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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has invited Oregon senators to a private screening of a documentary about a mercury-containing preservative in some vaccines on Thursday in Salem. He plans to urge them to vote against a bill that – with an amendment – would eliminate nonmedical exemptions from Oregon’s school immunization law.
The invitation came via emails to senators on Monday. Sens. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, and Tim Knopp, R-Bend, confirmed to the Statesman Journal that they were invited to the screening.
Knopp said on Tuesday that Kennedy reached out to him on Sunday – presumably because Knopp is leading the opposition against Senate Bill 442 – and said he was interested in talking with the senators about the bill.
“He’s very concerned about parental consent on this issue,” Knopp said. “He’s opposed to the bill with the amendments and wanted to talk to some senators.”
In the email that was obtained by the Statesman Journal, Kennedy writes that lawmakers and their staffers are invited to the screening of the documentary “Trace Amounts” at Cinebarre in downtown Salem and that he plans to hold a question-and-answer session afterward.
“I consider this issue so important not just for Oregon but for the entire country that I wanted to make the trip to Salem to further educate lawmakers,” the email reads.
Monnes Anderson, chairwoman of the Senate health care committee, said she will not make the screening. Steiner Hayward’s chief of staff, Paige Pence, said in an email that the senator will not attend due to a scheduling conflict. Knopp said he plans to be there.
Having a child with an autism diagnosis requires a tough skin and survival skills learned as you go. So now we are at a new junction in our lives with new survival skills to be learned as we go. Six years ago, I wrote about Megan and her Bittersweet 16th Birthday. Since that time, Megan has had to endure seizures developing and then an autoimmune diagnosis. Our journey continues and here we are at age twenty-two, school has ended and the trail ahead is not blazed for her individual needs. Like we have done since Megan regressed into an autism diagnosis after her MMR and Hib vaccines at eighteen months, we must survive!
Survival would include the biomedical treatments, medications and foods that target her immune system and microbiome, safe and compassionate people to care for her while I am at work, and a developing weekly schedule. Unlike her spectacular school, which she has attended since 1998 (age 5), adult day programs for those severely affected by autism are sparse (or depressing and not well versed on REGRESSIVE autism). I visited two in the past weeks and my friends, we need much more!
One was housed in a small office type building, clean and new, but the clients were in the age range of 30’s and up to 70! Where were all of the 20-year olds? These folks did not have the type of AUTISM we see today, but more of cognitive impairment and congenital disabilities. Some were in wheelchairs or walkers. Not appropriate for Megan. The second was a nice and big building, warm and inviting but alas, the small, severe autism program had a waiting list! In addition, they did not have any clients who had aides, something my daughter might need. She would be the youngest and female, in a mostly male dominated room. It was a program centered on Christian beliefs and seemed safe and nurturing, but not yet ready for the coming epidemic of young adults.
Megan has always been in the front wave of the TSUNAMI coming and as a result, we have had to endure obstacles and a world not yet ready for such disabled young adults.
When health officials say vaccines are safe, they mean they’re safe for most people. Even if they don’t mention the rare cases of injury, they know that vaccines, like any drug, can have side effects.
“I never mean to suggest that there aren’t risks with vaccines,” said Art Caplan, a medical ethicist at New York University. But he said bad reactions are “very, very rare.”
He likened refusing immunizations out of concern about vaccine injuries to not wearing seat belts for fear of getting injured from wearing seat belts. Far more people are saved by seat belts, he said.
Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, declined to be interviewed by the Observer. In an email she said the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine has been used in this country for 50 years and is “safe and effective. . The evidence about the vaccine’s safety and benefits is strong and consistent.”
Instead of focusing on autism, Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, said her group has always focused on encephalopathy, or brain damage, which “has been associated with vaccines since the first vaccine.” Brain inflammation can lead to dysfunction with a range of symptoms, including learning disabilities, seizure disorders, mental retardation and symptoms of autism, she said.
Some children who received compensation from the federal vaccine court for brain damage caused by vaccines have had symptoms of autism. But the compensation was for encephalopathy.
Some parents and doctors think underlying genetic conditions or medical problems could make certain children more susceptible to adverse vaccine reactions. One suspect is disorders of the mitochondria, the “powerhouse” responsible for generating energy needed to perform a cell’s many tasks.
This was discussed in the wake of the 2008 federal vaccine court decision that vaccines injured Hannah Poling of Georgia, who got nine vaccines at once when she was 18 months old. The court, established by Congress to compensate victims of vaccine injuries, awarded millions of dollars over her lifetime and concluded the vaccinations she received “significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder . and manifested as a regressive encephalopathy with features of autism spectrum disorder.” , , ,
Douglas Wallace, director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a past member of the foundation’s advisory board, has said the lack of data on mitochondria and vaccines makes it difficult to know what to recommend. “We do not know what is safe. We do not know what is not safe,” he testified before a national vaccine committee in 2008.
If the countenance is familiar, though, his current location isn’t. His usual on-screen sign-off is ringing in my ears – “Malcolm Brabant, BBC News, Athens” – but today he is welcoming me into his home in Copenhagen.
He is, he explains, currently living in exile from the Greek capital, and thereby “missing one the biggest news stories of my career”. The reason is the biggest personal story of Brabant’s 58 years. As he puts it with what I quickly learn is characteristic bluntness: “I went bonkers.”
In April 2011, he attended an Athens clinic for a routine vaccination against yellow fever before an assignment in the Ivory Coast. As well as reporting from Athens, he has also travelled the globe to cover international stories, winning a coveted Sony award in 1993 for his reporting from a besieged Sarajevo at the height of the Bosnian crisis.
His reaction to the vaccine, however, was anything but routine. “It fried my brain,” he states simply. Overnight a previously sane man developed severe psychosis. An agnostic, Brabant became so convinced he was the Messiah that he telephoned his bemused fellow correspondent, Allan Little, to appoint him “first disciple” and ask him to record his words of wisdom. . . .
“My husband had absolutely no previous history of mental illness,” says Villemann. “There was nothing latent in him. I have no doubt at all that his severe psychosis was brought on by the yellow fever vaccine.”
Brabant adds: “I was not a one-in-a-million case. We are determined to make the manufacturers, Sanofi Pasteur, investigate what is happening. I have provided them with open access to all the doctors who treated me so they can hear what their vaccine did to me, but they haven’t been in touch. They are refusing to engage.”
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“We really need to get that percentage up to 98-99 percent,” she said.
With the latest outbreak reported at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, she says there’s no telling what could happen next.
“That kind of magnitude of exposure is very concerning,” she said.
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