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Liz
3rd generation Californian woman with wide-ranging interests.
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There are two antivaccine posts circulating. Each is filled with errors, misstatements, and outright falsehoods. One was posted April 7, 2014 at the Giannelloni Family Blog, under the title of "Dear Parents, You Are Being Lied To". Another was posted... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at I Speak of Dreams
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Meyer Lemon Curd You’ll need: A double boiler, bain marie, or McGyver-style: heat-proof bowl (metal is best, or heat-proof glass; just make sure it’s heat-proof) and a saucepan big enough to hold the bowl over, not in, simmering water. A... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at I Speak of Dreams
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For those of you who aren't conversant with issues in the autism community, elopement or wandering off can be a high safety risk for autistic people, especially children and those who do not have much expressive oral language, or who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
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Updated April 12, 2014 Last week, The first week of April, 2014, the restaurant chain Chili's was promoting a Give-Back Day, promising 10% of receipts would go to an organization called the National Autism Association. On Sunday, Chili's cancelled the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
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Update: about 2 pm on Sunday, April 6, 2014, Chili's posted the following to their Facebook Page: Chili's is committed to giving back to the communities in which our guests live and work through local and national Give Back Events.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
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Update: I wrote this post because Chili's was planning a "Give Back" day, funding the National Autism Association for Monday, April 7, 2014. As of Sunday, April 6, 2014, that event has been cancelled. The data on NAA is still... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
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Today, March 15, 2014, is the day selected for a social networking push for awareness of dyslexia, started by the Decoding Dyslexia grass-roots movement, keying off the 1in5Initiative powered by Learning Ally. What will it take to get school districts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
Stefani, who writes the blog C'est Si Bon, gave birth to a lovely baby girl, Olive, on January 13, 2014. On February 14, 2014, Olive was rushed to the hospital where she was found to have a dangerously low core... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
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It all started with this: [Text: I usually try to stay away from "TRIGGER WARNING" posts, but this has me pretty livid, and it's a perfect example of how despicable the hardcore anti-vax side can be. Content in comments. ***TRIGGER... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
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Courtesy of a pro-vax friend, MKB, who copy-pasta'd the second paragraph from an anti-vaccine activist. . Claims in the text: Dr. Wakefied's research never claimed vaccines cause Autism. TRUE-ISH [Wakefield's] His research showed that vaccines cause intestinal damage --FALSE! that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
The short answer is no. Those 28 papers have been examined carefully, rebutted by my vaccine-advocate colleague Chris on April 30, 2011 posting in the comments at Shot of Prevention myself on May 2, 2011, commenting on a different post... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
The short answer is no. As we saw in Is It True That One Doctor Supposedly Debunked Andrew Wakefield's Autism Research?, Wakefield's ideas were addressed and found wanting by scores of researchers. As it turns out, a junior author on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
This is true-ish (yes, the Murdoch media empire is huge) but meaningless in the context of the Age of the Internet. Wakefield is still broadcasting his ideas to millions, using vehicles such as Mercola.com and the National Vaccine [mis]Information Program,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
The short answer is no. As we saw in Is It True That One Doctor Supposedly Debunked Andrew Wakefield's Autism Research?, no one doctor debunked Wakefield's research; it was a veritable international army of physicians, epidemiologists, and other researchers. If... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
Well, maybe. If you imagine that every trivalent vaccine (measles-mumps-rubella) ever given in the whole world was created, licensed, and manufactured by Merck, then yes. If you understand that (more or less) 196 countries in the world may each have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
The short answer is no. As we saw in Is It True That One Doctor Supposedly Debunked Andrew Wakefield's Autism Research?, no one doctor debunked Wakefield's research; it was a veritable international army of physicians, epidemiologists, and other researchers. If... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
The short answer is no, there is not one physician; the person who did most to uncover Wakefield's fraudulent research is a UK investigative journalist, Brian Deer. Here's the claim: Wakefied's research never claimed vaccines cause Autism. His research showed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
The short answer is no. Toxins have not been shown to cause autism. The longer answer is that approaches to autism that seek to repair non-existent 'toxicity' are heavily marketed, despite having no evidence of efficacy and being dangerous to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
The short answer is no. And no, vaccinations of any kind do not cause autism. This is part of the whole myth about "leaky gut". First, the evidence, then the myth. At present, there are no biologically-based tests that can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
The short version: scant evidence for "leaky gut syndrome" at all; none for it being caused by vaccines; none for it being a defining or causal characteristic in autism. Let's start with some definitions. "Leaky gut", formally, is "intestinal permeability",... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
The short answer is no and no. No vaccine-strain virus persistent in the gut; and no unique intestinal damage in autism. The longer answer: In addition to the retracted 1998 paper, Wakefield was a co-author on a 2002 paper. which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
It is true-ish. Wakefield's now-retracted paper, "Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children" did not claim to show that vaccines cause autism, and concluded: “We did not prove an association between measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
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January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in 1945, was declared International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust by the United Nations in 2005. The memorial day this year is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
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On January 24, 2014, I became aware that an issue I thought had been resolved in 2012 was in fact a live issue. Alyssa has just published Autism Speaks Are Work-Stealing, White-Texting Liars. Edited to add: I apologize, I forgot... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams
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Three Days of Shilling 23-25 June, Bilderberg Hotel Come join your fellow pharma shills and we share our experiences lying to the anti-vaccers abou the true horrors of vaccines and medicine All details at http://conference.sageofautism.com/ Keep up with pharma shill... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at I Speak of Dreams