with, we were told, a condition that only  affected one or two other children in our town. We were told that only one in 5,000 or 10,000 children had autism.)

Times changed.

Of course I tried to find out as much as I could about autism.  The movie Rain Man was the recommended source back then.  Throughout the 1990s I kept hearing more and more about autism. It seemed they were finding a lot more kids with autism than they previously thought were out there.

I continued to think that we’d get answers. Why was my son like this? Why didn’t he have speech as a toddler? Why couldn’t he interact with his peers?

If more and more kids really have autism, certainly expects would be able to tell us.

That didn’t happen.

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A Sister’s Sacrifice

Suyser sisterBy Dara Berger

I stood there looking up at the cheerful holiday decorations trying hard to fight back the tears that were about to come streaming down my face.  For a minute I actually thought I was going to lose the battle.  When you have a child with autism you can get pretty used to dealing with some of the most uncomfortable and unpleasant situations but this one was even beyond what one should have to handle.  I understood the severity of the situation the moment I picked up the phone and heard the directors voice on the other line.  There were no pleasantries exchanged.  It was right to the awful point that my son had bitten someone again and I needed to come pick him up right away.  I told her I would be there in 5-10 minutes and she was appreciative of my immediate action.  So many thoughts raced through my mind as I whisked myself out of the house and feverishly trudged the three block walk to my son's school.  One thought I had was “were they going to kick him out today?” I couldn’t tell.  It felt like everything was going in slow motion, but somehow I finally arrived up at his school.

The director came out and explained in detail that he had bitten a therapist in the face but luckily it did not break the skin this time.  Then he proceeded to kick his teacher and hit someone else who tried to intervene.  It was impossible to figure out what might have triggered his horrible behavior nor did anyone seem to care to.  Next they explained how they wanted him to stay home the next day, since there was a field trip that would produce a lot of change that he might not be able to handle.  I just nodded with agreement and walked over to look at the cheerful holiday decorations on the bulletin board.  All I could do is scream in my head how unfair this all is and why does someone need to suffer like this.  It was just all too much in that moment and for minute I thought I was going to fall apart right then and there.  And somehow by the grace of god I didn’t.  Instead I took what felt like a hundred deep breaths, closed my eyes and bit my lip hoping the feeling would just pass.  And it did just like that. I was able to wait for them to bring my prisoner son to me which felt like an eternity.  I took him home and thought “how can we keep doing this?”  "Why can’t he just go to f*&$ing school like his sister?”  “Why does each day have to be this hard?”  I am a really strong person and this I thought “is too much for me.”

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VaxXed Stories: Lily in Florida "Who Will Take Care of Them When We're Gone"

Sadness walk in treesBy Anne Dachel

Lily's mother is about the ages of my young adult daughters. My heart goes out to her.

We are all left with the questions:

How can these things be happening? How can doctors witness these horrific vaccine reactions and dismiss them as coincidence? How can so many disabled children be acceptable to medical officials? How can children can be destroyed like this? How can they and we just move on? ...

I can't imagine how Polly can hear about innocent victims, now almost 3,000 names on the Vaxxed bus, over and over and over, everywhere in the country, and not lose her mind.

Every federal and state legislator should have to watch Vaxxed story videos.

This what an out-of-control, indemnified vaccine program has done to our country...to our children.

No one is answerable for any of damage, and so it continues.

VaxXed Stories: Lily in Florida - YouTube

 Lily's mother asks, "Who's going to take care of her one day when we're gone? It's so stressful to think about."

Polly Tommey: "...This is an example of vaccines destroy lives, not just Lily's life and her mother's life and everyone around. Lily should have a future like every other child deserves. Instead, this is what a vaccine has done. ..."

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


How To End The Autism Epidemic: Expert Interviews by JB Handley

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We invite you to download and listen to this on-going series of podcasts by JB Handley, co-founder of Generation Rescue and vaccine safety, autism prevention advocate.  You can also follow the How To End The Autism Epidemic Facebook page for daily updates and, well, many of you know JB... much more.

Currently there are interviews with Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Katie Wright, Mary Holland, JD,  David Kirby and a special podcast with Jenny McCarthy and Kent Heckenlively.

Listen. Learn. Share. And be on the lookout for much more.

JB Handley Interviews Autism Experts on SoundCloud


The 12 Days of VaXmas...

Sad christmasEnjoy this Best Of which we are now titling, "The 12 Days of VaxMas" - in the spirit of the season.  After all the vaccine injury denialists will always want to keep the Vax in VaXmas....

By Christina England

On the first day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Children Dying Needlessly

On the second day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Two compulsory jabs

And children dying needlessly

On the third day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Three HPV’s,

Two compulsory jabs

And children dying needlessly

On the fourth day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Four DPT’s,

Three HPV’s,

Two compulsory jabs

And children dying needlessly

On the fifth day of Christmas big pharma gave to me

Five MMR’s.

Four DPT’s,

Three HPV’s,

Two compulsory jabs,

And children dying needlessly

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Autism’s What If

Jamesons
By  Cathy Jameson

Each night before the kids’ bedtime, we gather in Ronan’s room to say family prayers.  We go around individually with our own prayer requests.  The kids have had the same general prayer request for years:  for Ronan to be able to communicate.  Over time, that simple request has evolved.  They now have more specific intentions:  for Ronan to get his words back, for him to use his words, for him to be able to verbally communicate, and for him to have a meaningful verbal conversation with us.  Since Ronan had speech at one point in his life, we remain hopeful that it will one day return. 

Bedtime should be quiet time but it actually turns into the best time for the kids to communicate with their non-verbal brother.  Before the whole family has pig-piled into Ronan’s room to start prayers, he gets some one-on-one time with a sibling.  Sometimes it’s Fiona who joins him.  Other times it’s Willem.  Lots of times it’s his silly little sisters.  No matter who has a few quiet minutes before we gather at the end the day, I always hear one of the sibs ask Ronan to say something. 

Hey, Rone.  Can you say shapes?  Try it.  S-h-a-p-e-s…

I’ll sing the song but you say the word that’s missing. Ready?  I’m bringing home a baby bumble---

I found one of your favorite pages!  Say it with me, “And our fish said ‘No, no’…make that Cat go away...tell that Cat in the Hat you do not want to play…”

When he hears his favorite words being said, sung and signed by the siblings, Ronan’s eyes light up.  His interactions improve.  His verbal output attempts increase.  Squeals are squealed, and hope is restored. 

Using words or phrases from his favorite books, movies, or songs, instead of winding down for the day, everyone gets a little jacked up.  Despite how exhausted I am and how much I’d like their day to end so I can catch up on whatever I need to do, I never stop their activity.  Ronan feeds on the kids’ positive energy and communicates more in the ten minutes prior to bedtime than he’s done all day. 

When they finally do slow down for the day, the other kids gush all over that brother of theirs.  That isn’t the only time they show him any attention or affection, but it’s the time of the day that they give him all of their attention all at once.  My typical kids are active.  They love to play, run around, play, swing, play, do arts and crafts, and play.  It’s rare to see them quietly sitting still.  Ronan, on the other hand, is a couch potato.  He’d rather play Wii.  He’d rather watch YouTube videos.  He’d rather play a game on his iPad.  Trying to interact with him while he’s engaged in his preferred activities doesn’t work out so well.  We do curb screen time to make sure Ronan gets regular play time opportunities, but his underdeveloped social skills prevent him from wanting to join in on the playtime my other kids crave.  I know it’s hard for the siblings when Ronan ignores their requests to join them, but they don’t stop asking him to play.  The other night at the end of prayer time, though, I could tell that one of the siblings was getting a little frustrated.  The frustration was not toward Ronan but with why it’s sometimes hard for him to do things that she, the younger sister, can do so easily. 

Waiting until the other kids had skipped off to bed, Izzy crawled under the covers with Ronan.  I’m going to snuggle here with you, Ronan,” she said as she cozied up next to her brother.  Laying quietly next to Ronan under his favorite blankie, I could tell that she had something on her mind. 

“Mommy?” Izzy started. 

“Yes, sweetie?” I replied.

“Mommy, what if Ronan hadn’t ever gotten the flu shot?” Izzy asked.

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