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Scotland and the cost of autism

May 22

Politicians just don’t want to go there. 
Health officials aren’t worried.  Horrific numbers don’t bother the folks in public health and elected officials are happy to do the same. 
What will it take for those in government to demand answers?  How much “better diagnosing” can we stand?
How many more Aprils will we celebrate a health care disaster?
John, this is great.  It’s the cost of the epidemic that will expose every lie.  How can people look at these numbers and not ask what is going on?

The Message From Scotland: Autism Up In Schools 13.6 Times In 16 Years And Accelerating – AGE OF AUTISM

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Nicola Sturgeon

By John Stone

Autism in Scottish schools rose from 820 cases in 1998 to 9,946 in 2013. We have to consider what it means in a civilised nation when you have to look after an autism rate of 1 in 30. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, needs to stop being re-assured by the UK Department of Health in Westminster that they know what they are doing and everything is completely control. They don’t and it isn’t.

While the UK Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne contemplate how to trim billions from government spending they might like to bear in mind the projected cost to the British economy of autism, calculated a London School of Economics academic at an £34 billion ($54b) in 2013 and modestly downsized to £32b ($51b): this was up about 20 times from the greater than £1b figure calculated in 2001. But if as we shall see the basis of Prof Knapp’s calculations maybe erroneous we are hurtling to a situation where the costs will be even worse.  The problem is dramatically highlighted by the numbers of Autism Spectrum Disorder cases recorded in Scottish schools from 1998 to 2013 (it is worth concentrating on Scotland because the figures go back further and are more comprehensive than for England): in Scotland the figures rose from 820 cases in 1998 to 9,946 in 2013: allowing for the change in overall numbers this was 1 in 925 in 1998 and 1 in 68 in 2013. However, this in itself disguises the fact that the 2013 figure combines a lower rate in older students with a much higher rate in younger students: the present rate for children entering the system in the last five years will much higher than 1 in 68, and is perhaps conservatively in the region of 1 in 30 (data supplied by the Scottish Executive).

 

COMMENT:

Thank you, John, for this critical post. 

Just like all elected officials, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, has been told by health officials that an ever-increasing rate in a neuro-developmental disorder that overwhelmingly affects children is nothing to worry about.   This is true in Britain, the U.S. and everywhere else in the world.  They all just pretend that everything that can be done about autism is being done.  Inconclusive studies linking autism to a vast array of things are regularly announced.  Every periodic jump in the rate comes with the assurance that officials aren’t sure if THIS INCREASE means MORE KIDS ACTUALLY HAVE AUTISM. 

No matter how bad the numbers, autism has never been a crisis to anyone in charge. 

Doctors (with their “better diagnosing”) are routinely given credit for the fact that everyone knows someone with an affected child. 

All the people who have knowingly covered up the truth have to be nervous.  This damaged generation as dependent adults will come with a price tag no country can afford.  The best evidence that autism is an epidemic of recent origin is the universal lack of services for adults.  Something has dramatically impacted the health of our children and the response of health officials and mainstream doctors has been to deny anything is wrong. 

The clock is ticking louder and louder.  The inevitable impact autism will have on the taxpayers can’t be hidden away.  And when the cost of the autism epidemic becomes a worldwide economic disaster, the public will demand to know why no one did anything to stop it.  How could those in charge of our children’s health have closed their eyes to the suffering of so many? 

Sturgeon and everyone else promoting the lies about autism will have a lot to answer for.

Anne Dachel, Media

 

 

 

 

**TIMES OF ISRAEL: State to ‘anti-vaxxers': No vaccination, no child support

May 22

 

State to ‘anti-vaxxers’: No vaccination, no child support
When United Torah Judaism inked its coalition agreement with Likud on April 29, party members triumphantly hailed the reversal of a slew of legislative measures implemented by arch-nemesis Yair Lapid, including an increase in monthly child allowances – but it came with one caveat.
Under the terms of the coalition deal, which appointed party member Yaakov Litzman deputy health minister, “the National Insurance law will be amended, such that child allowances will not be given in cases where a parent refuses to vaccinate their child.”
That condition – which did not specify which vaccines would be included – revives a six-year-old debate on the legality of linking welfare benefits to vaccinations.
It also comes on the heels of a quiet climb in the number of parents opting out of some or all vaccinations, primarily from within some segments of the ultra-Orthodox community as well as Bedouin families in southern Israel with limited access to medical treatment (another group is found among upper-to-middle class Israelis, based on ideological grounds).The Haredim and Bedouin, among those most resistant to inoculations, are also among Israel’s most impoverished and have the largest families, so they are ultimately the most dependent on the monthly allowances. Hinging benefits on vaccinations, then, puts them in a tight spot.While the legal measure would not be unprecedented globally (Australia has conditioned benefits on vaccines beginning in 2016), some Israeli rights groups are fuming at the decision, accusing the government of discriminating against its weakest populations amid deepening poverty rates, and penalizing children for their parents’ decisions. They argue as well that the legislation simply won’t change the minds of those staunchly against vaccinations, known as “anti-vaxxers.”

Barbara Loe Fisher and the truth about Disneyland and vaccines

May 21

While the media is focused on threats and “stalking” from pro-exemption parents, in this Jan 29 video, Barbara Loe Fisher points out what the mainstream media hasn’t reported about the measles outbreak and vaccine immunity.
Measles in Disneyland: Third MMR Shot & Vaccine Exemption Ban

Barbara Loe Fisher head of the National Vaccine Information Center discusses the measles outbreak that has been linked to exposure at Disneyland and the move to end vaccine exemptions.
Barbara pointed out that “there was and still is limited information about the 51 lab confirmed cases of measles public health officials say are linked to the happiest place on Earth.”
 
She added that according to a press release on Jan 23, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘ no source case for the outbreak has been identified.’
 
Barbara questioned why, as soon as the outbreak was announced, the press linked it to parents not vaccinating.   Hate speech directed at parents immediately ensued. 
She gave us eye-opening facts about measles, which she described as “inconvenient truths about vaccine failures and the dissolving myths about acquired herd immunity.” “There were 644 cases of measles in 2014, even though 95 percent of children entering kindergarten have gotten 2 doses of MMR vaccine, which is also true for 92 percent of schoolchildren ages 13 to 17 years.
 
“Plus, less than one percent of children under age three are completely unvaccinated.  And 92 percent of them have gotten one or more MMR shots.  In some states, the MMR vaccination rate is approaching 100 percent.”
 
Barbara pointed out that herd immunity requires that 90 percent of children are vaccinated.  “That’s been true in America since 1981 with one dose of MMR vaccine and since 1000 for two doses of MMR vaccine.”
 
This is why the CDC declared measles eradicated in 2000.  No one has been able to successfully eradicate measles anywhere.  Barbara added, “And emerging scientific evidence suggests it never will be, no matter how many doses of MMR vaccine are mandated for every man, woman and child in the world.”
 
The elephant in the room is the question Barbara asked next, “Why is a big deal being made about 51 cases of measles reported in the U.S.?
Maybe, it’s a diversion.  Maybe health officials are hyping the measles cases in order to, as Barbara said, “not focus on the fact that millions of Americans have gotten flu shots that don’t work.  And health care workers are being fired if they don’t get flu shots that don’t work.”
She continued, “Scientists have confirmed that the more often you get an annual flu shot, the less effective it is.”  She asked about the danger of exposure from children who received a live virus flu vaccine. 
 
Next Barbara talked about the failure rate of the whooping cough vaccine.  The science is now being recognized, that shows “you can be fully vaccinated for pertussis, and show atypical, or no symptoms, and spread whooping cough to vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.”  In fact, according to experts, there are millions of cases undiagnosed whooping cough each year in the U.S.  (This despite having 95 percent of kids vaccinated against the disease.)
 
Barbara said that there is no science that shows outbreaks of flu, whooping cough or measles is because unvaccinated people are spreading the diseases.
 
Furthermore, “[Public health doctors] just discovered that one measles vaccinated adult in 10 is now susceptible to measles because vaccine immunity wears off.  They call it, waning immunity.”
 
And incredibly experts prescribe additional measles vaccines for adults as the solution to waning immunity.
 
“That’s right.  Let’s just mandate more MMR shots for millions of Americans and make Merck’s stockholders really happy.”
 
“Public health doctors do not know how many vaccinated people can be infected with measles, show few or no symptoms, and transmit measles to other people.  Government health officials do not conduct routine active surveillance of vaccinated people to find out find out if they’re experiencing asymptomatic or atypical measles and transmitting it to others.”
Also, the live virus vaccine may cause people who receive it to shed the virus.  Again, there is no surveillance of people who receive this vaccine.
Barbara summed up: “The hype about 51 cases of measles reportedly linked to Disneyland has more to do with covering up vaccine failures and propping up the dissolving myth of vaccine acquired herd immunity than it does about protecting the public health.”
 

Fox 40 Sacramento: Supporters of Vaccine Bill Receive Stalking Threats

May 21

Threats of violence against those pushing for forced vaccination?
Maybe someone should consider how legislators are threatening the health and welfare of California’s children.  Maybe it’s really parents who are being threatened.
Actually this should cause people to ask why so many challenge the claim, “Vaccines are safe, vaccines save lives.”

Senate Bill 277 has been controversial since the bill was first introduced in the California Legislature, but the controversy has reached a whole new level, according to police reports obtained by FOX40 on Wednesday.

The reports, filed by the staff at the California Medical Association and SB 277 lobbyist Jodi Hicks, allege that opponents of the bills have threatened and stalked them on social media.

The reports cite tweets like; “If they try to vaccin[ate] me they’ll get a bullet through their head. Every single one that tries.”

SB 277 passed in the Senate last week and would require most schoolchildren to be vaccinated in California.

Another opponent of the bill tweeted photos of Hicks detailing her location, and what she was wearing, using the hashtag #DevilWithTheBlueDress.

Hicks responded to another person, “You did just tweet to a million people a link to an article attacking my 5 year old daughter and naming her. Not cool.”

One of the police reports alleges that the stalking began because of a video posted by the president of the California Chiropractic Association, Brian Stenzler, in which he allegedly instructs people to follow the lobbyists “all day long, to a T.”

**U.S. of Autism: More parents start autism school (WBIR TV Knoxville TN)

May 21

I just wrote this story about parents in NC starting their own autism school.
Our schools can’t provide the education these kids need.  What does that tell us?
I think I’ll start a special category called “United States of Autism” for all these stories about accommodating autism.
WBIR: Knoxville may soon have preschool for kids with autism
One West Knoxville couple is on a mission to create a school for children with autism.Their desire to do so comes from their oldest son, who has autism, and also what they say is a shortage of services in East Tennessee.Logan Hemsley is a lot like any other 5-year-old. He’s active, curious and gets along with his younger brother Hatcher – most of the time.Logan also has autism and was nonverbal until one night just five months ago.“I went to put him down,” Logan’s dad Brent Hemsley recalled, “and I just said, ‘I love you,’ like I typically do before going to bed, and he just said, ‘I love you’ back, clear as day, and it just – BAM! – you just talk about an eye-opening moment for us! It was so exciting, and then, since that point, he’s shot off like a rocket.”

Hemsley and his wife Jaime say they owe their son’s progress to therapy, which has been hard to find.

“There are services and there are people here to help, but there are backlogs and waiting lists for everything

Dr. Andrew Wakefield on the truth about the medical community, the pharmaceutical industry and federal oversight

May 20

  April 29, 2015

Listen to Dr. Wakefield describe how the medical community has turned its back on the massive suffering of a generation of children.

From the video: Andrew Wakefield: “Mainstream media has sold out.  It sold out. 

“I sat once with Sharyl Attkisson, one of this country’s greatest journalists, working for CBS.  And she said to me, ‘Andy, when we finish this interview, . . . I will get a call from the top floor, from the money men, and they will say, that interview does not go out, because I’ve had a call from our pharmaceutical industry sponsors, and if it goes out, then they are going to pull their sponsorship.’ And that is why she left.” 

Dr. Wakefield talked about “the tsunami,” the approaching catastrophe” the impact of the massive, manmade, worldwide epidemic of neurologically disabled children.

Health officials have chosen to protect themselves and the industry.  Doctors refuse to address the symptoms these children exhibit or even recognize anything is wrong. 

Recently, Dr. Andrew Wakefield spoke at a Moms In Charge event to introduce a new documentary about CDC and vaccine whistleblowers and the consequences of repeated disregard. No one knows how better to handle blowing the whistle than Wakefield himself. . . .

Sharyl Attkisson announces new show on the media…

May 20

SHARYL ATTKISSON
NEWS ABOUT THE NEWS INDUSTRY! 
Posted comment: 
I want to see Robert Kennedy, Jr on there talking about the media’s response to his book, Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak–AND the horribly biased coverage on the exemption removal bills he opposed.

SHARYL ATTKISSON: I’m pleased to host and report for Sinclair Broadcasting’s new, national Sunday morning program beginning this Fall. Focus will be on accountability and investigative reporting.

My Fox 8 High Point NC: Explosion in spec ed forces parents to start autism school

May 20

Of course the elephant in the room is the question: WHAT’S CAUSING THE EXPLOSION IN AUTISM?
Reporters are sure to avoid addressing that.
Fine.
Just let’s just let the numbers get worse and worse.  Parents starting schools for ASD children is just the beginning.  When they age out of school, these same parents are going to have to come up with jobs for their children. 
Actually this piece is a pretty damning testimonial on the quality of spec. education in High Point schools.  Everyone seems to agree on that.

We readily admit that we have more and more kids with autism flooding our schools.  Nursing home are not dealing with an explosion in ASD elderly residents.  Something is very wrong here, but we just refuse to discuss the obvious. 
Guilford parents fight for school dedicated to teaching children who have autism
The number of special needs kids has exploded over the last few decades.  Autism diagnoses, alone, have gone from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 68.That has put a strain on school staffs and budgets, leaving many families feeling their children aren’t getting what they need.So a group of families in Guilford County decided to do it, themselves – create a school, from scratch, dedicated to teaching children who have autism.  And, in this edition of the Buckley Report, see why they think Lionhart Academy will change their children’s lives.There will be an informational meeting about Lionhart Academy on Friday at 7 p.m. at Hunter Hills Evangelical Friends Church, 1201 Merritt Drive in Greensboro.Fox 8 anchor: “With the explosion of special needs children in our schools. . .that’s not only put a strain on school staff and budgets, but it’s been difficult to give every student everything he or she needs”.Video shows a group of autistic young people out in a restaurant: “These are a few of the now more than a million children, according to the CDC, who have some form of autism.  That wasn’t a huge issue when they were young—“A father is shown saying, “The public school system does an adequate job at the elementary level, the wheels start to fall off as you hit middle school, and certainly by high school.”

Reporter: “The schools have done what they can in the past, but with these autistic and other special needs students all together—“

Voiceover: “They can’t teach to all these different levels. They have the entire spectrum in that class–low functioning to high functioning. . . .”

Reporter: “Because of the explosion of autism diagnoses, these parents feel that the public schools have become overwhelmed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NJ.com: Autism-friendly Catholic Masses in NJ Diocese

May 20

New Jersey has the highest autism rate in the U.S., one in every 42 CHILDREN (one in every 28 BOYS), so we’d expect that certain adjustments and accommodations will have to be made.  I want autistic children to be included in every activity, but we need to look at something else here.
 
Why is this happening?  What does this tell us about the developmental health of our children?  We have autism-friendly movies, plays, visit to Santas, library story times and restaurants.  We’re training doctors, airline staff, teachers, first responders, school bus drivers, and librarians to deal with autistic children.  We have classrooms and even whole schools filled with autistic children.  STILL, NO ONE CALLS THIS A PROBLEM.  If reporters explain this at all, they only do it in passing, suggesting that all the autism is because of a broader definition/better diagnosing and maybe some unknown environmental factor/factors. 
We have no choice.  Autism is everywhere.  It can’t be ignored.  The most telling comment in this story is this:

But for a child with autism or an adult with Tourette’s, church rituals and the sounds and fragrances associated with them can be a minefield of terrifying triggers that spark their fears, causing them to cry or act out, disturbing others.
It mentions “a child with autism” benefiting from this Mass.  The article says nothing about adults with the disorder.  It’s all about kids.  The priest acknowledges that he has 2 nephews with the disorder.  Churches all over the diocese, we’re told, have these Masses. 
We are well on our way to becoming the United States of Autism.  The real problems aren’t even here yet: Accommodating all the adults in the coming years and how we will cover the cost of it all.
One thing is for sure.  At the rate we’re going, our children will never remember a world without autism as an accepted condition affecting an overwhelming number of people. 

N.J. church to begin sensory adapted Mass on May 23
A Catholic Mass is a sacred ritual that combines the opulence of a space decorated with stained glass windows, soaring ceilings, lit candles and priests in handmade vestments with reverence for belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Hymns, organ music, incense and chiming bells can be part of the ceremony, even on the most solemn of holydays.
But for a child with autism or an adult with Tourette’s, church rituals and the sounds and fragrances associated with them can be a minefield of terrifying triggers that spark their fears, causing them to cry or act out, disturbing others.
At St. Gregory the Great parish on Nottingham Way in Hamilton Square, a sensitivity to the needs of such children and adults as well as for the parents who care for them will be addressed in a new type of sensory adapted Mass to be celebrated every Friday at 6:30 p.m., beginning May 23. It will be free of incense and include dimmed lighting and soft music. Smaller Communion wafers (hosts) and a gluten-free variety will be offered.

According to the Trenton Diocese, St. Gregory will become one of “more than a dozen” churches in the Diocese to offer such masses, among them St. Paul in Princeton and Divine Mercy in Trenton.

“It was a learning process for me as well, learning all the different kinds of disabilities,” says the Rev. McClane. “I have two nephews myself who are affected. We want to make everyone as comfortable as possible whether they are elderly or come in wheelchairs. If parents don’t feel comfortable bringing their children with disabilities to Mass, they won’t be able to come themselves.”

NJ Spotlight: Dorit Reiss: ‘Parents don’t have the right to endanger either their child or the community’

May 20

 
Photo: Google images

Of course we’re supposed to accept that vaccines are perfectly safe for almost every child.  (And even if they’re not, parents must vaccinate for the public good.)
Here it seems, the state of New Jersey has the right to tell us what our religious beliefs are.  How is that possible?
May 20, 2015, Proposed Legislation Could Reduce Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations

Despite a scientific consensus in favor of the mandatory vaccination of children, the procedure continues to spark heated arguments. And recently proposed legislation may not cool things off: It makes it more difficult for families to claim religious exemptions to keep their kids from getting required inoculations.

Some critics argue that the bill (S-1147/A-1931) is unconstitutional, but a group of legal experts say it’s likely to withstand a court challenge.

The measure attempts to eliminate ambiguities and cinch loopholes in the current regulations, spelling out in detail who does or doesn’t qualify for an exemption.

For starters, a parent or guardian is required to submit a sworn statement that vaccines violate his or her “bona fide religious tenets or practices.”

Further, they must confirm that their beliefs are not based solely on their political, sociological, philosophical, or moral views, or concerns related to the safety or efficacy of vaccines. . . .

Legislators introduced the bill in response to the continuing rise in religious exemptions, which began last decade, after state officials loosened regulations. It gained momentum after a measles outbreak in California spread among children who were exempt from vaccination. Bill opponent Valerie Borek, an attorney who practices in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, said the bill would entangle the government in people’s religious beliefs in a way that’s not permitted by the U.S. Constitution. For example, it would require public officials to make judgments about the nature and consistency of religious beliefs, “violating constitutional rights,” she said.

Other constitutional experts disagree.

Dorit R. Reiss, a professor at the University of California Hastings School of Law in San Francisco, said the language of the New Jersey statute is similar to a New York law that was recently upheld in federal appeals court in Phillips v. City of New York.

“Parents don’t have the right to endanger either the child or the community,” Reiss said, referring a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that date to 1905.

Reiss added that courts have rejected state laws that examine the beliefs of religions or treat religions differently. Therefore, if the proposed bill is enacted, the state must ensure that officials don’t ask questions about religions, but the language of the bill doesn’t call for that, she noted.

. . . Professor Frank Askin, director of the constitutional law clinic at Rutgers School of Law-Newark, said the Legislature would be on safer constitutional ground if it completely banned religious exemptions.

“It gets tricky when they try to make people explain their religious exemption and some school official has to make a determination about whether there’s a sincerely held religious belief,” Askin said.

 

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