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The valid point being missed is that "...even pro-vaccine parents have a threshold of compliance."

In Sweden the total number of recommended vaccines by age five is 11; in the US, it is 36. That's it, in a nutshell.

ASIDE: Comparing under 5 mortality rates between the two populations does not support the thesis that more is better either, by the way. Sweden is #2, the US is #34 in the important chart above. SOURCE: JB HANDLEY of GENERATION RESCUE and FOURTEEN STUDIES

The article cited in the OP touts the marvelous compliance of Swedish parents, as contrasted with Americans. That's a bogus apples to oranges comparison and unfair. "Even pro-vaccine parents have a threshold for compliance," as I recently read (with supporting data).

See: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141001455#post73

Related: http://www.fourteenstudies.org/question.html
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Jan 31, 2015, 04:32 PM (1 replies)

Selectively ignoring inconvenient science is an unsustainable approach.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jan 30, 2015, 11:09 AM (0 replies)

No, Kaiser Permante Chairman Bernard Tyson via CNBC. Watch the video here.



How health care is changing: Kaiser Permanente CEO
Tom DiChristopher
Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:13 AM ET


Health care utilization is not dropping, but shifting toward a greater focus on outpatient care, Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson told CNBC on Friday.

"In our environment, when you're in the hospital, we're already preparing to care for you in the outpatient setting," he said in a "Squawk Box" interview from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "We can get someone out of the hospital faster. However they are handed off to the outpatient side of the organization, so the continuity of care continues, its just in a very different setting."

Tyson said that model helps make health care more affordable for Kaiser Permanente and marks a change from the industry's mindset 30 years ago, when people came to providers, he said. "Now we're distributing care out," he said.


One neutral function of AOA is to simply aggregate autism news. Shouldn't all interested parties find that service useful? Additionally, looking back on their archives, it's fascinating to observe how many of their analyses are confirmed over time.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jan 30, 2015, 11:00 AM (2 replies)

Page 30: "...JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, with whom JUSTICE GINSBERG joins, dissenting."


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jan 30, 2015, 08:41 AM (0 replies)

These aren't mutually exclusive considerations.



...because CDC whistleblower Dr. William W. Thompson (site search)
...because #HearThisWell youtube and twitter (site search)

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jan 29, 2015, 01:53 PM (1 replies)

Why don't you define your terms? ANS: You cannot without insulting the bulk of the world's people.

That is, if you classify as problematic everyone who isn't in 100% compliance with the 2015 US CDC recommended schedule.

For example, I personally received 2 vaccinations (Hep A and Typhoid) a couple of weeks ago in preparation for a trip, but declined the flu vaccine. What am I?

For example, if a person heeds the caveats expressed by CDC whistleblower, Dr. William W Thompson, in the context of absolutely avoiding thimerosal during pregnancy and exercising caution about MMR timing for their infant, what are they?
OVERVIEW: http://healthchoice.org/index.php/news/122-outline-of-significant-developments-in-the-recent-revelations-on-vaccine-safety-research-corruption

For example, if a parent sought to follow the entire MUMPER STUDY protocol, what are they?

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Jan 24, 2015, 11:26 PM (2 replies)

Check it out.


Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes
By Kimberly Kindy August 17, 2014

The explosion of new food additives coupled with an easing of oversight requirements is allowing manufacturers to avoid the scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of chemicals streaming into the food supply.

And in hundreds of cases, the FDA doesn’t even know of the existence of new additives, which can include chemical preservatives, flavorings and thickening agents, records and interviews show.

“We simply do not have the information to vouch for the safety of many of these chemicals,” said Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for food.

The FDA has received thousands of consumer complaints about additives in recent years, saying certain substances seem to trigger asthmatic attacks, serious bouts of vomiting, intestinal-tract disorders and other health problems.

At a pace far faster than in previous years, companies are adding secret ingredients to everything from energy drinks to granola bars. But the more widespread concern among food-safety advocates and some federal regulators is the quickening trend of companies opting for an expedited certification process to a degree never intended when it was established 17 years ago to, in part, help businesses.


Link from: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mmaffini/egcg_secret_gras_chemical_of_concern.html
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jan 23, 2015, 02:12 PM (1 replies)

NAA: Avonte Oquendo’s Mother Invited to Attend State of the Union Address


Avonte Oquendo’s Mother Invited to Attend State of the Union Address
Posted by Lori McIlwain on Jan 20, 2015

In an effort to gain support for Avonte’s Law, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Monday that he has invited Vanessa Fontaine, mother of Avonte Oquendo, to attend the State of the Union Address Tuesday evening according to news reports.

Avonte’s Law would offer protections to prevent – and respond to – wandering incidents, namely in the autism community. The legislation would allocate funding towards assisting families of special needs children in need of tracking devices, as well as provide other services, such as first responder training and education.

In a 2010 presentation before a federal committee, the National Autism Association (NAA) sounded the alarm on autism-related wandering incidents, requesting immediate response, research, training for law enforcement, and tools for families. NAA’s request led to the 2012 study published in Pediatrics, which showed that 49% of children with autism are prone to wandering away from a safe environment, such as school or home. Over the last three years, roughly 15% of wandering incidents reported by the media have ended in death according to NAA.

“NAA is in full support of Avonte’s Law and have used our data and experience with the issue – both on a personal and professional level – to provide the Senator’s office with well-rounded guidance for the legislation that focuses both on prevention and response aids for families,” said NAA President Wendy Fournier. “It is our hope that Ms. Fontaine’s story, and the stories of thousands of autism families, will create swift and thoughtful action to prevent more tragedies like Avonte’s.”

Avonte Oquendo’s remains were found in the East River in January 2014, three months after he left his Queens NY School unsupervised. The 14-year-old had autism and was nonverbal. His disappearance echoed hundreds of similar cases involving a person with autism, including two other children with autism who went missing that same weekend as outlined in a New York Times Op-Ed by NAA.

Individuals with autism are often attracted to water, yet have little to no sense of danger. According to a study published by NAA, accidental drowning is responsible for 91% of deaths following an autism-related wandering incident.

In Schumer’s proposed bill, Avonte’s Law would require the Department of Justice to create a new program that would provide assistance to local authorities, including police departments and schools, to assist children with autism spectrum disorder.

Founded in 2003, NAA is a parent-run advocacy organization and the leading voice on urgent issues related to autism safety, autism abuse, crisis prevention, and autism-related wandering prevention and response. Over the last seven years, NAA has provided $100,000 to law enforcement for tracking devices, distributed over 15,000 wandering-prevention safety boxes to autism families, and created AWAARE.org.

For wandering-prevention resources, please visit


Related: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024778736 (IMO, utterly misguided rejection of NAA)
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jan 23, 2015, 02:01 AM (3 replies)

Special Apple.com homepage tribute today.

SEE: http://www.apple.com
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jan 19, 2015, 09:22 PM (2 replies)

More here on the general issue of safety of food additives.

OVERVIEW: http://www.pewhealth.org/projects/food-additives-project-85899367220


Aug 14, 2013
Project: Food Additives Project

The peer-reviewed journal Reproductive Toxicology published a paper from The Pew Charitable Trusts' food additives project examining the data used to make safety recommendations for chemicals added to food sold in the United States. The analysis of three major sources of toxicology information found significant gaps in the data for chemicals that are added to food and food packaging.

Pew’s analysis reveals:

* The Food and Drug Administration or industry decided that almost two-thirds of known additives were safe without having fed the additives to lab animals. This is based on Pew’s analysis of data reported in FDA, National Institutes of Health, or other leading toxicology databases.

* FDA’s own database on chemicals added directly to food indicates that:

Only one in five chemicals has been evaluated using the simplest lab animal test recommended by FDA to evaluate safety.

Only one in eight chemicals that FDA recommended be evaluated for reproductive or development problems had evidence it was tested for these effects.

* The lack of data means that often we don’t know whether these chemicals pose a health risk to the hundreds of millions of Americans who eat food with untested chemical additives.

The paper analyzed and compared data from the FDA’s Priority-based Assessment of Food Additives database, the Accelrys Toxicity Database of chemical studies, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s TOXLINE database to determine what testing has been done.

The authors note that the current regulatory structure for food additive safety in the United States was approved by Congress in 1958 and allows manufacturers to add chemicals deemed "generally recognized as safe" or "GRAS," to food without review by the FDA. Manufacturers sometimes voluntarily report such safety decisions to FDA.



Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Jan 18, 2015, 11:00 PM (1 replies)
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