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***UK questions flu vaccine

Oct 30

In the autumn/winter of 2014/15 the annual nasal spray flu vaccine will be available for children aged two, three and four years old as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.
The vaccine will be offered routinely to all children aged two, three and four on September 1 2014. That is, children with a date of birth on or after September 2 2009 and on or before September 1 2012. In some parts of the country all primary school-aged children and secondary school-aged children in years seven and eight will also be offered the vaccine as part of a pilot programme. Over time, as the programme rolls out, potentially all children between the ages of two and 16 will be offered vaccination against flu each year with the nasal spray.
AND NATURALLY, SO IS THE BBC… BBC News: Nasal spray flu vaccine for all children rolled out in Wales

A nasal spray flu vaccine will be be offered to all children from the age of two to stop the disease spreading.

there are challenges….

Oct 30, 2014 The Scotsman:
The Scottish Government says vaccinating children is a “cost-effective” way of cutting flu cases in adults, but campaigners said the proposed flu vaccine, Fluenz, a weakened form of the live virus which is administered using a nasal spray, is in fact “a very effective way to spread flu“. They highlighted warnings from the makers that there is a chance the virus in the vaccine could cause infection if it was transmitted to someone who has a weak immune system. They also question why children’s health should be put at risk from vaccine side-effects, when children rarely suffer severe health problems from flu itself.
And wow!….look at what the UK Guardian has to say….  They site Dr. Tom Jefferson, and anyone who has ever looked into this, knows Jefferson is the top expert on the flu vaccine. 
The Guardian: Is the government wrong about giving children the nasal spray flu vaccine?
If you’ve had a doctor’s letter inviting your children to have a nasal-spray flu vaccine – are you going to say yes? The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advises UK government departments on vaccination issues, and has a programme to vaccinate all children between the ages of two and 16, starting with the youngest….
I’m a big fan of vaccines and feel anxious questioning any of them. But the BMJ (where I work) has published papers questioning the quality of evidence for the benefits of the influenza vaccine, and whether industry-funded trials have reported “over-optimistic” results. I ask Tom Jefferson, the lead author of the Cochrane Review on Vaccines for Preventing Influenza in Healthy Children, which looked at findings from 75 studies, if I should give my four-and-a-half-year-old the nasal vaccine spray.

NYTimes: Another autism death in NY schools

Oct 30

Think about the way the media presents autism.  Every April we celebrate Autism Awareness Month and light everything up in blue.  There are no calls to prevent autism or cure autism.  Autism is now an accepted part of childhood.  The press also likes to show us autism light—kids eagerly interacting with speech therapists or climbing on playground equipment.  They’re usually happy and verbal and look like typical kids.  Maybe autism has always been around like this.  It doesn’t look so bad. 
The media loves to define autism as “a lack of communication skills and an inability at social interaction.”  We all know people like that–for sure.
So how do the severe ones figure in? Our schools are filled with teenagers in diapers, nonverbal students prone to bolting and who are a danger to themselves and to others.  It hasn’t always been like this.  In my little town of 14,000, the grade schools where I work with kids have ones so disabled that they have one-on-one aides all day.  Decades ago, when I started teaching, it was never like this.  Where were all these kids back then? 
And they’re getting older.  This is the same population we’ll have to provide for as adults for the rest of their lives.  The prospect don’t look good

Catherine Smith, the mother of Dyasha Smith, 21, said she had told her daughter’s school that her food had to be cut up for her. Credit Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

Student, 21, With Autism Dies After She Chokes at Brooklyn School

The investigator for the city schools is investigating the death of a 21-year-old student with autism who choked on a muffin at her school in Brooklyn at lunchtime on Tuesday.

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

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

After a school safety agent called 911 at 12:11 p.m., paramedics were called to the school, where they found a nurse performing CPR, according to a Fire Department employee who insisted on anonymity because he had not been given permission to speak. It was not clear if anyone performed the Heimlich maneuver. She was declared dead at New York Methodist Hospital.

“If somebody was with this child, they could have been able to save her from choking,” Ms. Smith said, saying that she believed the school staff had been careless.

“This child went to school healthy,” she added.

It is the second time in a little over a year that the special commissioner of investigation for the school system has had to investigate the death of a student with autism. In October 2013, Avonte Oquendo, 14, slipped out an open door at his school in Queens, leading to months of searching.

Big news everywhere: It’s still GENETICS

Oct 30

Here is a sampling of the BIG STORY on autism.  Check out the headlines.  NPR and Newsweek come right out and say genes cause autism.  Others use the terms “contributing,” “linked” and “risks.”
Three years ago California researchers were saying that based on studies of twins, it was clear environment was the main link to the development of autism.
Study finds environment more important to predicting autism risk than genetics
According to a recent study by researchers at the UC-San Francisco and Stanford on autism in twins, environmental factors are more predictive of autism risk than genetic factors. The study found that environmental factors make up 62 percent of the risk of autism while genetics, originally thought to have been 90 percent, make up 38 percent.
Now with the theory of the strange, mutating genes that are not inherited, we’re back to genetics.  CNN does note that there are environmental triggers and the age of the dad is a factor. 
The findings could explain 30 percent of the autism out there.  We’re told 30, 60, or 100 genes are linked to autism depending on which headline you read.  (NBC News throws in a video from an older broadcast that reports on finding the signs of autism in infants.  Hint-hint, kids are born with autism, we just need to find it earlier.)
These stories have words like “amazing,” “incredible,” and “great” and there is no sense of urgency. 
According to TIME, the mutations “present spontaneously just before a child is conceived in either the sperm or egg.”  “Spontaneously” sounds like something falls out of the sky and just happens on its own.  The egg and sperm bit puts the blame back on mom and dad.  Add this to the studies linking autism to old moms, fat moms, moms who marry old dads, moms who drink, moms who smoke, moms who take antidepressants, moms who don’t get enough folic acid, moms who have babies too close together, moms who have C-sections, and of course, moms who live too close to freeways, and you can pretty much account for 100 percent of the autism out there. 

 No one is concerned about regressive autism.  Definitely something happened to a child who was happy, healthy, and talking one day and suddenly gets sick, stops making eye contact, stops talking, and disappears into autism.  In 2008, Dr. Bernadine Healy said we need to study these children.  No one wants to do that.  Instead, top scientists from 37 research institutions in nine countries have gotten together to blame bad genes once again.
NPR: Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes In Causing Autism

The hunt to find genes that cause autism has been a long slog, one hampered by a lack of technology and families willing to be tested. But those efforts are starting to pay off. On Tuesday, researchers at more than 50 laboratories said they had identified more than 100 genes that are mutated in children with autism, dozens more than were known before. These are mutations that crop up spontaneously, not ones that parents pass down to their children. At least 30 percent of autism cases are caused by these spontaneous mutations, according to researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory…. Because many of the mutations affect the same biological functions, it’s not like hundreds of different treatments would be needed. “If we have better genetic screening when a child is diagnosed with autism we might be able to say, here is the behavioral intervention they need,” Ronemus says. “We already know that if you intervene early on you can produce a more optimal outcome.”

TIME: Major Autism Studies Identify Dozens of Contributing Genes Both studies show through genomic sequencing that many of these mutations are de novo, meaning that parents do not have the gene mutation, but they present spontaneously just before a child is conceived in either the sperm or egg. It’s long been believed that autism is genetic, but a lack of large studies and advanced genomic sequencing has precluded any sort of consensus about what genes might be at play. But in the last couple years, scientists have been able to look at the genetic mutations in hundreds of people with autism and identify genes that likely factor into a child’s development of the disorder. In the two new studies, scientists were able to expand their work and look at thousands of people…. This kind of genetic research has been used to treat all kinds of disorders and diseases, State says, but before now had not been applied to psychiatric disorders.

CNN: Scientists link 60 genes to autism risk

Though other studies have shown the importance of genetics in the development of autism, experts say these new studies zero in on the exact nature of the genetic mutations that cause the disorder…
Further studies could determine what environmental factors cause those genes to mutate.

“This is going to begin to give us an opportunity to study the interactions between genes and environment,” State said. “The rate of new mutation increases with age, specifically fathers, because a lot of these mutations are in sperm.”

The genetic cards a child is dealt at birth play an important role in determining their risk of developing autism. Up until now, scientists have only been able to identify nine gene mutations linked to the disorder. But new research finds evidence that the number is in fact much higher.
The National Autistic Society said we were still “a long way” from knowing the cause of autism.
The study suggested a number of different risk factors for the condition, according to the lead author of the paper Prof Joseph Buxbaum, from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York. “The smoking gun is genetics – but there are quite a lot of different bullets in the gun,” said Prof Buxbaum…. “Up until now we’ve really not been able to understand the mechanisms that lead to autism,” he said. “This [study] is getting down to much finer detail.”… “However, we are still a long way from knowing what causes autism. What people with the condition, their families and carers need most of all, is access now to the right kind of support to be able to lead full lives,” she added.

Newsweek: Autism Could Be Caused By Genetic Mutations in Over 100 Genes, According to

Although genetics have long been thought to influence autism, researchers have struggled to concretely link individual genes with the condition, as many children who develop it have parents who did not.
 …And researchers say they are on their way to discovering up to 1,000 genes overall that may contribute to the disorder….
These discoveries could lead to tools offering more accurate diagnoses and new directions for therapies, they added.The findings also reveal how much more research needs to be done, said David Cutler, an assistant professor of genetics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and a co-author of the study.“These findings tell us that there are a relatively large number of genes that, when damaged, substantially increase an individual’s chance of developing autism,” Cutler said. “Autism does not have one cause, but a very, very large number of potential causes.”He said it has been difficult for researchers to uncover possible genetic and environmental causes of autism primarily because there are so many of them. “It is now beyond doubt that autism is usually caused by the combined effort of many small factors, both genetic and environmental,” he said.The researchers suspect that small changes in up to 1,000 genes interact to contribute to autism. Some of these changes are inherited while others, including most of the gene mutations identified in this study, occur for the first time when the sperm and egg merge.

ScienceDaily: Has there been a real increase in autism?

Oct 30

The very fact that anyone is still asking the question is proof of the abject disregard out there when it comes to autism.  There is ONLY THING THAT WILL MAKE AUTISM A NATIONAL ISSUE–THE COST. 
This is so elementary and obvious.  Notice that while health officials and doctors are still scratching their collective heads over the autism rate, ECONOMISTS are saying “at least part of the increase is real.”
They don’t say why, and after all, why should economists even care.
September 9, 2014, Science Daily: Economic study confirms growth in autism
The number of autism cases has soared over the past three decades, leading some to wonder if mental health professionals might be overdiagnosing the disorder.

Two economists who used market theory to study the trend in autism growth, however, have confirmed that at least part of the increase is real.

Researchers Jose Fernandez and Dhaval Dave analyzed the number and wages of auxiliary health providers based on California Department of Developmental Services data from 2002 to 2011. Each time autism cases doubled, the number of autism health providers grew by as much as 14 percent over that of non-autism health providers, they found.

The wages of autism health providers also rose higher, increasing up to 11 percent more.

“We focused on auxiliary providers because, unlike physicians and psychologists who can diagnose autism, these workers cannot induce their own demand,” Fernandez said.

The pair also found that although autism supplanted mental retardation in one of every three diagnoses during the period, actual autism cases still grew from 50 percent to 65 percent.

Fernandez is an economics associate professor

**Oct 29, 2014, Fox News: The Ebola vaccine: Are we there yet?

Oct 29

The GlaxoSmithKline vaccinewas designed using a chimpanzee adenovirus vector, a genetically engineered adenovirus that does not infect or reproduce itself in humans, Paul Offit, professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and developer of rotavirus vaccine RotaTeq, told This gene codes for one of the proteins in Ebola that may trigger the virus, and it therefore prompts an immune response in the individual being vaccinated. This immune response is thought to protect the person from contracting the virus….

No mention of side effects, of course.  There never is.  No one cares, injuries would all be for the “greater good.”  Paul Offit is the go-to-guy, of course.

MSNBC: “On Jonas Salk’s birthday,”

Oct 28

“Anti-vaxxers continue to perpetuate the autism-link myth “

Of course. How dare they!

Here’s some added info on Jonas Salk and his vaccine:

“American scientist Jonas Salk came forward with a new idea to eliminate all three strains of polio. He would grow the live virus in a lab and then kill the virus and inject the dead virus into children. Being dead, they could not produce, but would create antibodies against the virus. Thus the immune system would be armed against polio.

“Bernice Eddy was a bacteriologist at the NIH (National Institute of Health) and was told to safety-test the new vaccine. What she found was that the virus in the vaccine was not dead but still alive and able to breed. When she tried it on her monkeys, they were paralyzed. She sent pictures and warned the NIH.

“Several prominent physicians stepped into the fray to state the vaccine was safe. One of these doctors was Dr. Alton Ochsner who was Dr. Mary Sherman’s boss. To demonstrate his faith in the vaccine, Dr. Ochsner inoculated his own grandchildren with it. The mass inoculation proceeded on schedule and within days children fell sick from polio, some crippled, and some died. Ochsner’s grandson died of polio and his granddaughter was crippled with it. The director of the NIH resigned, the Secretary of Health resigned, it was a huge failure by public health.”

** Johns Hopkins Scientist Reveals Shocking Report on Flu Vaccines

Oct 28

A Johns Hopkins scientist has issued a blistering report on influenza vaccines in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Peter Doshi, Ph.D., charges that although the vaccines are being pushed on the public in unprecedented numbers, they are less effective and cause more side effects than alleged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Further, says Doshi, the studies that underlie the CDC’s policy of encouraging most people to get a yearly flu shot are often low quality studies that do not substantiate the official claims.

Something is VERY WRONG HERE. Our health officials tell every senior to get a flu shot.  WHY?
Sharyl Attkisson, top investigative reporter, is saying that top research that our health officials KNOW ABOUT shows the flu shot is ineffective and deadly in the elderly.



Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After All | Sharyl Attkisson

Oct 28

Description from Sharyl Attkisson’s blog….Investigative Journalist who tries to give you information others don’t want you to have. What you do with it is your own business. Do your own research. Seek advice from those you trust. Make up your own mind.
So the flu shot doesn’t work in the elderly and it’s linked to a higher mortality rate.  And officials don’t care.  (Seriously, who makes money when people don’t get a vaccine?)
We should all be scared!
An important and definitive “mainstream” government study done nearly a decade ago got little attention because the science came down on the wrong side. It found that after decades and billions of dollars spent promoting flu shots for the elderly, the mass vaccination program did not result in saving lives. In fact, the death rate among the elderly increased substantially. The authors of the study admitted a bias going into the study. Here was the history as described to me: Public health experts long assumed flu shots were effective in the elderly. But, paradoxically, all the studies done failed to demonstrate a benefit. Instead of considering that they, the experts, could be wrong–instead of believing the scientific data–the public health experts assumed the studies were wrong. After all, flu shots have to work, right? when they finished, no matter how they crunched the numbers, the data kept telling the same story: flu shots were of no benefit to the elderly. Quite the opposite. The death rate had increased markedly since widespread flu vaccination among older Americans. The scientists finally had to acknowledge that decades of public health thought had been mistaken.

FORBES Mag’s Emily Willingham: winner of the 2014 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science

Oct 28

I’ve followed Willingham at Forbes for years and have written about her.
 And of course she’s included in my book, The Big Autism Cover Up, since she’s done so much writing on autism.
Emily Willingham is one of the best writers on the science and social aspects of autism. She also writes on other topics and is an accomplished researcher. Her journalism can be found at her site,, The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism (the Site and the Book), DoubleXScience, Forbes, and elsewhere. …She is facing a lawsuit for an article about the purported link between vaccines and autism.

Stunning news from the shadowy world of vaccine injury cases…

Oct 28

The last report issued in 2013 by the Department of Justice (Vaccine Court), for compensation made by the Health and Human Services for people injured or killed by vaccines, was released in December 2013, covering the period of 8/16/2013 through 11/15/2013. The report is available as a Power Point presentation here.

There were 139 claims settled during this time period, with 70 of them being compensated. So, just over 50% of the claims filed for vaccine damages were compensated during this period.

Once again, the greatest percentage of damages compensated were for the influenza vaccine, and most of those were for Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). Yet these facts, tucked away in a file on the Department of Health and Human Services website, are never reported in the mainstream media. So we will report them here. You can also read the report yourself in the Power Point file here.

Of the 70 cases compensated, 42 of them were for the flu vaccine, or 60% of the cases settled where compensation was awarded for injury or death due to the vaccine. The combined total of the other 40% of cases settled included the following vaccines: Hep B, Tetanus, HPV, DTaP, MMR, IPV, PCV, Hib, Meningococcal, Varicella, TD….


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