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Newsbusters.org….even talking about mercury in vaccines is wrong………….

Jul 22

The media just won’t let anti-vaccine nonsense die, as evident by the July 20 issue of Washington Post Magazine and its cover story about Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s “Lonely Crusade.”

In an eight-page story (including photographs), Keith Kloor profiled “The Messenger” Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent anti-vaccine activist. He explored the political consequences of Kennedy’s anti-vaccination crusade.

Although he pointed out that science from the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics and Institute of Medicine all refute a link between vaccines and autism, Kloor sympathetically repeated Kennedy’s talking points on the subject in anticipation of his upcoming anti-vaccine book. He even quoted Kennedy claiming he is “pro-vaccine,” even as the activist stoked fear of thimerosal in vaccines.

I find this interesting. 
So even a story that ignores all the science, but simply mentions Kennedy’s book is doing a disservice to the public.
It doesn’t matter that Kennedy calls for SAFE VACCINES by removing MERCURY….no one cares.  Anyone who says anything about vaccines is simply and forever “ANTI-VACCINE.”
 
Look at the last line here…
“Unfortunately, the media sustained the supposed controversy for years even after the science was debunked by interviewing anti-vaxxers and setting up irresponsible debates between scientists and anti-vaccine celebrities, just as Kloor and The Washington Post Magazine did.”

There’s only a “supposed controversy” …and notice the charge that even “interviewing anti-vaxxers” is wrong.  Debating the topic is “irresponsible.” 

This is VERY SCARY STUFF.

Keith Kloor should be concerned that even his biased, one-sided coverage is under attack…….  This is a call for censorship…………..

**CNN blames bad genes for autism

Jul 22

How long are we going to listen to experts blaming bad genes for autism?  This is 52 percent of autism.  What’s the rest?  ….Fat moms, old moms, old dads, drinking moms, smoking moms, moms who have babies too close together, moms who live too close to freeways…..

Genetics play a bigger role than environmental causes for autism

Genetics plays more of a role in the development of autism than environmental causes, according to new research published Sunday in Nature Genetics….

“There is no one gene for autism,” Gunter said. “Instead there are many different genetic variations which each contribute a little bit to the risk of developing the group of symptoms we diagnose as autism.”

She added that we still don’t know exactly how much these different factors contribute to the development of autism.

Once scientists accumulate more data on the autism population, Buxbaum says this new research could help develop a “risk score” – such as the one that exists for heart attacks – that would help patients determine the likelihood of family members developing autism.

Rockville MD parents accused of abusing twin sons (22) with autism

Jul 22

Police have arrested a Rockville couple for allegedly keeping their 22-year-old twin sons, who have autism, in a dungeon-like enclosure in the basement of their home.

Autism is a national disaster.  There are horrible examples of abuse in schools and homes.  How many times have we heard about things like this happening? 

Genetics and autism, AKA “Blame the victim”

Jul 22

From 2013….so true today………..
Science and Social Control: Political Paralysis and the Genetics Agenda

Extreme genetics
Recognition that this reasoning aligns the interests of both corporations and governments has coincided with the extraordinary funding opportunities for scientists willing to apply DNA analysis and genomic approaches to vast areas of mental and physical health. Precise figures are not available, but over the last fifteen years close to half the budget of the NIH has gone to genetic analysis of human populations. That is likely in excess of $100 billion dollars in the US alone.

How to answer TIME…. (according to Sharyl Attkisson….)

Jul 22

Jeffrey Kluger at TIME and Steven Salzberg at Forbes have both slammed Robert Kennedy’s new book on thimerosal use in vaccines.

Stories on the latest study showing autism is “mostly genetic,” and therefore not linked to vaccines are filling up Google News.

Forbes

Slate

Largest study to date shows majority of autism is genetic

What we have is a serious lack of trust in one of the most important programs in pediatric medicine: the vaccine schedule.   This heated debate is escalating to the point where we need answers: either vaccines do or vaccines don’t cause autism.  Sharyl is right.  A simple study comparing the autism rate in children who are fully vaccinated and children who have never been vaccinated would end the controversy.  We’d be able to see for ourselves.  (And the CDC does retrospective studies like this all the time.  With so many parents now too worried to vaccinate, the study group is out there.)  UNLESS AND UNTIL THIS STUDY IS DONE, THE QUESTION REMAINS OPEN.
The obvious difference is there are many scientific studies supporting a link between vaccines and autism–often unreported, under-reported or dismissed by pharmaceutical interests and vaccine activists who have long fought a PR campaign to falsely portray the studies and researchers as “anti-vaccine.”

I told the CDC official that it would seem that a survey of the unvaccinated population could be a good first step in further dispelling or further confirming the possibility of a vaccine tie to autism. The CDC official acknowledged to me that the information would be worthwhile. I asked whether CDC would attempt such a survey.

Such a survey wouldn’t necessarily cost a penny because the CDC already conducts regular telephone and mail surveys to monitor childhood immunization coverage. It could just add a question: has your child been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder?

While not necessarily conclusive, if the incidence of autism, Attention Deficit Disorder and other related disorders is roughly the same in the unvaccinated population as in the fully vaccinated, it might steer attention and research in a different direction. That would serve the interests of those who wish to debunk a vaccine-autism link….

The CDC official answered my question as to whether it would attempt a survey by saying that it was something that “somebody” should do.

“Why not the CDC?” I asked. “And, if not, then will the CDC encourage such a study?”

“Somebody should do it,” she said again, noncommittally.

To date, hasn’t been done. Or if it has, the CDC hasn’t publicized the results.

 

SLATE.com: It’s not the environment……………….IT’S YOUR BAD GENES ALL YOU DEFEcTIVE PARENTS!!!!

Jul 21

Why didn’t we learn from the “refrigerator mom” theory of fifty years ago?

It’s always been the parents…It’ll always be the parents!….bad genes, old moms, fat moms, moms who marry old dads, moms who smoke, moms who drink, moms who have babies too close together, moms who take anti-depressants, moms who live too close to freeways………………………IT’S YOU MOM!
(I’VE BEEN TOLD THIS.)
We’re back to bad genes………………(And would someone explain how genes could have created AN EPIDEMIC OF NEUROLOGICALLY DAMAGED CHILDREN?)  Oops, I’m sorry.  They’ve taken are of that.  There’s been no real increase….just lots of better….and better…and better diagnosing of autism.
It’s so easy to BLAME THE PARENTS……(and let them all shamefully slink off in the shadows….)

Autism Linked to Common Genes

Environmental causes and specific mutations aren’t as much to blame.

Few topics in science are as divisive as autism. The disorder affects roughly one in 68 children, and more children than ever are receiving the diagnosis. In 6- to 17-year-old children, autism diagnoses increased by almost 1 percentage point between 2007 and 2012.* Symptoms typically don’t emerge until age 2 or 3, and the diagnosis isn’t always straightforward. There is no known cause, but over the years researchers have proposed quite a range: complications during birth, pesticides, not being loved enough, not having enough worms.

However, as in most traits, environmental factors alone do not cause autism; there is also a genetic basis. In fact, autism is mostly genetic: The Population-Based-Autism Genetics and Environment Study Consortium, a multidisciplinary group of researchers, published a study in Nature Genetics on Sunday in which it found that autism is 55 percent heritable. Heritability represents the portion of a certain trait that can be attributed to genetics. One example of a highly heritable trait is height. In the United States, height is 80 percent heritable. This means that your genes explain 80 percent of how tall you end up-for example, the genes of a 5’1″ and 5’7″ couple are unlikely to produce a 6’1″ child-and the other 20 percent is left up to environmental factors, such as nutrition. Similarly, genes are responsible for more than half of a child’s chance of having autism. “Autism is really a lot more like height than people thought,” says Kathryn Roeder, a Carnegie Mellon University statistics and computational biology professor who led the study. “Each person has a certain amount of risk in their genome.” The most surprising finding in this study is that the genetic risk for autism lies mostly in variations of common genes, and not specific mutations. A small mutation in a single gene can cause a disease such as Huntington’s, and mutation of the BRCA1 gene increases a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer. These sorts of mutations account for only 2.6 percent of autism risk, according to the new PAGES study, compared with 52 percent accounted for by common genes. In the vast majority of cases of autism, there is no one errant gene that codes for the disease, but rather a combination of common variations predicts autism risk. “You get a lot of the bad side of the coin and eventually push you into a disease,” says

***WebMD says it’s bad genes….AND THOMAS INSEL AGREES!!

Jul 21

Is it the Dachel genes or the McElroy genes that gave our son autism?…We may never know………………………………………..
Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

Researchers compared about 3,000 people in Sweden with and without autism and found that about 52 percent of autism was linked to common gene variants and rare inherited variations. Spontaneous genetic mutations accounted for only 2.6 percent of autism risk.

The investigators also found that genetics seem to play a stronger role in autism risk than environmental factors, according to the study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The study, which the researchers said was the largest of its kind to date, was published in the July 20 issue of the journal Nature Genetics.

“From this study, we can see that genetics plays a major role in the development of autism compared to environmental risk factors, making autism more like height than we thought — many small risk factors add up, each pushing a person further out on the spectrum,” co-lead investigator Kathryn Roeder, professor of statistics and computational biology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, said in a university news release…..

According to NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel, “Knowing the nature of the genetic risk will help focus the search for clues to the molecular roots of the disorder. Common variation may be more important than we thought,” he said in the Carnegie Mellon news release.

Buxbaum explained that “within a given family, the mutations could be a critical determinant that leads to the manifestation of [autism] in a particular family member.”

He concluded: “The family may have common variation that puts it at risk, but if there is also a [new] mutation on top of that, it could push an individual over the edge. So for many families, the interplay between common and spontaneous genetic factors could be the underlying

My critique of the Washington Post story: Are you listening, Keith Kloor???

Jul 21

 

By Anne Dachel

Many of us in the autism community have been eagerly awaiting the release of Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s new book, THIMEROSAL: LET THE SCIENCE SPEAK:

I am hopeful about the book–hopeful that there can be an honest look into the use of one of the deadliest ingredients possible in vaccines, namely mercury.  (And seriously, the tired claim that it was removed from most children’s vaccines over a decade ago, except for SOME flu shots, doesn’t settle anything.  It’s still in unconscionable levels in the flu vaccine and this vaccine is recommended for pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy.  Imagine the impact of an adult dose of 25 mcg of mercury on the brain of a developing fetus.  AND A POINT THAT IS NEVER EXPLORED: The vaccine makers still sell vaccines to Third World Countries loaded with high levels of toxic thimeorsal.  We may be protecting the children of the U.S., but the poorest of the poor in the world have no choice for their kids–they get mercury.)

Of course it also matters how the media reacts to Kennedy’s book.  If reporters present this as one man’s baseless opinion in the face of an army of experts, it’ll be easy to discount his work as simply “anti-vaccine

Examiner.com: “Largest study to date shows majority of autism is genetic”

Jul 21

At least 60 percent of autism is genetically inherited through gene mutations. Fifty-two percent of the mutations that cause autism are directly inherited from parents and family. These are the conclusions of the largest genetic study of the source of autism ever conducted. The research was led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Kathryn Roeder and was reported in the July 20, 2014, edition of the journal Nature Genetics.

The source of autism in children is in majority the result of the desire of parents with defective genes to have children. The study included the contribution of environmental causes of autism and found that genetics trumps any environmental cause for autism. The study was based on the genetic analysis of over 1.6 million Swedish families and compared 3,000 people with autism with a group that did not have autism that was the same size….

This discovery that included the National Institutes of Health in the United States and several experts from U. S. universities brings into serious doubt previous claims that vaccinations or any environmental source caused autism. The 2010 U. S. Court ruling that the use of thimerosal in vaccines was a cause of autism is now suspect of being invalid. Likewise the books that claim vaccinations caused autism are now considered to be less than factual.

We’re back to the “refrigerator mom” being blamed for autism–”parents with defective genes” is the updated version of blame the parents.  This explains “at least 60 percent of autism,” according to this study.  And the other 40 percent is likely due to all those other associations: fat moms, old moms, drinking moms, moms on anti-depressant, moms who have babies too close together, and moms who live too close to freeways.  This lets thimerosal and pesticides off the hook.  AND HOW TIMELY!  With Robert Kennedy’s new book just out–it’s the perfect response.  Kennedy can’t be right–THE LATEST SCIENCE SAYS SO! 

**LA Times: Carlsbad High and “Invisible Threat”

Jul 20

The very fact that Offit is cited with no mention of his MERCK TIES, is proof that this is indoctrination.  These students are being taught to never question what officials tell them.
Student filmmakers find themselves drawn into the vaccine/autism fray

Every school day, students at Carlsbad High tune in their classroom televisions to a news show produced by its award-winning broadcast journalism program.Airing from a well-appointed studio on campus, the report covers topics ranging from final exams to nearby wildfires, delivered by a teenage staff that typically goofs around until the cameras roll and professionalism descends. Carlsbad High has come to expect a lot from CHSTV, a “signature program,” according to schools Supt. Suzette Lovely. But no one expected the kind of attentionthat has lately muzzled one of its most acclaimed works – a short documentary produced by an extracurricular offshoot of the program.

The movie, “Invisible Threat,” bills itself as a report on “the science of disease and the risks facing a society that is under-vaccinated.” As the students and their advisors prepared to debut it, they found themselves cast as foot soldiers in a long-running immunization war between a small group of activists who argue that vaccines cause autism and the vast majority of physicians and scientists who say they don’t. The anti-vaccine groups – whose work has contributed to the recent decline in immunization rates in some parts of the country, medical authorities believe – charged that the Carlsbad students had been duped by deceitful advisors who had been paid off by the pharmaceutical companies that make vaccines. . . . The final version of “Invisible Threat,” completed in spring 2013 but shown only to select audiences, took a strong pro-vaccine position. Critics, who said they hadn’t been allowed to see the movie, leaped back into action about a year later, when the film was set to be screened on Capitol Hill. Focus Autism and AutismOne organizations complained about the movie’s Rotary Club backing and about the involvement of Dr. Paul Offit, a University of Pennsylvania pediatrician and immunization proponent

 

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