Archive for July 28th, 2010
July 28, 2010: Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill / Age Of Autism.com – July 15, 2010
Abnormal brain growth and function are features of autism, an increasingly common developmental disorder that now affects 1 in 60 boys in the US. Now researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Thoughtful House Center for Children in Austin, Texas, have found remarkably similar brain changes to those seen in autism in infant monkeys receiving the vaccine schedule used in the 1990’s that contained the mercury-based preservative thimerosal.
The group’s findings were published yesterday in the journal Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis.
They used scanning techniques that assessed both brain growth and brain function in the same animals over time. The research team was able to see differences in the way the brains of vaccinated and unvaccinated animals developed. Scans were performed before and after the administration of primary MMR and DTaP/Hib boosters that were given at the human equivalent of 12 months of age.
Throughout the study period, vaccinated animals showed an increase in total brain volume – a feature of the brain in many young children with autism – when compared with unvaccinated animals. However, a specific part of the brain associated with emotional responses that is thought to be important in autism, the amygdala, did not show abnormalities until after the 12-month vaccines had been given.
In addition, after the 12-month vaccines only, the functional brain scans showed significant differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated groups. These functional scans looked at the activity of receptors for morphine-like compounds (opioids) that may play a role in the brain of children affected by autism. Vaccine administration was associated with an increase in opioid binding activity in the amygdala compared with a decrease in the unvaccinated group.
The results indicate that multiple vaccine exposures during the previous 3-4 months may have had a significant impact on brain growth and development in ways that are consistent with the published data on autism. For the amygdala, the novel findings of abnormal growth and function appear to be a function of more recent vaccine exposures – the 12-month primary MMR vaccine and the DTaP and Hib boosters.
In an accompanying editorial Dr. Kris Turlejski, the Editor-in-Chief, described the findings as “alarming”, “support[ing] the possibility that there is a link between early immunization and the etiology of autism.”
In the same primate model, the research team has already identified delayed acquisition of vital brainstem reflexes in infants exposed to the thimerosal-containing hepatitis B vaccine on the first day of life, compared with unvaccinated animals. A larger, second phase study is currently underway to see if these findings can be replicated.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who is not a listed author but whose support in the design of the study is acknowledged, said “I hope the model will not only provide important insights into the origins of autism, but also ways of safely testing possible new autism treatments and vaccines.”
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: And for all those with children getting ready to attend school in the fall… – SJH
New Immunization Required For Students This Fall
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July 28, 2010: KATU Staff Editors / KOMO News (Seattle) – July 27, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. — Detectives interviewed former U.S. Vice President Al Gore this past week in San Francisco, a law enforcement source has confirmed to KATU News.
Portland police detectives interviewed Gore on Thursday, questioning him further about allegations that he sexually abused a licensed massage therapist.
Investigators had filed a special report in January 2007, recording the massage therapist’s claims that Gore grabbed and groped her when she gave him a massage at a Portland hotel in October 2006. The woman went public in a June 23  National Enquirer story and held up “soiled” pants for a June 30  Enquirer cover.
On July 1 , the Portland Police Bureau reopened its sexual assault investigation into the former vice president. Officials said the extra review was needed as detectives looking into the matter this past year failed to notify high-ranking officials of the decision to drop the case.
The Enquirer has published the stories of two other massage therapists. Those therapists, who worked at hotels in Tokyo and Los Angeles, have also claimed Gore made unwanted sexual advances toward them.
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Apparently the only “man-made” global warming is caused by Viagra? Bring this scumbag traitor and original sales pimp of Agenda 21 and the global warming fraud down hard! – SJH
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July 28, 2010: Chris Zoladz / Detroit Free Press via WZZM 13 (ABC) – July 27, 2010
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) – Battle Creek area residents are being warned to stay away from the Kalamazoo River because of a major oil spill.
An estimated 840,000 gallons of oil leaked into a creek Monday that feeds into the river. Area media were reporting that odor from the spill hung heavy over Battle Creek this morning.
“It is unknown at this time how far the spill has traveled and exactly what areas have been affected. It is assumed due to the current level of the Kalamazoo River and the speed of the current that the entire Emmett Township area and beyond has been affected,” according to an advisory issued today by the Emmett Township Public Safety Department.
Wayne Hoepner, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, said oil from the spill could reach Lake Michigan as early as Sunday, although numerous variables could affect the flow rate. The NWS has been getting reports of oil on the eastern edge of Battle Creek. Hoepner said the oil is likely to reach Comstock, a township in Kalamazoo County, tomorrow.
Calls to Chicago-based Enbridge Liquids Pipelines were not immediately returned today. A message on a company hotline set up for the spill said “we regret any inconvenience this has caused to the community.”
The oil leaked Monday from a 30-inch pipeline that carries about 8 million gallons of oil per day from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario. The oil spilled into Talmadge Creek, which flows northwest into the Kalamazoo River. The site is in Calhoun County’s Marshall Township, about 60 miles southeast of Grand Rapids. Authorities evacuated two homes near the leak.
According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, an impromptu animal rescue of wildlife affected by the Marshall-area oil spill will begin at noon today. Organizers said in a posting on Facebook that volunteers should gather at Squaw Creek, scene of the spill, at noon. They said volunteers should bring fish nets, leather gloves, large tubs, Dawn dish soap and watering cans for rinsing off the animals.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., issued a statement today indicating he is “deeply concerned about the effects of the oil spill near Marshall, including the environmental impact and the disruption to residents and businesses. It is also deeply worrisome that the oil from the spill has made its way into the Kalamazoo River.”
Levin said his office has been in contact with federal agencies “to make sure that those carrying out the cleanup have all the resources they need to complete the cleanup job as quickly as possible.” While the focus now is on limiting damage and clean-up, Levin said it is “vitally important” that the company responsible for the spill bear the costs of clean-up and compensate anyone suffering financial damages related to the spill.
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I lived right on the Gulf of Mexico and there’s an unprecedented oil spill. I move literally 3 blocks from Lake Michigan, and there’s a ‘major’ oil spill. Anybody out there want to finance me to move to Washington DC next? Meanwhile, another suspicious spill in the Gulf has erupted… – SJH
Boat Crashes Into Oil Well, Creating New Spill In Gulf Of Mexico
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