An Interview With Dr. Andrew Wakefield: Why We Need Safe Vaccines Immediately — and How to Make it Happen

An Interview With Dr. Andrew Wakefield: Why We Need Safe Vaccines Immediately — and How to Make it Happen

September 23rd, 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

The question of vaccination has polarized parents across the U.S. and beyond for years. In one arena, parents feel it’s an absolute necessity to have children vaccinated, for the benefit of public good in stopping preventable diseases. These parents typically support the idea of mandatory vaccinations for all children. On the opposite side, you have parents who either care for their vaccine injured child or, through research, have serious reservations about vaccine safety. Adding to the complexity of the issue, many have lost faith in governmental health organizations to objectively inform the public on vaccine policy, benefits and side-effects, without conflicts of interest.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield is at the forefront of the debate after he received international media attention over his 1998 Lancet paper, which found a possible correlation between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. He’s also the director of a new documentary, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.

Dr. Wakefield joins Wake Up World to discuss what he believes needs to happen in order for vaccines to be rendered safe — and to restore public faith in vaccination science.

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The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out

The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out

September 21st, 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Dr. Andrew Wakefield is largely known for the firestorm created by his 1998 Lancet paper, which found evidence of a possible association between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. Critics of Dr. Wakefield are quick to point out the paper was ultimately retracted by the journal and that he was stripped of his medical license by the General Medical Council (GMC). Some classify him as a fraud and unethical researcher, who has put countless children in danger because parents now question the safety of vaccines. And yet, others believe “he is a brilliant and courageous scientist, a compassionate physician beloved by his patients, and a champion for families with autism and vaccine injury.”

In a world where the media bows to corporate masters, and the pharmaceutical industry wields incredible power over both public and governmental opinion, the truth isn’t always easy to discern. And the controversy surrounding Dr. Wakefield is no exception…

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Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD is Largely a Fraud

Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD is Largely a Fraud

September 9th, 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Viewed by academics as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, Jerome Kagan ranked above Carl Jung (the founder of analytical psychology) and Ivan Pavlov (who discovered the Pavlovian reflex) in a 2002 American Psychological Association ranking of the eminent psychologists. He is well-known for his pioneering work in developmental psychology at Harvard University, where he has spent decades documenting how babies and small children grow, and is an exceptional and highly-regarded researcher.

So it may be surprising to learn that he believes the diagnosis of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is an invention — and only benefits the pharmaceutical industry and psychiatrists.

Mislabeling Mental Illness

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Forget Dangerous Pharmaceuticals — Here’s How to Help Heal Autism, ADHD and More With Natural Therapies

Forget Dangerous Pharmaceuticals — Here’s How to Help Heal Autism, ADHD and More With Natural Therapies

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village.” ~ Elaine Hall

Healing Without Hurting

When your child suffers from autism, ADD/ADHD, anxiety or other developmental and behavioral issues, it’s easy to fall into the trap of a promised ‘quick fix’ regarding pharmaceutical medications. After all, you trust your child’s doctor, what’s to question? As it turns out, quite a bit.

Unfortunately, most parents are not told that these pharmaceuticals can unleash a host of unpleasant, if not dangerous, side-effects — including increased anger, depression, fogginess, as well as seizures, paranoia, tics and psychosis. Many times, parents feel these effects are worse than the original ailment the meds were aimed to treat. But this doesn’t mean you have to choose between pharmaceutical intervention or simply suffering through the disorder. A myriad of natural therapies and treatments have a strong track record of improving the lives of countless children diagnosed with developmental delay and behavioral issues.

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CDC Concealed Link Between Thimerosal and Autism for Over a Decade, Forced to Release Incriminating Documents

CDC Concealed Link Between Thimerosal and Autism for Over a Decade, Forced to Release Incriminating Documents

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

A long-held debate between pro- and anti-vaccination groups may finally be put to rest over the association between thimerosal — a preservative composed of 49.5% ethyl mercury used in numerous child and flu vaccines — and neurological disorders, particularly autism.

For nearly a decade, biochemist Brian Hooker, Ph.d., has been petitioning documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in relation to the controversial preservative. After more than 100 requests, the documents were eventually released — and clearly showed thimerosal can in fact cause autism and other neurodevelopment disorders. But this isn’t the only study that demonstrates the brain and health harming nature of the compound.

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“Kiddie Cocaine” – FDA Approves New ADHD Amphetamine Drug Disguised as Candy

“Kiddie Cocaine” – FDA Approves New ADHD Amphetamine Drug Disguised as Candy

3rd June 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Side effects include loss of appetite, insomnia, abdominal pain, emotional lability, vomiting, nervousness, nausea, fever and stunted growth. For those who have cardiac abnormalities, taking this class of pharmaceutical drug can cause sudden death. May cause psychotic or manic symptoms in patients with no prior history, or exacerbation of symptoms in patients with pre-existing psychosis. The drugs are addictive and have a high potential for abuse. 

Yet despite these dire warnings, the FDA has moved forward with making these pharmaceuticals more attractive to children, so that “the new, quick-dissolving formulation will help harried mothers get their kids medicated faster before school.” [source]

The drugs in question? Pharmaceutical grade amphetamines used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Promising Research Offers New Hope in Understanding and Treating Autism

Promising Research Offers New Hope in Understanding and Treating Autism

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“A new government survey of parents suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is notably higher than the official government estimate of 1 in 68 American children with autism, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” ~ Autism Speaks

For most parents, a diagnosis of autism can be a terrifying prospect. Not only will the child require extra care and extensive therapy, potentially straining financial resources and relationships, but will also demand significant emotional, physical and mental fortitude from the parents. More often than not, this commitment is for an entire lifetime because these kids don’t turn 18 and suddenly become independent and self-sufficient. Have a look at any message board about special needs children and you will find comments like: “I’m barely keeping my head above water” or “I don’t know how much more I can take,” “I’m irritable — always,” “I had to go on antidepressants just to cope,” along with remarks about extreme stress, exhaustion, burnout and marriages falling apart. For parents, the demands are exceptional — and the reality is oftentimes harsh.

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Hidden Treasures Behind the Mask of Autism — A Story of Poetry and Redemption for Those Who Cannot Speak

Hidden Treasures Behind the Mask of Autism — A Story of Poetry and Redemption for Those Who Cannot Speak

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Autism is a disorder that tends to attract generalized assumptions, where the person in question is lumped together with others and rarely viewed as a complex individual with their own wants, needs and desires. Biased views towards those who never learn to speak can be even more pronounced. As one mother of a severely autistic child once asked, “How much can really be going on in there?”

But then we have children like Elizabeth Bonker, a young poet who shatters many of the preconceived notions we have about non-verbal autism. Through her art, she illuminates the inner world of autism — with astonishing depth and vision.

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Independent Journalist Ben Swann Blows the Lid on CDC Vaccine Cover-Up

Independent Journalist Ben Swann Blows the Lid on CDC Vaccine Cover-Up

30th January 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“I regret that my co-authors and I omitted statistically significant information…” ~ Dr. William Thompson, former Centers for Disease Control (CDC) scientist and whistleblower

The issue of whether or not to vaccinate is a contentious topic. Parents that fear or have direct experience with the crippling — sometimes deadly — effects of vaccination, feel objective and rigorous research should be the standard. Of the opposite viewpoint are pro-vaccine supporters who believe vaccination is completely safe and without risk. The debate continues to rage, but the fact remains that until we have a solid, unbiased and transparent examination of vaccine safety, the disagreement will not be resolved anytime soon.

With this in mind, Ben Swann has dug deep into the issue. A 2-time Emmy and 3-time Edward R. Murrow award winning journalist, Swann has an impressive track record for reliable investigative journalism. After success as anchor at FOX 19 in Cincinnati — and known for his bold approach in fearlessly bringing the truth to light — Swann launched the Truth in Media project, created as a response to mainstream media’s failure to provide an honest representation of current and past events. As an industry leader for independent journalists, Swann breaks through the “Left vs. Right” paradigm with “a sharp focus on restoring truth in media.”

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How to Heal ADHD — Without Resorting to Pharmaceutical Grade Amphetamines

How to Heal ADHD — Without Resorting to Pharmaceutical Grade Amphetamines

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The diagnosis and subsequent medicating of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has jumped to alarming levels in the United States over the last few years. The stimulants used to treat the condition have more than doubled since 2007 to an astounding $9 billion in 2012. In light of this, many are questioning whether children are diagnosed accurately or if this is yet another medical label that pharmaceutical companies can exploit to reap massive profits.

To date, 1 in 5 high school aged boys are diagnosed with ADHD, while 1 in 10 are said to have the condition across all age groups below eighteen. According to data collected in 2013 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s estimated 6.4 million children in the U.S. aged 4 through 17 have received an ADHD diagnosis at one point during their lifetime, which equates to a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 41 percent jump over the last decade. “Those are astronomical numbers. I’m floored,” Dr. William Graf, a pediatric neurologist in New Haven and professor at the Yale school of Medicine, told the New York Times.

What exactly is going on?

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How Cannabis Helps My ADHD – A Patient’s Story

How Cannabis Helps My ADHD – A Patient’s Story

By an anonymous patient

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Let me introduce myself, I am a 32-year-old entrepreneur with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and I use cannabis, daily, to manage my condition. I’ve spent the past decade running international businesses on two continents, and have previously been in a long-term relationship for nine years; which provided me with a beautiful 6-year-old daughter whom I care for jointly.

My story starts when I was diagnosed at age two with ADHD and spent the next three years on a series of diets that have affected my eating habits to this day. I didn’t have chocolate, sugar, wheat or cow’s milk until I was five. From then I was medicated with amphetamine-derived drugs for over 20 years. First Ritalin, then in my 20s Concerta. By age 10 I was prescribed double the maximum daily dose (which is 6 tablets or 60 mg) and I was given 12 tablets or 120mg methylphenidate per day. By age 15 I was on 4.5 x the maximum daily dose at 25 tablets and 250mg per day.

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The Child From Hell – Raising a Child with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome

The Child From Hell – Raising a Child with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome

By Dr. Susan M. Walker

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

I know, what a title, right? But it was very much my reality when my child was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (autistic like behavior) immediately after receiving his second set of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) inoculations.

Bob was born a healthy, happy, blonde haired, adorable, big blue-eyed baby. He stayed this way up until 18 months old. The evening of his second series of MMR inoculations, I began seeing a dramatic change in his demeanor. Instead of his normal cry for assistance, his crying had turned into loud shrieking screams. It made the hair stand up on the back on my neck, sounding as though he was in extreme pain. When I’d pick him up, he would arch backwards away from me, and did that with everyone who attempted to hold him. His bubbly spirit had left him and now he was sullen, distant, and violent. He’d kick holes in walls, he’d bite, and he scratched all of us, even his babysitters.

He never walked anywhere, he’d always take off running and would run away every opportunity he got. I couldn’t take my eyes off him even for a split second. There were many times I would have to get the community out searching for him, because he’d take the screens off the windows and crawl out. He went through phases of creating hellish situations, for example, he liked the sound of breaking glass, whether is was beer bottles breaking that he’d found by dumpsters, or patio windows he’d shatter by throwing rocks.

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