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CDC Whistleblower Dr. William W. Thompson on Thimerosal and Pregnant Women



CDC Whistleblower Dr. Thompson on Thimerosal and Pregnant Women
Published on Aug 27, 2014
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 02:13 AM (1 replies)

K&R

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 27, 2014, 12:34 PM (0 replies)

More.

http://najms.net/wp-content/uploads/v06i03.pdf#page=34

INTRODUCTION
During the author’s career, reported prevalence of autism increased from 1 in 5,000 (1975) to 1 in 2,500 (1985), to 1 in 500 (1995) to 1 in 250 (~2001) to 1 in 166 (~2004) to 1 in 88 (~2008) to 1 in 50 (2013); all reflected birth cohorts born earlier.1,2 Further research into autism prevalence studies have debunked the initial contention that higher numbers could be explained away by better diagnosis and broadening of diagnostic criteria.3-6

Environmental Toxicants...
Breastfeeding...
Probiotics...
Nutritional Factors...
Antibiotic Stewardship...
Role of Acetaminophen...


The Vaccine Controversy
The CDC and AAP have issued statements that vaccines are not associated with the risk of autism and that there are epidemiologic studies suggesting no causal role.58-60 Under immunization as a result of parental perceptions of vaccine safety remains a primary concern of the American Academy of Pediatrics.61 As a result, primary care physicians are taught ways to address parents’ vaccine concerns, take opportunities to vaccinate, and use recall methods to catch patients up on vaccines.62 Despite having one of the most aggressive vaccination policies in the developed world, specifying 22 vaccine doses for a total of 12 diseases by 1 year of age,63 the United States had higher infant mortality rates in 2009 than 33 other nations.64

The author has visited 12 of the countries with a lower infant mortality rate than the United States to lecture about medical problems in children with autism, mentor clinicians, and collaborate on research about patients with autism. By rank in infant mortality, they are: Sweden 2, Japan 3, Finland 6, Norway 7, Czech Republic 10, Switzerland 12, Denmark 18, Australia 23, the United Kingdom 25, New Zealand 26, Canada 28, and Italy 31. Singapore, Sweden, and Japan have infant mortality rates below 2.8; the United States’ rate is 6.22. Clinicians and scientists in other countries often express surprise at the number of vaccinations recommended in the United States. In 2009, five of the 33 nations with the lowest infant mortality rates required 12 vaccine doses, the least amount, while the United States required the most vaccine doses. Using linear regression analysis of unweighted mean infant mortality rates, Miller calculated a statistically significant high correlation between increasing number of vaccine doses and increasing infant mortality rates (r = 0.992 p value 0.0009).64 Correlation does not equal causation. But since the United States spends more money per capita on medical care than the rest of the industrialized world,65 it seems prudent to examine all possible contributions to the relatively poor health of our most vulnerable citizens - children.

The controversy regarding accepting parent reports about vaccine reactions and subsequent regression remains, but it is increasingly difficult to ignore. Many histories of children with autism involve a seemingly well child developing a high fever, seizure, or neurological deterioration within 24 hours of vaccination and being told by emergency room personnel or their primary care doctors that the vaccine could not have been related to their child’s symptoms. It is prudent to remember that medications and medical interventions including vaccination can cause side effects, that short term vaccine reactions are tracked, and that a federal program exists to provide compensation for children who suffer significant reactions.

Skepticism about parental reports of vaccine reactions is reminiscent of the skepticism with which some physicians regarded parents who reported their child regressed into autism, since autism was thought to be prenatal and therefore present from birth. Parents were vindicated by a study in which before and after videos were viewed and scored by blinded observers who quantified differences and confirmed the existence of regressive autism.66

Universal hepatitis B vaccine at birth was initially recommended in order to insure that babies whose mothers were hepatitis B positive or had unknown hepatitis B status were not missed. Hepatitis B vaccine at birth has been associated with an increased odds ratio of autism in male infants. In one study, U.S. male neonates vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine prior to 1999 had a threefold higher risk for autism compared to boys not vaccinated as neonates. Nonwhite boys bore a greater risk. Some research has documented waning immunity and the need for booster vaccines 15 years after neonatal vaccination.67

There has been a protracted controversy over the role of MMR in autism.68,69 A review of the medical literature review reveals some concerns about giving a live viral vaccine during suboptimal health. Research from Johns Hopkins demonstrated that infection of B lymphocytes with MMR vaccine induced IgE class switching.70

METHODS
Patient Selection

Inclusion criteria were: 1) all general pediatric patients born in 2005 or later; 2) presented for well child care prior to 2 months of birth and 3) followed until at least the age of 2 years and 2 months. Totally 294 patients qualified for the inclusion criteria and have been selected in the current research.

Data Collection
All the patients have been treated and examined utilizing the same well child procedures. The electronic records for all infants cared for in our general pediatrics practice since July 1, 2005 who visited our office from prior to 2 months of age (usually in the first 3-5 days after birth) to at least the age of 2 years and 2 months have been reviewed and examined, since the age range would provide ample opportunity to observe symptoms of autism. Their developmental milestones in the domains of gross and fine motor, speech and language, and social behaviors at each of 11 well child visits in the first 2 years of life have been recorded. The medical record is marked for any child who does not meet milestones. No new cases of autism in our general pediatric practice since it was established in 2000 have been recorded; the current research reports on the cohort born in 2005 or after. CDC prevalence disease data and other published data have been utilized in analysis of this research.

RESULTS
In the current research, there are no new cases of autism out of the 294 cases recognized and recorded, resulting in 0% prevalence of ASD. Based on the CDC background risk of autism of 1 in 50 for the cohort born around 2005 we would expect to have about 6 new cases of autism in our practice. We calculated our statistics using a Chi-squared test with 1 degree of freedom. Using the CDC autism rate of 1 in 50 reported in 2013 (but based on surveys of eight year old children), the expected rate for our 294 patients starting in 2005 would be 5.88 children with autism. Zero new cases of autism would occur by chance 1.4% of the time (p-value 0.014, significant at 0.05).

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DISCUSSION
The author first noticed what seemed to be an increase in neurodevelopmental disorders clinically in the mid 1990’s; several of her patients regressed into autism during that time. Several of those patients who developed autism in the 1990’s are still followed in the practice today. One is a 15 year old male who regressed into autism with the development of chronic diarrhea and loss of language milestones temporally associated with the MMR vaccine. He has not developed much language and now has seizures. Another is a 13 year old female who was reported to have language regression which the parents thought was related to immunizations. She receives special education, occupational therapy and speech therapy and has problems with obsessive compulsive behavior and attention.

In 2000, the author established Advocates for Children to care for children in Central Virginia whose complicated neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems were difficult to address in a traditional, busy office setting. In 2004, she became Medical Director of the Autism Research Institute, which has historically been on the cutting edge of research into medical problems of children with autism, and attended more than 1500 hours of think tanks and lectures that featured emerging evidence about the anatomy, pathophysiology, immunology and biochemistry of autism spectrum disorders. She has listened carefully to the clinical histories provided by the parents of more than 500 children with autism here and abroad. Armed with a better understanding of the science of autism, she incorporated strategies into her general pediatric practice that were designed to minimize potentially modifiable risks of developing autism.

Strategies Utilized at Advocates for Children that Might Impact Autism Prevention
1) Minimizing environmental toxicant exposures...
2) Maximizing breastfeeding prevalence...
3) Recommending probiotics...
4) Nutritional counseling...
5) Antibiotic stewardship...
6) Minimizing use of acetaminophen...

7) Allowing/implementing a modified vaccine schedule

Years of clinical experience and observation, emerging research, and thorough history taking from families with autistic children have helped shape our vaccine strategies at Advocates for Children. While these strategies differ from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines, our schedule complies with Commonwealth of Virginia requirements by kindergarten entrance.

We are concerned that epidemiology may be too blunt a tool to determine all risks for subsets of the population who may be more vulnerable to vaccine reactions due to their unique genetic predispositions and biochemistry. We are concerned about the emerging evidence about the association between autism and mitochondrial dysfunction, and what implications mitochondrial impairment might have for giving vaccines to genetically vulnerable or acutely ill children with increased oxidative stress.76-81

Clinical histories from our patients are considered in addition to research data. We consulted on a patient who developed seizures after a DPT vaccine, had to be airlifted to a major medical center, then regressed in language, social skills, and behavior and was diagnosed with autism. After visiting an estimated 30 specialists along the east coast, he eventually died during the night, presumably from an intractable seizure. The published accounts of a girl who experienced a devastating autistic 82 regression after receiving multiple vaccines at once and the developmentally precocious four year old child of a pediatrician who had evidence of immune dysregulation in retrospect prior to multiple vaccines on the same day followed by a regression into severe autism83 have triggered changes in our decision making processes when confronted with children who need to catch up on vaccines.

Based on the author’s best efforts at integrating the data in the medical literature with the histories of families, and trying to make informed judgments about the risks of vaccine preventable illness and benefits of immunization within the context of human imperfection, the following modified vaccine schedule was developed (Table 2). In addition, we only immunize when children are free of acute illness. As noted above, despite these modifications our schedule complies with Commonwealth of Virginia requirements for school entry.

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Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Aug 26, 2014, 12:03 PM (2 replies)

Note about Dr. David L. Lewis.

http://www.whistleblowers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=71&Itemid=108

National Whistleblowers Center: Meet the Whistleblowers (35)
Note: Dr. Janet Chandler (“As a young attorney President Obama worked on Dr. Chandler’s case. The Supreme Court upheld Dr. Chandler’s lawsuit.”)


http://www.whistleblowers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=74

Dr. David L. Lewis

Dr. David Lewis’ cutting edge scientific research forced the EPA to abandon its policy of promoting the land application of sewage sludge on farm land. Dr. Lewis lost his job and his case in ongoing.

Dr. David Lewis, a former senior research microbiologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research & Development, is the only EPA scientist to publish first-authored research articles in Nature, Lancet and Nature Medicine.

Dr. Lewis is an internationally recognized research microbiologist who discovered, at the University of Georgia (UGA) in the early 1990s, that the AIDS virus could be transmitted by certain types of dental equipment that dentists share between patients. His research, published in Lancet and Nature Medicine, led to the current heat-sterilization standard for dentistry worldwide. He has also studied similar problems with flexible endoscopes used for common medical procedures such as colorectal cancer screening.

As a senior-level (GS-15) research microbiologist for EPA’s Office of Research & Development, Dr. Lewis used DNA-fingerprinting in the late 1990s to study the effects of global climate change on the breakdown of pesticides by bacteria. This research, which he published in Nature, was awarded EPA’s Science Achievement Award. EPA officials who developed the Agency’s sewage sludge regulations, however, moved to shut down his research when he began investigating illnesses and deaths linked to EPA programs promoting the agricultural use of processed sewage sludge. Nevertheless, his research in this area prompted the CDC to issue guidelines protecting workers handling processed sewage sludge.

At UGA, Dr. Lewis directs the Georgia-Oklahoma Center for Research on the Environment. There, he has published additional research articles concerning the public health and the environment, including a first-authored research article in Nature dealing with global climate change. He also organized and published a five-year prospective epidemiological study of hepatitis C cross-infection in Egypt.

Dr. Lewis was awarded the Lexington Leadership Award in 2000 and the Accuracy in Media Award. He is Senior Science Advisor to the National Whistleblowers Center and a member of its Board of Directors. At the NWC, he organizes conferences and other events concerning the use of academic institutions by federal agencies to support government policies and quash independent scientific research. He also works with religious and community groups to foster acceptance of advancing scientific knowledge, promote religious tolerance, and discourage the use of the democratic process to empower religious movements.

Dr. Lewis’ work has been covered in numerous news articles, editorials, and documentaries in a wide variety of professional, scientific and popular publications, and broadcasts including Science, Lancet, JAMA, The Scientist, National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Voice of America, Paul Harvey, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, London Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, PBS Healthweek, PBS Technopolitics, CBS Evening News, ABC’s Primetime Live, and BBC Panorama.

Dr. Lewis is available to speak about scientific fraud and environmental advocacy.

Author: Science for Sale

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Aug 24, 2014, 04:16 PM (0 replies)

"The FBI later arrested Derrick Murray..." Here's to the white mice among us!

http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=8342&a=1

AUDIO AT LINK: Ed Young introduces and shares some of the backstory for creating Seven Blind Mice.

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Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Aug 15, 2014, 01:34 PM (0 replies)

Morbidly, the WSJ hints at unfathomable, unimaginable, real world financial woes.



Coldplay feat Michael Stipe - In The Sun - Live Austin City Limits - 2005
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Aug 12, 2014, 02:56 PM (0 replies)

K&R

LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/11/statement-president-passing-robin-williams
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Aug 11, 2014, 09:22 PM (0 replies)

Lance Armstrong was moving liveSTRONG in that direction and for that I admire him to this day.

TX: http://www.livestrong.org/What-We-Do/Our-Approach/Reports-Findings/Prop-15-Case-Study
CA: http://www.livestrong.org/yeson29/
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 6, 2014, 10:00 PM (2 replies)

More.


http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/the-gatekeepers-director-dror-morehs-oscar-acceptance-would-have-honored-slain-prime-minister-rabin-film-shunned-by-israel

'The Gatekeepers' Director Dror Moreh's Oscar Acceptance Would Have Honored Slain Prime Minister Rabin; Film Shunned by Israel

NEWS BY SOPHIA SAVAGE
MARCH 2, 2013 1:19 PM




Cinemascope has published Dror Moreh's Oscar acceptance speech (which he didn't get to recite on stage because "Searching for Sugar Man" won over his doc "The Gatekeepers". In the speech Moreh dedicates the Oscar to the memory of Israeli prime minister Itzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 by a right-wing Jew "because he dared to dream about peace." That message was continued by "The Gatekeepers." The doc features interviews with six former heads of Israel's Shin Bet (their Secret Service).

In the speech Moreh writes: "We pray that it would echo in the corridors of power in Washington, Berlin, Paris, London and especially in Jerusalem and Ramallah."

Israel has not been supportive of the film, nor of Palestinian film "5 Broken Cameras," which was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Both were Israeli co-productions. Israel's culture minister Limor Livnat--who did not see either film--expressed that she was happy that both lost the award, and urged the nation's filmmakers not to criticize Israel in their work; to practice "self-censorship."

The acceptance speech--crumpled on paper--is above.

Our interview with Moreh is here.

More:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/113433051
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022652003
http://www.democraticunderground.com/113429807

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/29/the_gatekeepers_in_new_film_ex
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 6, 2014, 08:21 PM (0 replies)

LA TIMES: Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, ousted as surgeon general due to his anti-smoking views, dies at 87

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-jesse-steinfeld-20140806-story.html

Dr. Jesse Steinfeld dies at 87; fought tobacco use as surgeon general
By THOMAS H. MAUGH II


SHARELINES: (via Twitter and Facebook)
-- Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, ousted as surgeon general due to his anti-smoking views, dies at 87
-- Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, one of three surgeons general to spearhead the fight against tobacco, dies at 87
-- 'Worst surgeon general ever' --tobacco industry on Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, who has died at 87

August 5, 2014

Three U.S. surgeons general have played the biggest roles in alerting the public to the dangers of tobacco.

In 1964, Dr. Luther Terry issued the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, irrefutably linking smoking with lung disease and other illnesses. The report led to a sharp drop in smoking and to the first warning labels on cigarette packages.

Seven years later, Dr. Jesse L. Steinfeld issued a second report focused on the dangers of secondhand smoke. He proposed what he called the Non-Smoker's Bill of Rights, which said that the country must free non-smokers from the hazards and annoyance of other people's addictions. He strengthened the warning on packages and issued the first ban on smoking in certain government buildings.

In the 1980s, Dr. C. Everett Koop accelerated the war against tobacco, producing the first ban on smoking in airplanes.

The tobacco industry considered Steinfeld's actions so egregious that he was labeled the "worst surgeon general ever." The industry lobbied vigorously for his removal and he became the first surgeon general ever forced out by the president.

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Amazing heroism.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 6, 2014, 02:27 PM (0 replies)
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