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Italian Courts Rule Vaccines Cause Autism

From http://www.HealthImpactNews.com:

Recent Italian Court Decisions on Vaccines and Autism

by Mary Holland J.D.
Age of Autism

On September 23, 2014, an Italian court in Milan award compensation to a boy for vaccine-induced autism. (See the Italian document here.) A childhood vaccine against six childhood diseases caused the boy’s permanent autism and brain damage.

While the Italian press has devoted considerable attention to this decision and its public health implications, the U.S. press has been silent.

Italy’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Like the U.S., Italy has a national vaccine injury compensation program to give some financial support to those people who are injured by compulsory and recommended vaccinations. The Italian infant plaintiff received three doses of GlaxoSmithKline’s Infanrix Hexa, a hexavalent vaccine administered in the first year of life. These doses occurred from March to October 2006. The vaccine is to protect children from polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, pertussis and Haemophilus influenza type B. In addition to these antigens, however, the vaccine then contained thimerosal, the mercury-containing preservative, aluminum, an adjuvant, as well as other toxic ingredients. The child regressed into autism shortly after receiving the three doses.

When the parents presented their claim for compensation first to the Ministry of Health, as they were required to do, the Ministry rejected it. Therefore, the family sued the Ministry in a court of general jurisdiction, an option which does not exist in the same form in the U.S.

Court Decision: Mercury and Aluminum in Vaccine Caused Autism

Based on expert medical testimony, the court concluded that the child more likely than not suffered autism and brain damage because of the neurotoxic mercury, aluminum and his particular susceptibility from a genetic mutation. The Court also noted that Infanrix Hexa contained thimerosal, now banned in Italy because of its neurotoxicity, “in concentrations greatly exceeding the maximum recommended levels for infants weighing only a few kilograms.”

Presiding Judge Nicola Di Leo considered another piece of damning evidence: a 1271-page confidential GlaxoSmithKline report (now available on the Internet). This industry document provided ample evidence of adverse events from the vaccine, including five known cases of autism resulting from the vaccine’s administration during its clinical trials (see table at page 626, excerpt below).

Italian Government, Not Vaccine Maker, Pays for Vaccine Damages

As in many other developed countries, government, not industry, compensates families in the event of vaccine injury. Thus GSK’s apparent lack of concern for the vaccine’s adverse effects is notable and perhaps not surprising.

In the final assessment, the report states that:

“[t]he benefit/risk profile of Infanrix hexa continues to be favourable,” despite GSK’s acknowledgement that the vaccine causes side effects including “anaemia haemolytic autoimmune,thrombocytopenia, thrombocytopenic purpura, autoimmune thrombocytopenia, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, haemolytic anemia, cyanosis, injection site nodule, abcess and injection site abscess, Kawasaki’s disease, important neurological events (including encephalitis and encephalopathy), Henoch-Schonlein purpura, petechiae, purpura, haematochezia, allergic reactions (including anaphylactic and anaphylactoid reactions),” and death (see page 9).

The Milan decision is sober, informed and well-reasoned. The Ministry of Health has stated that it has appealed the Court’s decision, but that appeal will likely take several years, and its outcome is uncertain.

Rimini: 2012 – Italian Court Rules MMR Vaccine Caused Autism

Two years earlier, on May 23, 2012, Judge Lucio Ardigo of an Italian court in Rimini presided over a similar judgment, finding that a different vaccine, the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine (MMR), had caused a child’s autism. As in the Milan case, the Ministry of Health’s compensation program had denied compensation to the family, yet after a presentation of medical evidence, a court granted compensation. There, too, the Italian press covered the story; the U.S. press did not.

In that case, a 15-month old boy received his MMR vaccine on March 26, 2004. He then immediately developed bowel and eating problems and received an autism diagnosis with cognitive delay within a year. The court found that the boy had “been damaged by irreversible complications due to vaccination (with trivalent MMR).” The decision flew in the face of the conventional mainstream medical wisdom that an MMR-autism link has been “debunked.”

Italian Court Decisions Break New Ground in Debate Over Vaccines and Autism

Both these Italian court decisions break new ground in the roiling debate over vaccines and autism. These courts, like all courts, are intended to function as impartial, unbiased decision makers.

The courts’ decisions are striking because they not only find a vaccine-autism causal link, but they also overrule the decisions of Italy’s Ministry of Health. And taken together, the court decisions found that both the MMR and a hexavalent thimerosal- and aluminum-containing vaccine can trigger autism.

Italian Court Rulings Contradict Special U.S. Vaccine Court

These court decisions flatly contradict the decisions from the so-called U.S. vaccine court, the Court of Federal Claim’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. There, from 2007 to 2010, in the Omnibus Autism Proceeding, three decision makers, called Special Masters, found that vaccines did not cause autism in any of the six test cases, and one Special Master even went so far as to compare the theory of vaccine-induced autism to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

The Italian court decisions contrast starkly with these U.S. cases based on similar claims.

Read the full story at Age of Autism.

About the Author

Mary Holland is Research Scholar and Director of the Graduate Legal Skills Program at NYU Law School. She has published articles on vaccine law and policy, and is the co-editor of Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health and Our Children (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012).

The Average American

The average American spends five hours a day in front of the boob tube. They love their super heroes, their sports heroes, and their reality television stars. (They especially love their Kardashian sisters.) To the average American, a world of fantasy and illusion is preferable to real life.

The average American is obsessed with sex (possibly because they aren’t getting any), and obsessed with celebrities. Because their own lives are so petty and lacking in spiritual foundation, the average American worships fame and seeks to experience it vicariously through others.

The average American lives on a diet of fast food, junk food, processed food, and microwaved food. As a result, the average American is sick, sick, sick, addicted to numerous drugs and painkillers, and a virtual slave to the medical mafia.

The average American has one great fear: criticism. This fear of criticism is greater than their desire to succeed, their desire to know the truth, and even their desire to live. As a result, the average American is in firm acceptance of whatever authority figures or the mainstream media tells them. They accept wholeheartedly the “official story” of 9/11, Sandy Hook, Boston, and the biography of the man who calls himself Obama.

Because of this fear, the average American is gullible and easily swayed by advertising and the mainstream media. Any huckster, devoid of morality, can easily become a millionaire (or political leader) by exploiting this lack of critical thinking on the part of average Americans, and many have.

The average American prefers to have others tell them what to think and how to think, rather than think for themselves. The average American eats, dresses, and votes exactly how they are told. Their entire life, from birth to death, is programmed, controlled, and manipulated, and they don’t even know it.

The average American knows nothing about the Federal Reserve, how the Federal Reserve was created, or how the Fed prints fiat currency out of thin air. What’s worse, the average American has no interest in knowing. They’d rather watch television.

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The average American lives a life of hypocrisy and denial. They identify with Christianity, or, in ever increasing numbers, they claim to be “spiritual, but not religious,” and yet they support political leaders who promote abortion, racism, inequality, the shredding of the Constitution, the loss of freedom and individual rights, and even murder.

The average American becomes angry and defensive when their belief system is challenged. They want to be certain of what they know even if everything they know is wrong.

The average American is generally well educated in the performance of their job or career, but takes little pride in their work and has zero knowledge or interest in how or why their job or career could be harming others.

The average American makes life difficult for the non-average American. Because they comprise the vast majority of people in this country, the average American creates the reality that we all must live in. The average American is frightened by non-average Americans and they are complicit in their persecution.

The average American is racked with guilt. Deep down inside, they know their lifestyle and choices are wrong, not just for themselves, but for all their fellow Americans, but their great fear of criticism, and the responsibilities and complexities of life are just too much for them to deal with. As a result, they retreat from reality through alcohol, drugs, television, junk food, television, and compulsive shopping.

Some average Americans are so far removed from reality that they actually enjoy a world of blissful ignorance. They frolic through life, oblivious of the great harm that their lifestyle and voting choices cause to others. They believe everything the mainstream media tells them. Many of them live 50, 60, 70 years or more and never experience an ounce of reality. Hollywood and the new age/self-improvement industry are filled with these types. Throw a stick at Malibu and you’ll hit ten of them.

The average American is portrayed in advertising as giddy, confident, and fun-loving. Nothing could be further from the truth. Except for the blissful idiots mentioned above, the average American leads a frightened and desperate life. The hide it well, but deep down inside, they are miserable. They make perfect pawns for those who hate America and they are used accordingly to spread racism, multi-culturism, and leftism.

The average American is all around you: on television, on the street outside, and right outside your door.

Aren’t you glad you’re not the average American?

Mike

Healthy and Fit at Any Age

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Is time toxic? Must the human body inevitably decline?

I understand that God intends for all of us to one day pass over the veil and reap our Heavenly reward, however I find it hard to believe that He would create a defective product, designed to fall apart for no other reason than the passing of time. Perhaps the aging process is something we contribute to ourselves.

I’ve heard health and fitness described as a three-legged stool consisting of exercise, nutrition, and rest. If all three legs are sturdy, the stool remains strong. Remove or weaken one leg and the stool topples over. That’s a good analogy, but I would make it a four legged stool with the addition of our emotional/spiritual state.

In fact, you could make a good case that our emotional/spiritual state contributes more to health and fitness than the other three legs combined. Here are some examples I’ve observed:

I worked with a girl in her mid-20’s; very pretty with a wide-eyed curiosity about the world. She got married and I didn’t see her for two years. During that time she went through a devastating divorce. When I next saw her I was shocked at how much she’d aged. She looked 10-15 years older and all of her innocence about the world was gone.

Another girl I worked with, also in her mid-20’s, was extremely attractive, but she wore a perpetual scowl and was always angry, usually about men. She got pregnant and entered into a two-year-long custody battle with the child’s father. A year after that, she was pregnant again, by a different guy, and the same thing happened. Over a four year period, she aged a good 10-12 years. Her bitterness literally aged her.

On the male side, I had two friends, both young men in their thirties and early forties. Each went through a divorce and suddenly they both had gray hair. In two years they were both dead. Another young man I worked with was laid off after a dozen years on the job. Nobody else would hire him and he turned to drugs. He’s dead now, too.

Stress and negative emotions are crippling to the body. Jesus’s advice to forgive your neighbor is actually good for our immune system. So the first leg in our quest for health and fitness is to de-stress, avoid negative people and situations, and practice positive thinking. One of the best ways to do this is to turn to God. Prayer, reading the Bible, reading religious books and material, reading Joan’s biographies of the saints, all of these are beneficial to our health and appearance. And don’t forget humor. Laughter is one of the best stress-busters.

The second leg in the quest for health and fitness is exercise. I’ve been an avid weight-lifter since I was fourteen, but I’ve recently discovered that when the body has to balance an external weight it causes the spine to compress. I’ve found that better and safer results can be obtained through bodyweight exercises, such as push-ups, pull-ups, chin-ups, bodyweight squats, one-legged squats, isometrics, etc. Exercise is an individual thing, so find what works best for you, and adhere to the three “F’s”: Fast, Fun, and eFFective.

Our third leg, nutrition, is also an individual fit. Some people function best as vegetarians, some as carnivores, and others on a mixed diet. The one thing that almost all healthy people, whether meat eaters or vegetarians, have in common is an avoidance of junk food, processed food, and fast food. Next to extreme emotional states, I believe the one factor that causes people to age more than any other is consuming processed foods and drinks. You know what I’m talking about. Basically anything that comes in a wrapper, bag, can, or box. Cereal, soda, beer, cookies, candy, frozen food, fast food (which is all shipped frozen), potato chips, canned food, etc., etc., etc. The chemicals in these items wreak havoc on the skin and immune system.

The fourth leg, rest, seems like it should be the easiest, but in this day and age very few of us are able to get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. Heck, most of us have trouble getting six hours. I know I do. If you’re in the same boat, do what you can to catch little naps or even just brief moments of quiet time. Listening to classical music is not a substitute for sleep, but it relaxes the body.

By adhering to the four legs of health and fitness — exercise, nutrition, rest, and a positive emotional/spiritual state — there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to maintain a strong, supple, and fully functioning body no matter what our age. Unless, of course, God sends us an illness. But that’s a subject for another time.

Some thoughts to start your day:

There are always reasons to be thankful if you take time to look for them. For example,

1. I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.

2. When I’m feeling down, I like to whistle. It makes the neighbor’s noisy dog bark and wake up its owners.

3. If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

4. A penny saved is a government oversight.

5. The older you grow, the tougher it is to lose weight – by then your body and your fat are really good friends.

6. The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

7. He who hesitates is probably right.

8. If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

9. The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.

10. How long “a minute is depends upon which side of the bathroom door you’re standing.

11. If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?

12. Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.

13. If Wal-Mart is lowering prices every day, how come nothing is free yet?

14. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

15. Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

16. Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.

17. We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors…but they all have to learn to live in the same box.

18. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.

19. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

20. Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open.

21. Once over the hill, you pick up speed.

22. I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.

23. If not for STRESS, I’d have no energy at all.

24. Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

25. Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have any film.

26. I know God won’t give me more than I can handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.

27. You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.

28. We cannot change the direction of the wind…but we can adjust our sails.

29. If the shoe fits…buy it in every color.

30. Have an awesome day, and know that someone has thought about you today!

 ~Steve~                                              H/T  I_Man 

Obama Admin Announces 3.55% Cut To Medicare Advantage Programs.

Outraged

GOP lawmakers, trade groups rail against proposed Medicare 

Advantage cuts.

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By Tom Howell Jr.   The Washington Times  Saturday, February 22, 2014

Republican lawmakers cried foul Friday night over an Obama administration proposal to cut payment rates to private insurers who administer Medicare Advantage, a popular alternative to the government-run health program for seniors.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed cut of 3.55 percent to insurers like Humana Inc. and United HealthGroup Inc., although the reductions would not become final until spring.

Although not a surprise, the proposed cut come after an intense lobbying effort by the insurance industry against slashing rates, citing the potential for higher costs to seniors, and GOP lawmakers this year are sure to use the cuts as further ammo against the Affordable Care Act and its Democratic supporters.  

“The health law cut more than $300 billion from the popular Medicare Advantage program, potentially forcing hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries to find new health care plans, despite the president’s promise,” said Rep. Joe Pitts, Pennsylvania Republican and chairman of a House panel on health. “The cuts announced today will only exacerbate the effect this will have on the health care of millions of our nation’s seniors, leaving them with higher costs and fewer choices.”

About 15 million people, or slightly less than a third of all Medicare recipients, are enrolled Medicare Advantage plans, while the rest rely on the government’s fee-for-service model to reimburse doctors.

CMS officials insisted late Friday that the program is on the right course. It said Medicare Advantage premiums have fallen by 10 percent since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, while enrollment has increased to an all-time high 15 million enrollees.

“We believe that plans will continue their strong participation in the Medicare Advantage program in 2015 and beneficiaries will continue to have a wide array of high quality, high value, low cost options available to them while at the same time we are making certain that plans are providing value to Medicare and taxpayers,” said Jonathan BlumCMS’s principal deputy administrator.

But top Republicans like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia jumped all over Friday’s proposal, saying Democrats are taking another swipe at a popular program after Obamacare ushered in a first round of cuts.

“ObamaCare has already caused millions to lose the healthcare plans they liked, and now it is directly harming seniors who rely on the care they have through Medicare Advantage,” he said. “Our nation’s grandparents should not have to wake up tomorrow worried they no longer can access the care they want because of ObamaCare.”

The move is also a setback to trade groups who lobbied hard against the cuts in TV ads and through other means, arguing the cuts could destabilize rates.

“You know, we vote,” an elderly woman says in one frequently aired ad.

America’s Health Insurnace Plans has frequently warned the government not to slash Medicare Advantage payments and will likely redouble their efforts to combat Friday’s proposal.

“Another round of payment cuts would be devastating to the more than 15 million seniors and people with disabilities that have chosen to enroll in Medicare Advantage for the better benefits and higher quality coverage these plans provide,” AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni said.

~Steve~

SEE ALSO: Obama doubles down on minimum wage; GOP still zeroed in on Obamacare

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/22/gop-lawmakers-trade-groups-rail-against-proposed-m/#ixzz2u9Hm2fQa

This is fun..I think. How Long Will You Live Calculator.

I made it to 80

I made it to 80

HOW MANY YEARS DO YOU HAVE LEFT?

Watch your age in the upper right corner!

Kinda fun to watch your age go up and down as you answer the questions.

Now this is interesting, give it a try….

How long will you live?

This is a calculator that estimates your life expectancy.

It was developed by Northwestern Mutual Life. It’s interesting that there are only 13 questions. Yet, they can predict how long you’re likely to live.

http://media.nmfn.com/tnetwork/lifespan

~Steve~                                         H/T  hujonwi

ObamaCare Imploding! Obama Making It Up As He Goes.

Ladies and Gentlemen This POS is breaking the law as it is written everytime he waves his magic pen and changes the goal post. When will they freaken impeach him????

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Obama’s New Delay of Employer Mandate Violates Plain Language of Law.

By Terence P. Jeffrey           February 10, 2014 – 6:14 PM

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama’s Treasury Department issued a new  regulation today that for the second time directly violates the plain and unambiguous text of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by allowing some businesses to avoid the law’s Dec. 31, 2013 deadline to provide health insurance coverage to their employees.

Initially, on July 2, 2013, the administration unilaterally delayed the deadline for the employer mandate until 2015. Now, the administration is unilaterally delaying it for some businesses until 2016.

n its official summary of PPACA, the Congressional Research Service said: “(Sec. 1513, as modified by section 10106) Imposes fines on large employers (employers with more than 50 full-time employees) who fail to offer their full-time employees the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential coverage or who have a waiting period for enrollment of more than 60 days.”

The text of the law itself describes an “applicable large employer” as follows: “The term ‘applicable large employer’ means, with respect to a calendar year, an employer who employed an average of at least 50 full-time employees on business days during the preceding calendar year.”

The final words in the section of PPACA mandating that employers with more than 50 full-time employees provide their employees with “minimum essential coverage” imposes a specific statutory deadline for doing so. It says: “EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.”

Last summer, the administration unilaterally moved this hard statutory deadline back one year to 2015 for all employers with more than 50 full-time employees. Now, without any action by Congress, the administration is moving it back again for some employers—despite the plain language of the law.

The Treasury Department has issued a fact sheet explaining how the Obama administration’s new declaration changes the meaning of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The fact sheet says:

“To ensure a gradual phase-in and assist the employers to whom the policy does apply, the final rules provide, for 2015, that: The employer responsibility provision will generally apply to larger firms with 100 or more full-time employees starting in 2015 and employers with 50 or more full-time employees starting in 2016.”

The fact sheet goes on to say:

“To avoid a payment for failing to offer health coverage, employers need to offer coverage to 70 percent of their full-time employees in 2015 and 95 percent in 2016 and beyond, helping employers that, for example, may offer coverage to employees with 35 or more hours, but not yet to that fraction of their employees who work 30 to 34 hours.”

It further says:

“While the employer responsibility provisions will generally apply starting in 2015, they will not apply until 2016 to employers with at least 50 but fewer than 100 full-time employees if the employer provides an appropriate certification described in the rules.”

And also:

“Employers that are subject to the employer responsibility provisions in 2015 must offer coverage to at least 70 percent of full-time employees as one of the conditions for avoiding an assessable payment, rather than 95 percent which will begin in 2016.”

In sum, the law says that employers with “at least 50 full-time employees” must provide “minimum essential coverage” in the “months beginning after December 31, 2013” or pay a fine. The new declaration from the Obama administration’s Treasury Department says this part of the law no longer applies. It says employers with between 50 and 99 employees need not provide coverage until 2016 and larger employers need only provide coverage to 70 percent of their employees next year.

Great Links from Drudge

~Steve~

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/obama-s-new-delay-employer-mandate-violates-plain-language-law