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Monday, June 8, 2015

It's time to add a new post...

I am on twitter every day.  Every day the urge to use the word "vaccination" in a tweet comes over me...but I said it was my last tweet on that a while back.  Okay, then.

Do I think a vaccination caused Ben's learning disabilities?  Probably not...I wouldn't bet my life on it, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did.  Years ago, they asked a group of parents of kids with autism how many thought vaccines might have had something to do with it.  Half of the group raised their hands.

This isn't just anyone. This is Dr. Bernard Rimland who went against the notion in psychology in the 1960's that Autism was caused by refrigerator mothers. The whole medical and psychological establishment believed it, and if you denied it, it was because you were guilty.  Kind of like proving you aren't a witch in the old days.  He said it was a neurological disorder, having nothing to do with how you were raised. He died in 2006, so this must have been filmed much earlier than the "published" date.  He called out Psychiatry on their mistaken notions of the cause of autism. But because he was a parent, also, he isn't given recognition. Common sense doesn't count in the super smart world of science.  I think they have studies to prove it. And anyhow, those were the bad days, and we just don't talk about it anymore.

"Bernard Rimland, who overturned conventional theories about the origin of autism in the 1960s and later forced scientists and policymakers to consider alternative causes and treatments, died last Tuesday in El Cajon, Calif., near his home in San Diego. He was 78."

But, the thing is...there have been so few long term outcome studies on kids like my Ben who had serious reactions to vaccines. Then there is the propaganda.  This screen shot is from a PBS special on Vaccines. It's called, Calling the Shots.  At about 48:41, they imply the risk of having a serious reaction to a vaccine is one in one million.  This is extraordinarily deceptive.

Photo from Calling the Shots--10 football stadiums filled with 100,000 fans to imply 1 in 1 million kids are harmed by vaccines
When Ben had his reaction to the DTwP, the chance of an HHE (Hypotonic Hyporesponsive episode) was 1 in 1000.  There has been ONE long term follow up study on children who had this reaction to vaccines.  It was started in 1979, and completed in 1988. At the same time, the same whole cell pertussis vaccine caused an encephalopathy to 1 child in 1000.  The only reaction that I can figure they are talking about, would be an allergic anaphalactic reaction, but even that is more than 1 in one million. Actually, the number of vaccinated children whose parents successfully sue the government for vaccine injury compensation are one in one million.  So...your chances of getting anyone to take you seriously if your child has a vaccine reaction might have been what they meant.  I have actually had vaccine zealots ask if I was compensated by the NVICP (National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program), as if that would be the only proof that my child had a severe reaction.

For the 1,999 children out of a million whose reactions don't count (HHE and encephalopathies)...I can't help but wonder how much more propaganda we are being fed. I'm not smart enough to figure it out...but this ticked me off.

I believe vaccines save lives.  I am not a murderer. I am not set on millions of children dying because I refuse to vaccinate my child. Ben has had all his shots.  I wasn't even aware of the NVICP until he was 7 years old, 4 years too late to do anything about it. I did try to join the Autism Omnibus Proceedings at that time, though...whereby around 3-4000 parents of children hoped to be awarded compensation.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dyslexic Advantage: Picture THIS!!

Brock L. Eide, M.D., M.A., is a Phi Beta Kappa and AOA Medical Honors Society graduate from the University of Washington, and University of Washington School of Medicine. He received his Masters Degree from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and engaged in postdoctoral studies at the University of California-San Francisco, National Institutes of Health, and University of Pennsylvania. He has lectured widely and published extensively in the fields of gifted education, learning disabilities, and twice exceptionalities such as giftedness and dyslexia, and served as consultant to the President's Council on Bioethics.

Fernette Eide M.D. is a Magna Cum Laude graduate with highest departmental honors from Harvard-Radcliffe College. She received her M.D. from the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine and has been on the Neurology faculties of University of Washington, the University of California-San Francisco, and University of Chicago School of Medicine. She has lecture widely and published extensively in the fields of gifted education, learning disabilities, and twice-exceptionalities such as giftedness and dyslexia, and served as consultant to the President's Council on Bioethics. 

They have done extensive testing on children with learning differences.  I saw the picture above, which just blew me away.  It may be hard to understand, the only reason I do is because I have my degree in Special Education, and took classes in Tests and Measurements.  I also taught, part time and full time, about 5 years.

See that VCI on the left?  That means these kids could talk about a lot of things. ALL of their verbal IQ's were above normal, some of them genius or above.  But, according to their oral reading, they were all below normal.  Remember the kid who talked to the teacher all the time?  That's how he learned best. Listening above normal, reading comprehension above normal,  Numerically, their operations and problem solving were above normal, but math fluency was very low...timed tests are their nemesis. What I want you to see is their high verbal, listening, even reading and math skills marked by the arrows....and the opposite low scores on WM (working memory) Performance skills (PSI), Spelling, Oral reading....Their dips and hilltops are in the same places.  Do you see that?  They all follow a very similar pattern.  What if schools taught to their verbal reasoning abilities, didn't give timed tests, gave them access to their gifts instead of only flunking them for their low ability in specific subsets.

We don't teach our children to think.  If we did, dyslexics would rise above the average students.  But we teach them to fill out worksheets, quickly, on memorized rote material most people can access easily... and then flunk the dyslexics because they are not "trying hard enough." We fail the kids, because WE fail to teach them.  Look how bright they are!  These tests prove there is something far above normal there, normal is the dotted red line.

What are we accomplishing by treating these kids like failures??
Below, I have tried to simplify what these tests are saying.  My interpretations are noted in red.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Imagine You Are Loved...

"At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self." Brendan Frances.  Intro to a story by Kare Eide, Normal is Nice

This post is in honor of Kare Eide, who passed away just days ago. She is the teenage daughter of Brock and  Fernette  Eide, whose faith in others had led to the creation of DyslexicAdvantage.  It is a way of thinking as well as a website for parents of kids who think outside the lines, as well as dyslexic people who can help ease the bumps, and who just want to talk.  I have found the most sincere help here of anywhere for my own son.  No games, no "look how smart we are" although one is a pediatrician, the other a psychologist...none. I have a mean mouth, and I can't stand it when others try to take advantage of underdog, but there is none of that here.  Beautiful people. I could learn so much from their example of encouragement. They are christians...and not ashamed of it.  I have always been a little ashamed of my faith because it is often equated with ignorance, guile, shame, racism, stupidity, and...ignorance, especially in the scientific community. 

I wasn't drawn to their brains...I was drawn to their hearts."It's only with the heart, that one sees rightly..What is essential is invisible to the eye." is from The Little Prince, and my favorite expression.  The bible refers to the opening of the "eyes of our heart" in Ephesians 1:18.

 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling,

I must tell you, when you see a child with your heart...every stinking lie you've been told about them falls away. ("He'll never have friends--he doesn't get social cues--90 % chance he'll never hold a job or be independent--it caused by the mother's frigidity--he has no empathy--he's like a changeling."..I could puke now, must I go on?) I have fallen for it in the past, and nearly dipped my toe in those waters again, just recently.

My chance to be a mother naturally was nearly taken away by infertility, but God spoke softly to the heart of a young woman to bear her child, and she listened.  One million parents longed for a child that year, only 1 in 25 of them were so lucky, 960,000 were not, and I and my husband were among the lucky. I will not let the beauty of motherhood be taken away this time by ignorance disguised as knowledge..

No one knows what God has in store for those who are faithful..for all things work to the good for those who love Him, and are called by Him. Thank you, Kare, I guess it's true...a little child shall lead them.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

#imfar2014 Birds of a feather...

Why I think this guy is nuts.

There is talk of a "window of opportunity" to avoid autism, which, in this case, must be deemed a "purely social disease" by Dr. Klin. This would be fine, if autism was a social disease.  If it was purely psychologically induced.  But we all know that there are accompanying problems that are medical in nature.

A look at the facts, the accompanying problems that surround a diagnosis of autism...could help to eliminate this fairy tale...Let's start now, before more lives are destroyed by the FEAR of autism. It is not as awful as it sounds.  In every case, the child remains.