Today the Washington Post printed a story entitled, "2013 is the year that proved your ‘paranoid’ friend right." So now that we are all on the same page that the US government is completely run amok, is all up in in everyone's business, and that those of us who trusted that it would look out for our own good (rather than the corporate $$$ interests of their donors or their own profit and power) were naive babies... and that none of the three branches give a crap that you don't like what they are doing... let's look forward to how to avoid the next thing that they are gonna do to piss people off. That right now... of course... we are called crazy for considering might become a possibility.
THE COMING VACCINE PUSH! (who are we kidding... they are constantly pushing...)
Paul Offit, Pharma Face for Vaccines, of course, has been telegraphing this for years. Pharma goes, "what completely insane thing do we wanna do that we know we will never get away with?" Then they tell Offit to write about that thing, then they get their blogdoggies to push that thing, cause God Offit said the thing, then five years later, they are actually pushing the thing out in the open like it is totally sane and people in positions of power to make that thing happen are all... "well yeah... we should do that thing! People have been talking about it for years!" (As they cash the Pharma check.)
We are in the middle of such a thing now. Three years ago Offit was quoted in The Lancet suggesting that parents must complete an education program (to of course tell them what a bad choice they are making) before having the right to opt out of vaccinating their children.
“Offit suggests one way to raise vaccination rates is to make it harder for people not to get themselves or their children vaccinated. This could mean, for example, attending educational classes that teach the public what the safety profiles of different vaccines are, before they are allowed to opt out of vaccination. “You have to convince people that a choice not to get a vaccine is not a risk-free choice; it’s just a choice to take a different risk.”
Jump ahead two years, and what do you know... a pediatrician in the legislature, backed by AAP and every Pharma whore ever... introduces AB2109 in California, requiring that parents must complete an education program (to of course tell them what a bad choice they are making) before having the right to opt out of vaccinating their children. Apparently they had been lobbying for it quietly for at least a year, so by the time it came up for a vote, parents were too late to get legislators on their side.
One year later... what's that Paul Offit? You are teaching an online education program to tell parents what a bad choice they are making if they opt out of vaccinating? YOU DON'T SAY?! Wow... who saw that coming!
How long before these all merge and you have to take Offit's propeganda course before you are ALLOWED to make decisions on what goes into your own body or the bodies of your children in your state/school system/medical practice/profession? Stay tuned to find out.
So let's stop being niave and pretending these things happen organically, rather than being planned in marketing boardrooms years in advance.
On to state vaccine registries.
While no one was noticing... all fifty states set up databases of who has and has not been vaccinated with what. And yes you and your kids are probably in there.
"Ginger, that's crazy! We have medical privacy... surely that would violate our privacy rights!"
Immunization Information System is intended to be a repository for accurate and
up to date immunization records for all persons born, residing, or receiving
vaccine in the State of Maine.
The primary purpose of the system is to collect data related to vaccine
administration, and to promote effective and cost efficient prevention of
vaccine preventable diseases.
Note the language, "all persons." That is me and us and everyone here.
Here is how the program works:
4. Establishment Of The Immunization Information System:
children born in Maine
and registered in the Electronic Birth Certificate system shall have their
demographic data entered into the Immunization Information System (hereinafter
referred to as the “IIS”).
Department may use any birth record, Medicaid record, school record, or
immunization record for the purposes of obtaining an individual’s Immunization
and Demographic Information and entering that Information into the IIS.
Immunization Provider who administers immunizations with vaccines provided by
the Department shall record or report all immunizations administered directly
into the Immunization Information System, or through other methods as approved
by the Department, within five (5) working days of administering the
D. All Patients
will be informed during an initial immunization encounter with an Immunization
Provider of the inclusion of their immunization record and demographic
information into the IIS, and will be provided with the opportunity to opt-out
of the IIS. All Patients will automatically have their immunization and
demographic information maintained in the IIS, unless a Patient states in
writing on a form prescribed by the Department, that he or she wants to opt out
of the IIS.
Note that they are supposed to tell you this ahead of time, and that if you don't want in, you have to opt out. (Hey Mainers... do you even know about this database?)
Here is the bit on confidentiality:
Of The Immunization Information System
information contained in the IIS shall only be disclosed to Authorized Users
and the individual that it identifies, except in the case of an authorized
exchange (as specified in Section 10-C), or in the event of a public health
emergency, as defined by statute.
Users must sign a user agreement in a form prescribed by the Department that
sets forth the terms for using the IIS. Any such Agreement shall include a
confidentiality clause, as well as provisions related to penalties for
Users shall not disclose information from the IIS about an individual except to
another Authorized User when allowed by these rules, or by state and federal
laws addressing patient confidentiality.
Isn't that Adorable?! (Must have been written before 2012.)
Who cares if they know exactly what vaccines you and your kids have had? Well this is where a little clause in the Obamacare law can make things relevant to your interests (emphasis mine):
H.R. 3590 An Act Entitled The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, TITLE IV, Subtitle C-Creating Healthier Communities, section 4204, Immunizations, (b):Demonstration Program To Improve Immunization Coverage- ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shall establish a demonstration program to award grants to States to improve the provision of recommended immunizations for children, adolescents, and adults through the use of evidence-based, population-based interventions for high-risk populations. ‘(2) STATE PLAN- To be eligible for a grant under paragraph (1), a State shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require, including a State plan that describes the interventions to be implemented under the grant and how such interventions match with local needs and capabilities, as determined through consultation with local authorities. ‘(3) USE OF FUNDS- Funds received under a grant under this subsection shall be used to implement interventions that are recommended by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services (as established by the Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or other evidence-based interventions, including-- ‘(A) providing immunization reminders or recalls for target populations of clients, patients, and consumers; ‘(B) educating targeted populations and health care providers concerning immunizations in combination with one or more other interventions; ‘(C) reducing out-of-pocket costs for families for vaccines and their administration; ‘(D) carrying out immunization-promoting strategies for participants or clients of public programs, including assessments of immunization status, referrals to health care providers, education, provision of on-site immunizations, or incentives for immunization; ‘(E) providing for home visits that promote immunization through education, assessments of need, referrals, provision of immunizations, or other services; ‘(F) providing reminders or recalls for immunization providers; ‘(G) conducting assessments of, and providing feedback to, immunization providers; ‘(H) any combination of one or more interventions described in this paragraph; or ‘(I) immunization information systems to allow all States to have electronic databases for immunization records.
States will be given money to come to your house and give your children their "recommended" vaccines. (One bully school system already tried it, took a local news crew along to film it, and they both were sued for it. Video here.)
You know what states love? Money.
Federal Government: "Hey State.... Wanna million dollars to count the number of dots on all the backs of all the salmon in your state?"
State: "Sure... why not
Federal Government: "What about ten million for a door to door vaccination program?"
State: "Hell, yeah!"
The only thing preventing all states from asking for this cash for door to door vaccination? The fear of doors slammed in faces and angry voters calling to yell at the Governor VaxALot.
But I am sure there will be a campaign on the way to get people to accept that too.
So in the mean time. Contact your state IIS and get your names off the database.
Some have asked about how to opt out. Check with your state. Here is how to do it in Maine:
Right To Opt Out Of The Immunization Information System A. Any
individual may choose to be excluded from the IIS, thereby limiting future
access to his or her Immunization Records and Demographic Information from the
IIS, by submitting a signed and witnessed document to his or her Immunization
Provider on a form prescribed by the Department. The Department’s form shall
contain, at a minimum, the following information: (1) the
Patient’s name; (2) the
Patient’s address; (3) the
Patient’s date of birth; (4) the
Patient’s signature; (5) the
Witness’s signature (6) the
Patient’s reason for the requested exclusion; and (7) the
Department address. B. The Patient is responsible for
notifying any Immunization Provider at each encounter of the decision to be
excluded from the IIS. No Immunization Provider or health plan shall be liable
for entering a previously excluded Patient into the Registry if that Patient
did not provide that Immunization Provider or health plan with written notice
of the exclusion. This rule does not relieve the excluded Patient from the
obligation to comply with current immunization requirements set forth in State
Law. C. Upon being notified that a Patient
wants to be excluded from the IIS, the Immunization Provider is responsible for
opting out that Patient from the IIS, and continues to be responsible for the
maintenance of appropriate immunization record keeping for the Patient. D. In the event that an individual does not
have an Immunization Provider, that Patient shall notify the Department
directly in writing on the prescribed form of his or her decision to be
excluded from the IIS.
So biomed mom Shannon Strayhorn took a class on from my alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, on vaccine trials. She offers us a little insight into the brain washing that is taking place inside the halls of "higher learning."
So I took a class this summer from Johns Hopkins on VAX trials. The class was "Vaccine Trials: Methods and Best Practice". I started taking as many vaccine/health/eviro health classes as possible because I think we need to approach the subject from every imaginable way. Knowing what is being taught and what kind of conversations are bring had is important to being able to provide truth in a public way. Of course every time I said something they would say it has to be backed up with science (I had all the links on there).
They would not read them. Then they would respond that they needed to be peer reviewed medical/science papers (they were if they bothered to read). Then without reading they would repeat again that there is no science.
I would bang my head and once again share all the links (pages of them). Then I would get "well millions of them couldn't possibly be wrong" (Ha!).
In response of course I asked them to read the science and feel free to counter it with their own to prove me wrong (none could or did-not one paper). So then they would give me their resumes...blablabla...I have a PhD, I work in the industry, etc.
So of course I shut up...NOT!
I kindly said while I am soooooo impressed with their degrees and careers that I find it scary that someone so educated could in fact get to that point considering they couldn't even be bothered to read the science, and couldn't counter one little mom like myself. I asked if it was necessary to post my resume too? I was told we are just parents who are so clueless and don't understand what the difference is between causation and correlation, that the discussion was going to be stopped because it was off topic, and that it wasn't necessary to counter what I shared because the science was in and definite. Definitely in.
Bahahaha....oh it is in....but it is clearly not showing what they want!
It was completely out of their typical playbook:
1. Deny science.
2. Pretend parents are dumb.
3. Make it all about Wakefield and say things he never said.
4. Pretend no other science exists.
5. Use your PhD to convince people they must believe you because you are smarter.
6. When panicked reference their idol Offit.
7. Deny any corruption or financial ties unless you need to defend why you think Wakefield was wrong in which case that is allowed.
8. Claim correlation and say how you understand the stupid parents are desperate and how bad you feel for not having answers and in same breathe say they must not understand science.
9. Deny any and all proof that pharma has a history of lies and corruption and if someone points that way redirect and say how awesome of a job you do taking safety as the priority.
10. Pretend you have no idea who Thorsen is or if pressed claim it doesn't matter.
11. Use terms like "studies in other countries" (because people won't know) or say crap like "mercury has been removed" (use MMR because you think that is what we want to hear) or if all else fails talk about antigens.
12. Blame parents.
13. Accuse parents of following newspapers, and celebrities.
14. Repeat there is no science.
15. Repeat your degree.
Oh and i totally fell for that too....because you know I am just another desperate, uneducated, Mom, who clearly knows nothing. Bring it on!!
Just for the record I will say that the discussion is mostly driven by those enrolled and the instructors mainly just redirected and said these subjects where off topic although we did get into it over the idea that the science is "in". The peers if you will, carried the wonderful condescending comments. The class itself was not very controversial and really about just what "should be done and how in trials" and other than the discussions and a few things I personally didn't agree with, it was not a bad class and actually refreshing seeing a different side (by the books without corruption-the way things should be!
P.S. Ended with a 98% in the class. No clue how that is possible when I am so dumb.
Seems they just wander around campus repeating, "There is no science. There is no science. There is no science." Sorry to break it to ya... but there is more than just a little bit of science.
No wonder it is getting so easy for us to do this work. They just get more and more absurd.
This course will explore the process of evaluating investigational vaccines in clinical trials including informed consent, recruitment, enrollment, safety evaluation, and quality data collection.
About the Course
Vaccines are evaluated through a series of clearly defined controlled studies to assess these investigational products for safety, immunogenicity and efficacy before they are approved for licensure. All clinical vaccine trials are bound by international ethical guidelines and, in the case of US trials, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.
Good Clinical Practice is defined by the International Conferences on Harmonization (ICH) as: “A standard for the design, conduct, performance, monitoring, auditing, recording, analysis, and reporting of clinical trials that provides assurance that the data and reported results are credible and accurate, and that the rights, integrity and confidentiality of trial subjects are protected.”
That’s a tall order, so how is it done? Individuals who enroll as subjects in these trials play an essential role in the development and evaluation of new and improved candidate vaccines. They are average citizens who volunteer to roll up their sleeves and, in the process, make a tremendous difference in society. So why do they volunteer and what safeguards do we put in place to protect their rights, safety and well-being while in the trial? What are the responsibilities of the investigators, sponsors and ethics committees who conduct and oversee these trials?
Along with our colleagues, we will introduce you to how GCP is applied in clinical vaccine trials to ensure proper and ethical scientific conduct. The course will use examples from real vaccine trials to demonstrate the application of the FDA Code of Federal Regulations and ICH GCP Guidelines to explore methods and best practices involved in implementing phase I and II vaccine clinical trials. This short course offering through Coursera is based on our work at the Center for Immunization Research and an in-depth graduate course taught at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
We hope it inspires you to work in this exciting field.
This course will cover the following topics: A brief review of vaccine history and types; how vaccine trials are conducted, including which data are collected and how those data are managed and evaluated; appropriate processes to ensure human subjects protection and informed consent; methods for recruitment and enrollment of participants; and vaccine safety assessment. Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the types of vaccines in use today
Describe how vaccines are evaluated in phase I and II clinical trials
Identify key regulatory requirements, considerations and ethical standards for human subjects protection and informed consent.
Discuss how clinical trials are conducted with an emphasis on quality data and protection of the rights, safety and well-being of volunteers.
The pre-requisite for this class is a basic understanding of vaccines. For those without this background, the CDC Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (Pink book) is an available resource providing information on routinely used vaccines and the diseases they prevent! http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/index.html.
A course on Vaccines is also taught by Paul Offit through Coursera which may be helpful to those enrolling in this course but is not required.
The course will involve weekly lectures followed by a short assessment assignment.
Who should enroll in this course?
The audience for this class includes: Those currently working in clinical trials, pre-clinical development, regulatory and ethical review of research and students of public health, medicine, nursing, and biological sciences
Do I need a textbook for this course?
All the material needed for this course can be found on the web or within the lectures. The course will reference the US Code of Federal Regulations 21 CFR 50, 56 and 312 and the ICH Standards of Good Clinical Practice E6. You can also find electronic versions on the web. USFDA and ICH GCP E6. For those with strong interest in this field, we recommend that you purchase a printed GCP reference book at www.clinicalresearchresources.com.
- Week 1
Course Overview (Karen Charron and Amber Cox)
Lecture 1: Type of Vaccines, How Vaccines are Administered, and the Vaccine Development Process (Neal Halsey)
Lecture 2: Essential Elements of a Vaccine Protocol (Karen Charron)
- Week 2
Lecture 3: Characteristics and Outcomes of Vaccine Trials (Clayton Harro)
Lecture 4: Protection of Human Subjects (Amber Cox)
- Week 3
Lecture 5: Vaccine Trials in Pediatric Populations (Elizabeth Schappell)
Lecture 6: Vaccine Management and Preparation (Hye Kim and Vivian Rexroad)
- Week 4
Lecture 7: Data Management, Quality Assurance, and Quality Control (Karen Charron)
- Week 5
Lecture 8: Community Involvement and Recruitment (James Williams)
Lecture 9: Study Start-Up and Implementation (Karen Charron)
- Week 6
Lecture 10: Screening Volunteers (Karen Charron)
Lecture 11: Enrollment and Implementation Procedures (Karen Charron)
- Week 7
Lecture 12: Safety Assessments and Management of Adverse Events (Anna Durbin)
So the Actual Reporter, eagle eye Sharyll Attkisson posted this note on her facebook page... and apparently CDC has had the following on their autism page on the CDC web site for 18 months:
Causes and Risk Factors
We do not know all of the causes of ASDs. However, we have learned that there are likely many causes for multiple types of ASDs. There may be many different factors that make a child more likely to have an ASD, including environmental, biologic and genetic factors.
Most scientists agree that genes are one of the risk factors that can make a person more likely to develop an ASD.
Children who have a sibling or parent with an ASD are at a higher risk of also having an ASD.
ASDs tend to occur more often in people who have certain genetic or chromosomal conditions. About 10% of children with ASDs also have been identified as having Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, or other genetic and chromosomal disorders.
When taken during pregnancy, the prescription drugs valproic acid and thalidomide have been linked with a higher risk of ASDs.
We know that the once common belief that poor parenting practices cause ASDs is not true.
There is some evidence that the critical period for developing ASDs occurs before birth. However, concerns about vaccines and infections have led researchers to consider risk factors before and after birth.
A small percentage of children who are born prematurely or with low birthweight are at greater risk for having ASDs.
ASDs continue to be an important public health concern. Like the many families living with ASDs, CDC wants to find out what causes the disorder. Understanding the risk factors that make a person more likely to develop an ASD will help us learn more about the causes. We are currently working on one of the largest U.S. studies to date, called Study to Explore Early Development (SEED). SEED is looking at many possible risk factors for ASDs, including genetic, environmental, pregnancy, and behavioral factors.
I laughed when I first read that bullet point I highlighted. Took a team of lawyers to craft that one, now didn't it!
Thalia Michelle and Rainna Moran were promoting the Thinking Mom's Revolution book, and went on a local New Orleans station to discuss on a show called The 504 with Melanie Hebert. They also had a local ABA therapist, PhD Koren Boggs. Boggs did not like their vaccine stance, it got heated, so Ms. Hebert had Boggs and TMR back on the following night to debate the issue. Kim Spencer was up for TMR this time, and wiped the floor with Boggs, who actually even repeated the "thimerosal in the MMR" cluelessness.
So I got mad, wrote this piece, and made this video, which ran last week on the TMR blog:
Dr. Koran Boggs Is An Idiot
harsh... I know... but I can't take this crap any more. She should know better.
It has been
NINE YEARS for me since my son regressed after DTaP, Hep B and three other
shots, while I have to hear the lie that, "there is no association between
vaccines and autism," repeated over and over and over and over... That made me nuts back when there were less
than ten research papers that showed a link, and now I know of 70!
Including one that showed that our own federal government has paid at least 83
autism cases from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, while also
pretending that vaccines could not possibly cause autism.
I just can't stand the deceit any more.
So when I
saw Kim's debate with Dr. Koran Boggs, I got so angry I had to stop half way
through and take a long break just so I didn't have a neurological event.
Then I just needed to rant:
You can see
why the seasoned Pharma/Public Health talking heads never agree to be in a
debate with any of us. They can't get
away with the usual BS talking points.
So the list
of research is growing steadily, as more people see it and sent me studies that
I have missed, so these links will be updated regularly. You can view it on my blog,
to share there, or in a Word
doc. Please spread them around any time
you hear the lie that "the vaccine/autism causation theory has been
debunked because is based on one retracted British study and the opinion of a
playboy model and that there is not one study that supports the theory that
vaccines cause autism."
In fact, share them right now. Then
share this video.
And here is the information on Bill
Posey bill's to force the vaxxed/unvaxxed study that CDC still won't do
after thirty plus years. Call your
congressman and ask him to be a co-sponsor.
Do it. And then share it too.
"The MMR vaccination rate in the city of Yokohama declined significantly
in the birth cohorts of years 1988 through 1992, and not a single vaccination
was administered in 1993 or thereafter."
when you read the actual study itself, you find that the
study was done when Japan
(which using the MMR with the Urabe strain Mumps vaccine) realized that it was
causing meningitis, and yanked the vaccine.
They replaced it with the single dose version of the Measles vaccine,
the Mumps vaccine and the Rubella vaccine:
"However, due to a
high frequency of reports of aseptic meningitis, a suspected side effect of the
mumps vaccine (Urabe strain), the program was terminated in April 1993.
Subsequently, only monovalent vaccines were administered. Following a reform of
the Immunization Law in 1994, measles and rubella vaccinations were each
specified for children between the ages of 12 and 90 months (the measles
vaccine was recommended between 12 and 24 months of age and the rubella
vaccine between 12 and 36 months). The mumps vaccination was voluntary and
aimed at children one year of age or older who had not contracted mumps. It was
also stipulated that an interval of at least four weeks separate administration
So this not a vaxxed v. unvaxxed study, this is a vaxxed v. vaxxed slightly
differently study. The way this study is done, it actually asks the question, "is
the MMR that Japan
was using the SOLE cause of autism."
And not one person in the debate thought the MMR was the only cause of
autism at the time. In 2005 when the
study was published, David Kirby had just written Evidence of Harm, parents were trying to find Hg free vaccines and
as we know... Thimerosal was never in the MMR.
If anything is to be gained at all from this study, it is evidence that
splitting up the MMR vaccine into individual shots may not be of any help in
avoiding an autism regression.
And we can see that from her poor understanding of the Honda study, Dr. Boggs
either ONLY read the abstract, and made some assumptions, or someone just told
her that this was a vaxxed/unvaxxed study and she didn't bother to check for
herself. (Likely the same person who
told her that there is no research that supports the vaccine/autism causation
And here is
CDC's MMWR on
the chelation deaths. 1 boy with
autism. 1 girl with lead poisoning, both
accidently given Na2EDTA instead of the appropriate drug for them, CaEDTA, with
which they had both been treated successfully prior to the drug mix up. A third woman died, believed to be using the
same version of EDTA, and all three deaths were associated with hypocalcemia
(basically the Na2EDTA pulled all the calcium out of their blood.) In talking with docs, it is my understanding
that Calcium EDTA is now becoming the standard drug for chelating both adults
and children. We chelated our own son
with IV CaEDTA with wonderful results and no side effects.
So, to Dr.
Boggs... Kim said you were wrong, and as we see here, you were wrong. No Thimerosal in the MMR, vaxxed/unvaxxed
autism research does not exist per CDC's own testimony under oath only 8 months
ago, and we have presented here 70 research papers that show not just one, but
MANY links between vaccines and autism.
your formal letter retracting your false claims, and I believe it would be most
appropriate for you to send the letter to Ms. Hebert so it may be read on her
show, "The 504," where you disseminated your errant information in
the first place.
is all about the science... and the children... right?
That same day I wrote to Boggs, and copied her director at Children's Hospital of New Orleans and the reporter who aired the stories:
-------- Original Message --------
Your 504 debate appearance
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:39:47 -0400
Spencer, Jodi Kamps , Melanie Hebert
Dear Dr. Boggs,
I am the mother of a child who regressed into autism following his
18 month vaccines and now work in vaccine safety advocacy nearly
full time. I hold a Masters of Science from Johns Hopkins in
mental health, and I am currently providing research for the
House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform for their
upcoming hearings into the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation
Program (the second in this past year their series on vaccine
safety, autism, and associated disorders.)
As some one who has been looking at the vaccine/autism issue for
almost a decade, while working to heal my son, it was extremely
upsetting to me to hear you repeating falsehoods on your
appearance on The 504.
I was moved to make a video addressing you directly and taking
apart your claims. It is now posted, along with a letter and
links disproving your statements, on the Thinking Mom's Revolution
web site. http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/when-doctors-lie-oh-hell-no/
It is harsh and direct (deservedly, I believe), and I am hoping
that it will humble you to the point that you examine yourself and
your claims, and that you will do the right thing and retract your
1. There was mercury in the MMR. (You have confused two
different autism causation theories)
2. That there is vaccinated v. unvaccinated autism research.
(Note the video of the CDC being forced under oath eight months
ago to admit there is none.)
3. There is no research supporting vaccine autism causation, and
the entire theory is based on one study published fifteen years
Studies that show a link.)
I await your reply to my video and demand for a formal
retraction. Kim Spencer was right, and you do a disservice to
your credibility, to Ms. Spencer, and to all those affected by
autism, by letting your errant pronouncements stand.
CDC recommended childhood vaccine schedule, pre/post 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act that gave complete liability protection to the vaccine industry, public health and medical professionals:
Full video and testimony in Darrell Issa's House Committee Oversight & Government Reform on the Federal Response to the Autism Epidemic, "1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism," which began to explore the vaccine/autism question:
Two weeks ago I attended a festival, and decided to take my boys there and camp out. For a week.
"Camping for a week in the mountains with a child with autism... are you mad?" You must be thinking.
Yeah. I guess. But we stopped locking our house from the inside a year ago, and I have let him and his brother walk two blocks to the natural health food store alone (we live in a small town in Maine, so not exactly the biggest danger zone.)
So when I decided to take the boys, I put a shout out to local friends for someone to loan me a tracker, but no one had one, and I didn't have time to order one, so I had to buy one local. The best thing I could find was a hunting dog tracker at LL Bean. The Garmin Astro.
When I started looking at it, I was all... "ummm this is kinda great for what we are doing"... It is to track dogs in the woods.
It ended up being my only option... and $625 bucks... but I figured I would happily pay that much to get Chandler back if he got lost in the woods... so we snapped it up, threw nine thousand lbs of our friends camping equipment into the car and drove north to try to figure out how the heck to do this "camping" that so many speak of.
I was sure Chandler would not wander off. But he did. I was in a lecture, listening to Milton Freidman's son discuss his ideas on how a completely anarchist society would function, and moved chairs to see better. I told Web, but not Chandler, and he went looking for me, out side of the pavilion.
So... actually it was my fault.
By the time Web noticed (he was playing Minecraft) and told me, I whipped out the tracker and located him... but the super awesome security staff, who I had already briefed Chandler on, had already found him and was bringing him back. He was walking around asking, "Have you seen my Mom?"
Thrilled the tracker worked, and realizing that he actually was doing what any normal kid would do when they could not find their mom, I though... "perhaps I have under estimated the boy." So I decided to lengthen the leash a bit, as it were.
We had been there for three days, and knew the place well. So we spent the rest of the day testing out the electronic leash. I gave the boys tasks to do, (go to the Juice Caboose and buy organic smoothies, then to the bathroom, then back to the tent and you guys can play video games.) Then I would wait for them to get out of sight and track them with the Astro.
And they were great!
Families had been playing "Humans v. Zombies" all week, where they divide up, chase each other all over the camp grounds, and the last human alive wins. So I decided to let them play while I went to another lecture. I watched them run around the camp (could even tell when they got into skirmishes with zombies, because their path would go all zig zag. After an hour, Chandler got hot and quit... a HUGE win for autism world! He got to play like a normal kid until he felt like quitting!
So when we got home, Dad took the boys out with the tracker and mapped the place we go in town. Natural food store, Library, gelato shop, all within four blocks... so the boys can start going on more adventures together.
Anyway... no it is not a kid tracker, it is a dog tracker... and it funny when he stops somewhere and it tells me that, "Chandler has treed his quarry." But I kinda love the thing.
And no contract is needed. Which is also nice.
So today he walks up to me and says, "Mom... put my tracker on... I am going to the store by myself to get stuff to make pizza!"