The FDA approval letter, signed by Marion Gruber, Director of Office of Vaccines Research and Review CBER, states the reason for bypassing the advice of VRBPAC writing:
“We did not refer your application to the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee because our review of information submitted in your BLA, including the clinical study design and trial results, did not raise concerns or controversial issues which would have benefited from an advisory committee discussion.”
So, the Office of Vaccines Research and Review, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) committee took it upon themselves to decide there were “no concerns or controversial issues” regarding the approval of Gardasil 9?
Here’s his view of mumps among NHL players…
Why Doctors Aren’t Shocked That Mumps Have Hit the NHL | Lawrence SolomonPast generations of professional hockey players were never at risk of mumps outbreaks. Today’s players are, and tomorrow’s will be, along with adults generally. These outbreaks — which the media portray as coming out of the blue — don’t surprise anyone in medical circles who has been paying attention. Mumps outbreaks among aduIts have long been predicted by public health experts. Ironically, the mumps vaccine itself makes these outbreaks inevitable.A century ago, before sanitation and public health improvements, mumps was a risky disease. By the 1950s, it had become largely benign, a childhood disease that especially hit five- to nine-year-olds, and almost everyone by their late teens. Once infected, children obtained lifetime immunity, making mumps rare in adulthood. Because mumps was dangerous in adults — complications can include sterility in males and, in pregnant women, the loss of the child — public health authorities in the 1950s and 1960s predicted that the mumps vaccine then being proposed would backfire. . . .
The study is from HARVARD! Gosh, they should know what they’re talking, right?
The greater the exposure to fine particulates emitted by fires, vehicles, and industrial smokestacks the greater the risk, found the study, published online in Environmental Health Perspectives.Earlier research also found an autism-pollution connection, including a 2010 study that found the risk of autism doubled if a mother, during her third trimester, lived near a freeway, a proxy for exposure to particulates. But this is the first to examine the link across the United States, and “provides additional support” to a possible link, said Heather Volk of the University of Southern California Children’s Hospital, who led earlier studies.
U.S. diagnoses of autism soared to one in 68 children in 2010 (the most recent data) from one in 150 in 2000, government scientists reported in March. Experts are divided on how much of the increase reflects greater awareness and how much truly greater incidence.
If I had heard a voice or two, maybe my daughter would be speaking to me from her college dorm right now, instead of next to me on a computer watching Sesame Street 20 Years…..and still counting.
HealthyLife.Net–All positive talk radio:
Dec 18, 2014 12 Noon Central.
Dr. Andrew McCabe Announcement Anne Dachel, the author of The Big Autism Cover-Up, Skyhorse Press, is the guest this week on Autism with Dr. Andy, HealthyLife.net radio. Anne has written extensively on vaccines and their role in the etiology of autism. She is well known throughout the United States for her interest and activism in addressing what has become an educational and health challenge of epidemic proportions. Anne’s book explores how news outlets downplay the impact of autism while backing the official denial of any link between the disorder and vaccines. Don’t miss this controversial interview with a woman who provides shocking and eye opening information that has been kept secret from the American public. Anne’s interview will be available after Thursday, December, 18th at 12 Noon, Central, and will be archived for about three months. Her show can be downloaded for future listening. To find the show, Google HealthyLife.net. On the right hand side of the show profile you will see, in the blue box, Radio Show Guide. Next, click on All Radio Hosts and scroll down to Thursday, 10 AM Pacific, and you will see the show. Go to Archives and click on 12/18/14, Anne Dachel. About Autism with Dr. Andy Andy McCabe, Psy. D., received his Doctorate in School Psychology in 1999 from Rutgers University. He directed one of the first public school programs in NJ for the autistic in the mid-eighteens and has been a full time Associate Professor at New Jersey City University since 2001. His radio show, Autism with Dr. Andy, has provided a forum for many of the top experts in the field of autism in the United States. Interviews include information related to etiology and prevention, education, a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, housing, long term care, vocational training and classroom interventions. His goal is to reach 1 million listeners worldwide. If you, or someone you know, has something important to add to the knowledge base related to autism, email dramccabe@hotmail. Dr. Andy will review your potential as a radio guest and contact you. Please tell your family and friends about the show. We need your listening support!
Myth: Mercury in the influenza vaccine will make me sick or give my child autism.
Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative used to prevent contamination of influenza vaccine vials. Extensive research shows an extremely low dose of thimerosal in vaccines and has been found to be safe. If you are still concerned, thimerosal-free vaccines may be available. The nasal vaccine does not have thimerosal.
Incredible coverage. It should outrage everyone. Lots of people, so far not implicated, should be made to answer for what happened to this teen.In an Eyewitness News exclusive report, newly-obtained interviews reveal the pain, frustration and fear facing a family as they cared for a suburban boy with a severe form of autism. The videos capture the final months of the child’s life before his mother and godmother are accused of murdering him more than a year ago. These interviews are not offered-up as an excuse for the alleged murder, but as a way to provide context and insight into one family’s desperate situation.
Alex Spourdalakis was a typical toddler, adventurous and mischievous. Everything was fine until a few months shy of Alex’s 2nd birthday.
“He had this episode with the fever and the screaming at night and that was like a turning point,” said Agatha Skrodzka, Alex’s godmother.
“He lost his speech, strange behaviors, skin rashes,” said Dorothy Spourdalakis, Alex’s mother.
Dorothy and Agatha are the two women who – just a few months after this interview was recorded – would be charged with murdering Alex. They’ve each entered not guilty pleas.
By age 3, Alex was diagnosed with a severe form of autism. The next decade would feature setback after setback, hospitalizations, medications and meltdowns. As Alex grew, so did his strength and his needs. . . .Alex’s final weeks were captured on camera by an autism advocacy group, and turned into a film titled: “Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis?”“We clearly didn’t anticipate the end of this. This was part of a reality show in which we were trying to show how these children could be made better; but what we captured was in fact a prelude to an alleged murder,” said Andy Wakefield, Autism Media Channel.
“She just, she just couldn’t take seeing her son in pain anymore and seeing no future for him, and there was no help for him,” said Polly Tommey, Autism Media Channel.Comment:Thank you, Ben Bradley and ABC 7 for covering this critical issue.There are unanswered questions that viewers are left with after watching this report: What happened to Alex just before he turned two? Why did a healthy, normally developing toddler suddenly lose learned skills (including speech), develop such severe bowel disease and end up diagnosed with autism? Why are doctors so helpless to prevent this from happening and so mystified on how to treat it when it does? Two decades of soaring autism rates have gone almost unnoticed by the medical community. An autism rate of one in every 68 children still isn’t a crisis to doctors or health officials.Who really killed Alex Spourdalakis?Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism
And then, there are those in between.
Massachusetts public school kindergartners are required to be immunized against hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, mumps, measles, rubella, and varicella. In the 2013-2014 school year, 1,192 Massachusetts kindergarten children filed vaccine exemptions. According to data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, this is the first time in four years the number of exemptions hasn’t increased, but it’s more than double the exemptions 20 years ago. Meanwhile, the total number of kindergartners has decreased by 8,900. . . .
It’s time to introduce you to the “vaccine-friendly” physician
A bit of a misnomer, physicians who are “vaccine-friendly” treat families who decide not to vaccinate. A simple Google search is the first step to finding them.
The first page of search results for “vaccine friendly doctors in Boston” pulled up JanetLevatin.com, a website for an Ohio-based homeopathic medicine specialist. She lists nine Boston-area physicians who “either don’t vaccinate or do not push unwanted vaccines.”
Dr. Janet Levatin, who practiced in Brookline for 25 years before moving to Ohio, does not offer vaccines for her patients. She also did not vaccinate children for many years in Massachusetts. She told Boston.com that she put the list together as a resource for patients when she moved states. Patients’ word-of-mouth recommendations as well as her own knowledge of vaccine friendly physicians in the area informed her selections.
Within 24 hours of speaking with Boston.com, Levatin took down her website. She insisted that the list may be out of date, so we called each of the physicians listed to see if their position on vaccines had changed. We managed to speak with four of them.
The first we reached, Dr. Fred Mandell of Brookline, was uncomfortable and unaware he was listed on Levatin’s website. He insisted that he follows the state’s vaccine guidelines and did not wish to speak further on the topic.
In Quincy, Dr. Mark Vonnegut said that although he was unaware he was on the list, he was comfortable with being classified as “vaccine-friendly” because he doesn’t “believe in kicking kids out of a practice for not being immunized.” (Some doctors refuse to treat children who have not been vaccinated, even if that means losing an existing patient.)
Dr. Deborah Bershel, who runs an independent family practice in Davis Square, was also unaware that she was on Levatin’s list, but said she is comfortable being classified in this way. Bershel believes that immunizations are effective and good public health policy, but she said that she is simply offering the options that the law outlines and can’t turn parents away.
“Our society, mainly the state of Massachusetts, requires that parents agree to give the immunization, and there’s an implication that the parent should have a right to say yay or nay,” Bershel said. “For me to then imply that the parents are bad parents I think is–I just cannot do that …The medical facts are that the immunizations are helpful, and I try to tell people how diseases have been eliminated, like bacterial meningitis, but many of these people feel they can do better research than the scientific community.”
Finally, we spoke with Dr. Richard Moskowitz, who practices in Watertown. He was aware he was recommended on Levatin’s site (they’re friends). Moskowitz does not offer vaccines for his patients because, he says, they are creating a population with chronically weak immune systems. Moskowitz said he had measles as a child and survived, and he thinks his immune system is stronger for it. In his opinion, vaccines are only necessary for people who travel. He said he would only get a vaccine if he was traveling “somewhere like Africa.” . . . .
The mother of all “vaccine-friendly” physician lists
There are several lists of vaccine friendly doctors besides Levatin’s. The first (and still the biggest) was created by California-based pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears, who is renowned for developing an alternative vaccine schedule for young children that delays the immunizations over longer periods of time.
Today, physicians ask to be listed on Sears’s website of vaccine-friendly physicians. One of those is Dr. Mark Su, who has been practicing family medicine for three years on the North Shore. He refuses to turn families away because they won’t vaccinate their children. . . .
December 16, 2014
Autism: Experts Say The Syndrome Is Better Understood Now Than Ever BeforeDr. Andy Shih, senior vice President of Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization from the United States, said that he is very optimistic regarding the future of autism in the world, adding that scientific research has contributed in the understanding of the syndrome better now than ever before.Speaking to Morocco World News on the sidelines of the Global Autism Summit that took place at the medicine faculty in Rabat over the weekend, Dr. Shih said that in the field of autism, having knowledge in itself is not enough, pointing out that there is a need for “the help of the government, the policymakers, the professional communities and families that there are opportunities and solutions out there that can make their lives better.”Dr. Shih also said that part of his work is trying to help all these stakeholders understand that it is possible to have a better future. “However, the main thing is that there is a need to work together and to respect the right of individuals and families of autism that they are entitled to health and education and other services like everybody else in the community,” adding that “the ways to support them are not expensive and at the end of the day can benefit the society in general.”
He went on to highlight the importance of awareness and the role of media, saying that they can help the population understand that people with Autism are like everybody else and that they are not unproductive.