I was an anti-vax crackpot

Alternatively entitled: how a bout of the poops changed my entire belief system.

{This article is a helpful literal interpretation of the NY Post piece that ran yesterday. Read it with a grain of aluminum salt.}

Editor’s note: A new study from the AAP– an agency that has endorsed eradicating all religious and personal belief vaccine exemptions, and encourages pediatricians to kick unvaccinated patients out of their practices– reveals that pediatricians who have encountered at least one unvaccinated child in their careers has risen from 74.5% to 87% between 2006 and 2013. Why it took three years to publish a survey is not mentioned, nor is the reason why 13% of pediatricians have never in their entire careers met one single unvaccinated child in this epidemic of unvaccination. For once, better detection methods are not blamed for a rise. 

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Mother Kristy O’Leary explains why she was staunchly anti-vax until she had a frightening wake-up call. In her own words:

My three-year old daughter screamed out in agonizing pain as her stomach cramped, dehydrated and pooping around the clock. Yes, that’s right. She had rotavirus, a kind of diarrhea that is potentially deadly in third world countries where Nestle has convinced new mothers that it is better to sacrifice all else in their lives in order to afford to buy Nestle’s baby formula and mix it with bacteria and virus-infected water than to feed their infants milk from their own breasts.

Granted, rotavirus isn’t a deadly disease in America where I live, but I’ve always had a flair for drama.

Despite the fact that the CDC estimates that by my daughter’s age, almost all children– vaccinated or not– have had rotavirus, having witnessed a bad case of the runs in my own child, I am now of the belief that this magical vaccine would have prevented my daughter’s infection entirely. And I know that the silly scientists at the CDC say that a rotavirus infection only lasts three to eight days, but my daughter had it for 21 straight days!  That’s how susceptible she was.

Anyway, the guilt was overwhelming, but I thanked my lucky stars that my daughter was not a medically fragile, starving African baby drinking fecal-matter infested water– exactly the kind of child that rotavirus can snatch from this world in a heartbeat.

Then came the kicker: my husband and I both got the horrible rota ourselves. Yes, I realize this is a statistical impossibility since we should both be immune from toddlerhood infection of the common strains, but that’s what happened. We had a bad case of the baby poops at 40 years old, and that’s what made me finally see the error of my anti-vax ways.

I’m smart, educated, and was raised in a crunchy family that questioned authority. It was only natural that my haughtiness led me to being anti-vaccine. Nothing says “admired pillar of the community” like announcing to the neighborhood that you don’t vaccinate for pertussis. I was truly superior to the vaccinators, as everyone knows all anti-vaxers are, and I was treated as such. Never once did I feel marginalized as taking the advice of a Playboy bunny.

I was a special anti-vaxer, because while I did not believe that vaccines were safe or effective, I truly believed in the theory of herd immunity, and laughed myself to sleep at night thinking of how everyone else in the world absorbed the risks of vaccinating, and my child was taking advantage of it.

Thankfully, in the end, our entire family pulled through this terrible case of the poops with cutting edge medical advice: rest and rehydration.

Then, after the non-deadly Disneyland measles epidemic that infected 0.0004% of the population of California, I started reading books by the rotavirus vaccine inventor Paul Offit and taking the advice of loony tunes Seth Mnookin.

Straightaway I took my daughter to her vaccine-friendly pediatrician and demanded that she be “caught up” on all vaccines on a schedule that was overly aggressive even for a pediatrician. Yes, it was really that easy. Just overnight my entire belief system went out the window once I had a bad case of the poops. I even tried to get a poop vaccine for myself, but it turns out they won’t administer it to anyone over the age of eight months. I wonder why that is?

I was shocked when I lost some of my anti-vax friends over my reckless actions with my child; it’s almost as if they think I went off the deep end or something. But, if my story of having to poop real bad changes the mind of even one anti-vaxer, it’s worth embarrassing myself with all of the inaccurate information I have shared here.

Sincerely,

Kristy O’Leary

{For the satire-impaired, this article is a joke, written in response to an article that was not a joke. The link to the original piece is in blue, at the top.}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Done playing nice

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We’ve seen it time and time again in the past four years. People on our side try going about their business, living their lives. People on their side are giving handjobs to politicians and taking away our parenting rights. They’re always making offensive moves, pushing through new legislation each year, and we’re sitting around trying to predict how to respond to it.

California passed SB 277 and we filed a law suit a year later. Texas tried passing something like 13 vaccination laws in 2015 and we showed up and defeated every one. They started infiltrating our Florida and Texas public schools with flu shots and coercive letters and the Texans for Vaccine Choice sent cease and desist letters.

And now they’ve gone after Dr. Sears.

You know what? Screw that. I’m done playing nice. Done acting like this has been some kind of civil discussion for the past four years. In this last quarter of 2016 I’m going on the offensive, and I hope you join me because this is going to be fun.

None of this was my idea but there’s no need to name the guy who came up with this plan if you know him, so don’t go putting his name in the comments.

Here’s the plan: if you’ve got a kid who became autistic, allergic, epileptic, or diabetic after childhood vaccines, you’ve got to file a complaint against that doctor. Gone are the days of being told it was a coincidence. No more will we quietly find a like-minded physician and transfer care. Today is the day to take the first step to standing up and saying, “What happened to my child was unacceptable, and it’s time they answer for it.”

It’s not going to be difficult and I’ll hold your hand through it. Let’s do it together. Four easy steps.

The first thing is to order your child’s medical records.  You are entitled to ALL records under HIPAA. Handwritten notes, vaccine records, everything. Your (hopefully former) doctor’s office has the right to charge you a reasonable fee for copying the records, so be prepared to pay up to $20 or $30 for the service. They’ll probably send you a credit card authorization form first, or you can leave a check if you go to the office in person to make the request. If you call, they might ask you to email them a written request, so be prepared to jump through a couple of hoops, no big deal. Just play along.

If you don’t receive the records within five working days call and email them again and let them know you’re on the brink of filing a HIPAA complaint if you don’t get them emailed or faxed to you immediately. The records will miraculously appear within a half hour.

Step two: examine the records.  Your child’s vaccine reaction is not documented?  You don’t say! No mention of high pitched screaming? No concern about the blank stare? No neurological exam when the head circumference rocketed to the 90th percentile?

Was your doctor one of the 30% whose office doesn’t even bother to provide you with the Federally mandated Vaccine Information Sheet describing vaccine reactions and telling you about Vaccine Court? Inexcusable.

Did your doctor file a VAERS complaint like they are obligated to? Of course not.

All of this will go in your complaint to your own state’s medical board.

Step three: look up the complaint form for your state’s medical board. I’m guessing all of this is available to do online now. I don’t have the bandwith to look up the medical boards for all 50 states, so just Google your state’s name with the words “file complaint” and “medical board.” It’ll pop up.

If you’re in California, please do this immediately. This board needs their noses rubbed in their own stinking pile of crap more than anyone. Click here for the online form for the California medical board. New York isn’t far behind, so click here.  Texas needs a booster kick in the nuts, so click here.  Mississippi…  I just can’t even. Click here.

Step four: write your complaint. Detail how your child reacted to vaccines, how you dutifully brought your child in only to have your concerns swept under the rug. Maybe more vaccines were given. VAERS was not contacted. If you asked your doctor to file with VAERS and they refused, include it. MAKE SURE TO MENTION HOW POOR THE MEDICAL RECORDS ARE IN REFLECTING THE DETAILS OF YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH. Then, the kicker. Tell them this doctor caused your child’s autism. Tell them the doctor caused your child’s food allergies. Tell them the doctor caused the epilepsy, caused the diabetes. They recklessly administered vaccines without an examination for vaccine fitness, and they violated the standard of care by continuing to vaccinate, failing to perform proper examinations, and giving terrible medical advice. Did you get kicked out when you tried to save your child’s life by stopping the vaccines? Tell the board your story.

Then come back here and tell me all about it, because I can’t wait to hear how you feel after doing it.

If you find out that your state has a statute of limitations that expired 7 years after your child turned 18, who cares? File the complaint anyway. Make them listen to you. Make them respond. I want 5,000 complaints filed nationwide by Christmas. I want paperpushers working overtime to address your concerns. I want holiday vacations canceled. I want the damage done to your child to cost millions of dollars in administrative attention in the next few months.

We are going to send the message that each time they mess with one of our own, they will get it back at themselves 1,000 times worse. What we lack in financial resources we make up for in manpower, and we will not be ignored any longer.

But more than anything, I want this atrocity to stop.

Then, go donate to the Dr. Sears defense fund. He was there for us, and we must be there for him.

 

 

 

The Dr. Sears allegations explained

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Two and a half years ago a mother brought her two-year-old son to see Dr. Bob Sears at his office for the first time, where she described to Dr. Sears that her child’s renal and digestive systems went into shock after his first round of vaccines at two months old, and that the baby was limp as a ragdoll for 24 hours after his next round one month later. We don’t know what records she shared with Dr. Sears then or later, but we know that Dr. Sears wrote a letter of exemption from vaccination for the boy. As almost all general practitioner doctor records are, the notes in this case were brief and didn’t include a detailed narrative.

The boy was seen four more times in the next year for severe constipation and severe ear infections, and we all know what that sounds like. At some point the mother brought the child in two weeks after his father allegedly hit his son on the head with a hammer, so I’m guessing either the father is a piece of trash that beats up on a kid, or the mom is a piece of trash who makes up allegations against a spouse she doesn’t like. By my reading of the complaint, Dr. Sears did make a Child Protective Services referral that was closed. Clearly, there was some drama up in these parents’ lives.

Flying in the face of their own testimony on SB 277, on September 2nd the California Medical Board filed an accusation against Dr. Sears regarding this child he’d written a vaccine exemption for. Click that link to download the complaint.

The board’s first allegation wraps up by saying that Dr. Sears screwed up by not getting a history of the vaccines the boy had in the past, as well as the reactions that occurred from those vaccines. We don’t know whether the mother brought in a shot card that wasn’t copied into the Sears file, and we don’t know if her previous doctor refused to document the vaccine reactions, as we all know happens all the time.

The second allegation says that Dr. Sears failed to conduct a neurological test on the boy two weeks after his father allegedly hit him with a hammer, in the incident that CPS closed . Does this mean Dr. Sears failed to see if the kids’ eyes tracked equally? How could they possibly know he didn’t do that?

The third allegation says that Dr. Sears failed to keep accurate medical records. Not just because there wasn’t a copy of the exemption letter on file, but because he didn’t document what exam he performed on the kid two weeks after being hit with a hammer.

People, I invite you right now to request your kids general pediatrician medical records and you will be shocked by what they don’t say. If Dr. Pan is your doctor, pul-eeze do this and report back. The records hardly say anything at all. “Kid fell out of tree. Mother reports no change in behavior.” That’s the kind of riveting notes you’ll read. Dr. Sears is no different.

Before you think I’m the world’s biggest Dr. Sears fanboy rushing to his defense, know that I’m not. I don’t agree with his final recommendations in any version of his vaccine book and I think his book requires a good bit of reading between the lines that most people are not capable of doing. I think he’s said some stupid things (sorry Bob, you’ve shared my writing in the past and I appreciate that, and I do still recommend your book all the time to new parents), like talking about herd immunity as it pertains to the pertussis vaccine, despite the fact that you can’t protect another person from pertussis by vaccinating yourself.

I think he has researched some things very well, like the intravenous limit for aluminum or the fascinating history of the hepatitis B vaccine mandate. On the other hand, he prescribed the sickly toddler in this case both Miralax and Tamiflu at different points in time, which is far more heinous than the accusations against him, considering that Miralax is not approved for children and can worsen autism symptoms, and Tamiflu depresses brain activity, can cause hallucinations, psychosis, and suicidal thoughts, and was banned from being to given kids in Japan in 2007.

That said, Dr. Sears is no “anti-vaxxer.” As far as I know, his own kids are vaccinated. But he’s been putting his career on the line by vocally sticking up for all our kids for the past year and a half as one of the most well known critics of SB 277.

So that’s all they’ve got? That’s the whole charge? A two-year old case of loose record keeping? Clearly this is trumped up bullshit about a kid I’m guessing Dr. Sears could see was on his way to being on the spectrum and he wanted to lessen the severity of that diagnosis.

The Medical Board doesn’t know what testimony the mom gave to Dr. Sears, and they don’t know if Dr. Sears looked up his shot records in the California Immunization Registry. The Medical Board doesn’t know if Dr. Sears thought the hammer incident was fabricated, even though CPS obviously did, not that their opinion means anything. And what’s going on with the parents now? Are they divorced and the dad is going after the mom to vaccinate the boy, as we’ve seen hundreds of times in our circle? We’re supposed to believe that a mother who brought her son in for 5 sick child visits in 13 months waited two weeks for medical care after what the board thinks was a serious head injury? If the kid has got neurological damage now, my money is on it being caused by the vaccines, not the hammer.

Feel free to watch a few key points of the June 9, 2015, SB 277 testimony where several issues were raised over and over again.

At 1:33 Dr. Pan invited families whose doctors will not write exemptions based on sibling reactions to have their physician send a letter to Dr. Pan’s office if they feel there is some pressure or other influence aside from their professional judgment at play. He also says that the Medical Board has never investigated or removed the license of a physician for giving a medical exemption.

At 2:06 Pan says for doctors to use their professional judgment– subject to review by the Medical Board, which he stresses repeatedly has never investigated or removed the license of a physician who writes medical exemptions. He says that the department of health does not review exemptions, which we already know is a lie. He stresses that the CDC contraindications to vaccination are only guidelines, and there is not a requirement that a doctor apply only the CDC guidelines.

At 2:14 Dr. Jay Gordon makes it clear that doctors would be way out of line from the CDC’s guidelines if they wrote these exemptions under the protection of SB 277.

At 2:36 an Assemblyperson asks if there have been any physicians in California disciplined or even investigated for providing a medical exemption?

Jennifer Simoes,the Medical Board’s Chief of Legislation responds, “To my knowledge, no.”

At 3:03 Pan says, “There is no cloud over these physicians. There is no legal barrier to writing medical exemptions. They look to their own expertise and knowledge.”

At 3:07, right at the end, before going to public comment, Ms. Simoes from the Medical Board says that, “A doctor would use their clinical judgment. We don’t track medical exemptions, we would have to receive a complaint.”

And I guess this is where we are today. The Medical Board received a weak, watered down complaint– the point of which I cannot even discern– and the witch hunt has begun.

We are standing by to see what we can do to support Dr. Sears during this episode of being Wakefielded, but in the meantime, please go follow his Facebook page right this moment as a sign of your solidarity with doctors doing the right thing for our kids.

Texas District Attorney Nico Lahood is a game changer

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I’ve thought for two days about writing or not writing this post because I wasn’t sure I had anything to add to the conversation about Nico Lahood standing up against vaccine-induced autism.

If you haven’t heard the national news yet, the elected District Attorney in Bexar County (San Antonio) Texas, contacted the Vaxxed team to share the story of his then-18-month old son regressing into autism after vaccination, along with photos of the debilitating eczema his first child suffered through.  His last two children are unvaccinated, as it tends to go in these situations.

Obviously, I decided to write.

Nico is a friend of mine, though he doesn’t know I write this blog. I haven’t seen him on a daily basis in many years, but we used to talk all the time. I laugh at the articles that refer to him as the “controversial Texas DA” as if he was already skating on thin ice before standing up and becoming the new face of the American dad that isn’t taking any shit from Merck.

Let me set the record straight on Nico Lahood: he is beloved in San Antonio.

Nico gives exactly zero fucks about what his actions might do at the polls, and not just because his job is set until 2018. As a Democrat, he unseated a 16-year Republican District Attorney in an election where voters were casting straight-Republican tickets. His opponent was the only Republican in the county to lose her job. Democrats who had better things to do that day left their homes to go stand in line and vote for him, when they ordinarily would have skipped it. That is how much he is loved. When he became DA it was probably a pay cut compared to the success he had in private practice.

He first ran for DA in 2010 at the age of  37, which is ridiculously young, but not unheard of. During his first attempt, the sitting DA released his criminal records that he’d filed to have sealed, which were from 1994 when he was arrested for selling 200 (now they’re reporting it as 300) pills of ecstasy to an undercover cop at the strip club he worked at. I don’t know what you were up to in 1994 but I sure am glad there aren’t records of what I was up to. Nico was given a deferred sentence, completed his probation, and the case against him for selling a drug once patented by Merck was dismissed.

So what did Nico do when the DA released his records? He made a commercial about it. He ran a political ad admitting the entire thing. That’s how many fucks he gives. He knows he’d made a youthful mistake but more than that, he knew the current corrupt DA needed to get the hell out of that office and that he was the guy to make that happen.

Nico narrowly lost in 2010 so he came right back at the DA in 2014 and knocked her out. He was endorsed by Eva Longoria and Tim Duncan. When the incumbent refused to debate him, he held his own interview of her using an empty chair because that lady never showed up for anything.

You know what he’s been doing since 1994? He’s been doing the right thing. That man wakes up every morning and does the right thing. He is one helluva respected guy for being a Rico Suave tatted-up muscle head, and that includes the respect of every judge, every prosecutor, and every other lawyer in San Antonio, long before he ever ran for DA. He is not the lawyer you want going up against your own lawyer, that much is for sure. They would be eaten alive by a very polite, exceedingly handsome suspenders-wearing barracuda.

So you tell me: will a county who elected a District Attorney who used to work at a titty bar and sell drugs on the side care that he is standing up for his son? Oh, I’m sure they’ll care. They’ll care enough to reelect him, mark my words.

I’d be hard pressed to think what more credible person could have come forward at this Vaxxed juncture and make a bigger impact than Nico Lahood. A doctor? Nope, we’ve already got doctors, and they’d be called quacks. A presidential candidate? Nope, we already had three of those, and the press had a field day, calling them unscientific and inappropriate. Maybe a well-known US Senator? Maybe.

Maybe if Jason Chaffetz came out and endorsed Vaxxed it would have a bigger impact than Nico Lahood but since the chances of that happening are pretty slim, I’m going to say that Nico Lahood is the biggest, baddest, best thing to happen to Vaxxed since Robert DeNiro going AWOL on the Today Show.  Nico is smart. He is quick. He is educated. He is accomplished. He is elected by the people. And he is mad as hell over what happened to his child.

Nico, this isn’t a team that anyone wants to be on, but we are all so glad to have you on board, brother.

{That’s something Nico would say. Everyone is his brother, and it’s true.}

 

 

Pharma is appropriating your personal stories

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You might have noticed a trend in the last year or two that came about after “vaccine hesitancy” analysts figured out that terrifying parents into vaccinating only made them less likely to vaccinate.  There is a very effective formula for educating parents and it’s pretty simple. In fact, parents who have stopped vaccinating have used it for decades.

It goes like this: tell your personal story. No one can take your testimony away from you.

Ever since pharma figured this out after failing at everything else, they’ve tried over and over to use your methods. You’ve seen the story titled something like “Oh my God I recklessly took my newborn to a birthday party where someone had chickenpox and even though my baby did NOT get chickenpox I am so freaking mad that he could have, grrrrr!”

Or this one: “Holy ish I took my baby to a waiting room and it turns out that a fully vaccinated person had the measles and even though my baby did NOT get the measles go get the MMR because my dad owns a lot of Merck stock!!”

Or this one: “I gave my baby a freak ton of fever reducer even though I wasn’t supposed to and it turned his ordinary chickenpox into the World War III of secondary infections but it’s the anti-vaxers fault so go get the chickenpox vaccine now!”

And all of us are left scratching our heads going “What the hell am I reading right now?”

A few hours ago the Washington Post vomited up a new piece that should be subtitled “The six month vaccines nearly killed my baby but she toughened up and finished them all anyway, somebody give me a gold medal.”

This mom, Jenn Kaufman, describes finding her precious infant not breathing and unresponsive a few hours after the 3rd round of vaccines, but then goes on to describe how she discovered through VAERS (wait, I thought VAERS was a woo source?) how rare this deadly experience was so therefore she should keep rolling the dice with her infant’s life because she just couldn’t live with herself if her child ever caught one of the numerous diseases we vaccinate for.

What Jenn didn’t find, apparently, is that only 1% to 10% of reactions are ever reported to VAERS so her 38 cases 18 years ago is probably more like 1,000 to 2,000 a year today. Not sure why she chose a 1998 stat when this incident happened in 2015, but anyway.

Now, I’m not knocking parents who have bad vaccine experiences and go on to give their kids a second and third round because their doctors swear up and down it was a coincidence and unrelated to the vaccines. I know what it’s like to have no support from a doctor you trust. But this mom knew right away it was the vaccines and went on to write about the holy water that is vaccines for the Washington Post, as well as knock presidential candidates– one of whom is a doctor– for questioning vaccine safety.

{I do love that there’s a link to another article in the middle that’s called “The polio vaccine killed my dad but that’s no reason to question vaccines” or some bullshit like that.}

Shockingly, the Washington Post reveals that Jenn Kaufman is actually the Vice President of a marketing company that “fights for progressive causes.”

Whaaaaaat? A Hillary Clinton attack team is writing parenting editorials?

Ladies and gentlemen, you are reading astroturf. The Washington Post paid Jenn Kaufman for her ridiculous personal story in the hopes that it elicits the same warm fuzzies that your own personal stories of vaccine injuries elicit, and Jenn, in turn, is using the column as advertising for her company Revolution Messaging.

But more than anything, they want to scare you into voting for Hillary Clinton.

Do me a favor and go leave a comment on the Washington Post (I think you’ll need a computer, not a mobile, to do it) that lets them know that they should be ashamed at what passes for journalism– or even editorials– today.

{And if you see an “I’m with her” Hillary Clinton ad at the bottom of this piece, know that I do not run ads on this site and it’s WordPress giving me the middle finger.}

 

Dear Toni Braxton:

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A guest post by Mary Romaniec of Victory Over Autism

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Dear Toni Braxton,

I see that you are dealing with an angry mob after declaring your son was recovered from autism. Keyboard warriors get in an uproar at the mere mention of autism being anything but a different state of mind that needs acceptance.

Unfortunately, Toni, I feel your pain. You see, for the past 13 years my son has also not met the diagnostic criteria for autism either (pssst…he recovered too). But as you know, for some people that’s a bad thing. The worst part is that much of the discourse comes from within our own community…other autism families.
So as you deflect comments like “He must not have had autism to begin with” or “Without a doubt he is still fully autistic” just know that your son will be the testament to the truth as he continues to defy the odds. My son too.

Thank you for telling your story since it changes the understanding of what is possible. In spite of all the naysayers, there are dozens of other parents who are sparked to wonder if it might be possible for their child too. That alone means they will start looking, which may indeed lead them to answers.

And when you head off to college tours, I hope you take a pause at the milestone, and what it means to the families who look at your son as a beacon of hope.

Right there with you.

But here’s the thing they don’t know about us: we were not just the lucky mothers whose child whimsically overcame autism. We didn’t nuance the diagnosis to be something else. When we were going through hell at seeing our child suffer we had no way of knowing that we would one day have to justify the motives for our actions. Like you, I have been accused of seeking pseudo-science methods for treating my son’s autism to “cure” him. You and I know that nothing could be further from the truth. We were seeking treatments to heal our children from the underlying immunological issues that led to their autism in the first place.

And like you, no matter how many times our story is told, retold and applauded, there is a crowd standing by admonishing us for even daring to challenge the “no hope, no cure, so don’t bother” perspective.

You see Toni, I have come to realize for some we are a threat: A bizarre, twisted version of a threat because we poke the eye of those who have chosen the path of least resistance. They are the ones that would like us to just accept autism as a gift, discounting the pain and suffering as just “one of those things”. But you and I and countless other parents have taken a different approach, and that is the part they are upset about.

Can you imagine if our children had another disorder like diabetes, sickle cell anemia or even cancer? We would be celebrated for seeking treatments and therapies for our children, and not even questioned if some of them were outside of mainstream medicine. But this is autism. We are relegated to being parents in denial instead of warrior parents who chose to do the work.

And even when we produce a link to the National Institute of Mental Health study that quantified the children that could recover from autism we are told that our children outgrew autism. Or as one neurologist told me, “Some of these kids just snap out of it.”

Yessiree, Toni, we are now dealing with a whole new battle. There is a clear dividing line developing in our community as to which way we will choose to deal with our child’s diagnosis. Admittedly, when I heard you signed on with Autism Speaks I was deflated for you. Immediately I pictured you would choose the path of least resistance since AS seems to support that perspective…at least outwardly.

But then Suzanne Wright helped to guide you to the answers that made a difference. She inspired hope that got you going. This is in sharp contrast (it seems) to what many of us in the autism community think of AS. They tend to be the fly in the ointment for any real conversation on what treatments and therapies are working with our kids. Glad to know that at least behind the scenes things may be a bit different.

So congratulations to you and Diezel. I know that you will never take this gift of your son’s health for granted. I also know you will dust off the criticism and forge a path of hope for others. Beyond that, I know you will look at your son with pride as he continues to amaze you and others.

Oh, and that time you have to ground him for being a “stupid teenager” I know you will celebrate, and we’ll be celebrating along with you.

Cheers, warrior mother.

Mary Romaniec

SB 277 lawyers drop bombs on the California health department

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In a new amended complaint filed in San Diego yesterday, the SB 277 federal suit lawyers set their sites on destroying the illegal activities of the California Department of Public Health. This new and improved complaint is the work of many lawyers over several weeks and I want to nicely ask you to stop reading for a second and go give this team $100 if you can afford to because they are clearly working their asses off for the children of California.

Starting around paragraph 70, the amended complaint dives into the legislature’s and the Governor’s intention to allow physicians to use their professional judgment in writing medical exemptions for children. Many kids had previously been using personal belief exemptions because they didn’t fit into the CDC’s very narrow definition of a vaccine contraindication. And this is where it gets juicy.

Do you remember during the SB 277 hearings when a woman from the medical licensing board said they would not be investigating any doctors and medical exemptions unless there was a complaint filed? Since SB 277 was signed, the California Department of Public Health has been scheming about how to stop doctors from using the big brains that got them this far in life– but only the doctors who write medical exemptions.

According to SB 277, doctors are able to write medical exemptions based solely on their judgment and sound discretion. That much is clear.

But along came Dr. Charity Dean, who is named in the complaint, heading up the Santa Barbara Department of Public Health. On June 6th she sent a letter to all schools and day cares in her county ordering directors to send medical exemptions her way so that she can kindly scare the beejeesus out of doctors who write them and set them up to spend their life savings defending their licenses to practice medicine.

Once Dr. Dean was personally named as a defendant in the first complaint on July 1 and received a letter from one of the plaintiff lawyers about royally stepping in it with violating privacy laws, she backed off a teensy bit. She issued a letter saying that schools and day cares should redact identifying information of the students with medical exemptions, but she still wants to know who those doctors are.

But the real kicker is that Dr. Dean told her local newspaper that her health department is “…not in the business of analyzing the reason for a medical exemption or overturning it.”

Oh, they’re not in that business? That’s funny. Because the new complaint lets the judge know that self-proclaimed vaccine expert and law school professor Dorit Reiss– who was called on by legislators to testify twice in favor of SB 277 in 2015–  published a legal analysis of this lawsuit a few days ago and she fumbled the ball for the beloved health department. Good thing she doesn’t have a license to practice law.

Assuming that Professor Reiss is on the inside track of the efforts to vaccinate all Californians, I’d be tempted to believe her when she says that “the goal of Charity Dean’s medical exemption project is to gather data on the reasons for medical exemptions, and to prevent abuses of the medical exemption provision.” She went on to explain, “The pilot project can help collect data on medical exemptions generally and on how many unjustified medical exemptions are written – and possibly, if there are specific doctors who write more than others.”

But wait! Why would Professor Reiss say such a thing four days after Charity Dean told the press that meddling with doctors’ medical exemptions was never her intention? Because she mistakenly thinks the health departments have every right to go after doctors.

The SB 277 lawyers hammer it home: “This bold and unapologetic admission by Professor Reiss is evidence of a direct and intentional violation of Plaintiffs’ rights, complete disregard for the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, and abandonment of any concern for the health and well-being of medically fragile children who are placed at grave risk of vaccine injury by the Santa Barbara Department of Public Health’s attempts to intimidate doctors against writing medical exemptions.”

Thanks for the help, Dorit. Unexpected, but appreciated nonetheless. I take it that “loose lips sink ships” isn’t a saying in your country.

The SB 277 lawyers have got their own inside track and they discovered that the state health department has been illegally conspiring with other local health departments like Sacramento County and Marin County in conjunction with the California State Medical Board to go after the licenses of doctors who write vaccine exemptions for children. These entities are colluding to lie to doctors about the law and intimidate them into never writing exemptions with threats of losing their licenses and being held legally liable for using their professional judgment.

Unbelievably, this invitation was discovered through a Public Records Act request:

Please join us for a call with Dr. Charity Dean and Jennifer Simoes, from the California Medical Board, to discuss the following:

SB 277 and suspicious medical exemptions for immunizations issued by California physicians.

The California Medical Board process if a licensed physician is reported for issuing suspicious medical exemptions.

But the irony is that it’s directors like Charity Dean who are breaking the law. It’s illegal to use taxpayer money to conduct an examination of medical exemptions that “don’t meet SB 277 criteria” because the legislature didn’t give health departments the power to do it. SB 277 has no criteria for medical exemptions and I assure you that no one in charge asked Charity Dean and her cohorts to just make some up. She doesn’t have the authority use public funds to pay herself and her minions to analyze exemptions and intimidate doctors– it’s called ultra vires activity that goes outside of the law.  She and all the rest of them are about to be caught red handed trying to write medical exemptions out of California law.

There is so much more kickass in this complaint so I might come back to share a little more with you soon, but you can always read the whole thing in that second link at the beginning of this piece.

I want to close by telling you a little bit about the plaintiffs. The group is made up of children who are partially vaccinated and have titer tests as “proof of immunity” to disease, and vaccine-injured children who experienced convulsions after their last well baby visit. There are children of adults who are staunchly pro-life and refuse to inject products made from aborted human beings into their own children, and children whose parents are themselves vaccine injured with a family tree of autoimmune disease. There are disabled children– including one with a traumatic brain injury– with IEPs that are not being honored by school districts, and children with medical exemptions that were flagged by school nurses. One is a child of an MD and another the child of a DO. And there is a special little boy left wheelchair-bound after infant vaccinations.

One of the last plaintiffs is a non-profit organization that promotes education for children that I encourage every one of you to join, named Education For All. It’s one way you can help power this suit forward, but still, go give these lawyers a hundred bucks if you’ve got it.