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Re: “Understanding the Vaccination Controversy

FINALLY a periodical with the GUTS to print something controversial about vaccines! Thank you Chronogram for printing some of the Actual Science about vaccines. As a physician with 31 years experience I have treated cases of vaccine injured children and have been dismayed by the responses of public health officials and many of my colleagues who turn their backs on injured children and parents who have authentic concerns. I have reviewed data from numerous sources and I am convinced that we have inadequate information to fully inform parents regarding the true dangers of vaccines. I am encouraged that Chronogram has dared to print this article. The public needs to stand up and demand a scientific evaluation of vaccines free from the corrupting influence of industry.

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Posted by Dr. RonW on 05/04/2019 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Understanding the Vaccination Controversy

You have to love it!

The first two responses to this article are from local medical doctors ... with more than seven decades of practice between them treating children and families ... and THEY don't agree.

One doctor wants even more governmental power to compel (force under threat of violence) the populace to do something that is against their conscience and/or religious beliefs while the other admits that, as doctors, they don't have enough information to fully inform parents about the true dangers vaccines pose.

One likens those who dare to question the safety and efficacy of even one of the nearly 50 doses a child must have before the age of 6 to "flat-earthers" while the other calls for a scientific evaluation of vaccines (which has never been done) free from governmental and industry influence.

One says that not vaccinating a child is akin to "parental abuse" (I assume he meant child abuse) and the other treats vaccine-damaged children in his practice while observing that his colleagues often turn a blind eye.

Dismissing valid questions and concerns while denigrating those who aren't convinced by anecdotal evidence and high-priced marketing campaigns is a clear sign that the weight of actual scientific data is not on your side. Doctors are among the most vocal in calling vaccine safety into question and doctors are among the growing list of apparently "poorly informed" parents who choose to either delay vaccination, to selectively vaccinate, or to choose a non-pharmaceutical approach to health.

Equating the wearing of a protective helmet or seat belt to the injection chemicals containing toxins, heavy metals, aborted fetal tissue, non-human DNA and even glyphosate -- all without double-blind trials of any kind -- directly into the bloodstreams and brains of our most vulnerable is unpersuasive at best and disingenuous at worst.

Promoting vaccines as a panacea while not recognizing their numerous inherent risks (printed on every vaccine insert) is not what new parent needs or expects from his or her medical professional and it certainly doesn't foster informed consent.

In 2011, the Supreme Court recognized vaccines as "unavoidably unsafe products" and yet the full-court press to vaccinate continues. Nearly $4 billion have been paid by taxpayers (not the vaccine manufacturers) to nearly 6,000 families of vaccine injured children since 1988 while the CDC estimates that only about 10% of adverse vaccine reactions are ever reported.

Freedom to share data, opinions, and observations is one of the many blessings that we enjoy in our country, one that needs to be unfailingly protected. Which is why it should concern all of us that the mainstream and social media are now openly and admittedly working to silence voices merely asking questions about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. At the same time, the biggest search engines are altering their algorithms to bury studies which call these very things into question.

As in most cases, if we follow the money the answers tend to present themselves.

There are nearly 300 vaccines in big pharma's developmental pipeline today. With absolutely no liability and a bureaucratic machine ready to mandate their products, it becomes increasingly obvious why honest questions and those who ask them are ridiculed and systematically silenced. With national adult vaccine mandates already in the works, vaccines are set to become a substantially larger revenue generator for the pharmaceutical industry ... and for media giants' ad departments ... and for political "fund-raising" ... and, dare I say, for the medical practice bottom line.

You really do have to wonder if all doctors, their staff, and all of those associated family members are fully vaccinated with ALL of the doses that are mandated for school children.

And if not ... why not?

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Posted by Todd from Tivoli on 05/04/2019 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Lyme Lessons

Great article! I am a living example of the ILADS/Dr. Horowitz/MSIDS "side" of the Lyme Disease debate. If you can, please read my story at www.GoFundMe.HelpThisLymeMom Thanks for writing about this!

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Posted by Crystal Leibfred on 08/02/2014 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Mountain Biking: A Non-Medicated Approach to Helping Kids with ADHD

Great article! Any effort to to get 21st century kids outdoors is vital. The fact that this program may help students mitigate their ADHD symptoms with fresh air and exercise is fantastic. Sounds like The Storm King School has a very supportive environment for students with learning differences as well as a great location for mountain biking.

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Posted by Ben on 04/03/2019 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Sister Healer: Sister Dang Nghiem

How amazing. Your wisdom and insightfulness has been a grt inspiration. I to hard a very tough upbringing and I can relate to you very much. I leave the uk for 2 months in August to travel Bali. I would love to hear ur story about making the committee of becoming a Nun. As I'm in the process of exploring that for myself. I would very much love to stay at Plum Village to learn and seek God in a deeper level.
I'm 47 female. I would love to hear your views
Bless you sister xxx
Rozalin Kovacs in thd United Kingdom

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Posted by Rozkovacs on 07/04/2015 at 3:34 PM

Re: “The Autoimmune Connection

Inflammation, though naturally intended as a part of the immune response, is the misery part of having an autoimmune disorder. As well, the inflammation response can have a life of its own. Identification is the first order of an immune response, but targeting and orchestrating the inflammation activity itself is not only the source of the autoimmune disorder personal suffering, but can take on a life of its own. If the modulation of message passing is misdirected, primary targeting doesn't necessarily need to be the source of error. Inflammation can also vary with target identity beyond the point of B cell and T cell activity. Yet the article here treats inflammation response as a tangential activity. Normally the immune system is viewed as a response in the direction of antigen to killing and repair localization, but research also needs to turn to independent tissue attraction as a part of how the inflammation becomes locally active. How does floating increase and decrease of inflammation activity, as well as self-targeting occur? As a non-specific autoimmune sufferer and novice student, these are some conclusions and questions I have drawn.

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Posted by Richard Patterson on 12/01/2013 at 4:15 PM

Re: “The Autoimmune Connection

And then they put you on Steroids-then because of the Steroids, you have an Adrenal Crisis-and what's the solution-MORE STEROIDS!!!!!!!! I'm at the point-I won't even go to the Dr. or Hspt. anymore-Seriously, sick of being diagnosed with something else on top of the loaded cart that I've already got. It seems they ALL tend to piggyback on top of each other...

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Posted by Cindy on 12/04/2013 at 10:02 AM

Re: “It Takes a (Farm) Village

Thank you for this beautiful article! I am living in Camphill Village Minnesota and I really appreciate the message you are sending. With pressure from the federal government threatening our lives and community, we really need to be known and this is a great way to help us be known. Thank you!

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Posted by Lindsey Flicker on 06/03/2016 at 11:23 PM

Re: “The Autoimmune Connection

I wholly believe the integrative medicine approach makes the most sense. Until you can see one , however, do a 3-4 week elimination diet. Gluten causes insane inflammation in my body. Just cutting it out of my diet helped tremendously.

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Posted by Gretchen DeWees Kennedy on 12/05/2013 at 6:37 AM

Re: “Mountain Biking: A Non-Medicated Approach to Helping Kids with ADHD

According the CDC the number one leading cause of death for kids in the middle and high school is vehicular crashes. If you are truly interested in the health and safety of kids, please use the energy you are displaying here to get kids out of cars.

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Posted by Ignacio Rivera de Rosales on 04/02/2019 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Can New York Pull Off Single-Payer Healthcare?

America desperately needs a single-payer / universal health care system (two separate things, but one makes the other much simpler). Doctors and medical practices remain private (its not a government takeover!) and everyone pays into a single risk pool. No need for Medicaid. No need for Medicare. No need for private insurance. No copays. No deductibles. The NY Health Act is a step towards this. Lets make it work in NY and show the rest of the country that taxes can be put to good use.

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Posted by Matt Clifton on 06/02/2018 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Healed By Horses

I had the opportunity to attend a HorsePlay session with Cori and Rosey and it was incredible. I found deeper insight about what I was struggling with in the hour I spent at the farm than months of work with my therapist. Of course, I love my therapist but working with the horse really opened up things in a direct and clear way because I was coming to my own conclusions. I suggest anybody with a passing interest to definitely check them out and what they are doing because it is truly inspirational.
Thanks Chronogram for covering a topic like this. We have the best local paper because of stories like this one!

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Posted by kingstongrrl on 07/01/2016 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Understanding the Vaccination Controversy

Thank you for this article which dares to open a safe space for the evaluation of governmental vaccination policy and specifically, in New York State at this time. From looking at the likes indicated for the 3 previous comments, it's obvious the voices FOR legitimate concern and inquiry, far outnumber those AGAINST the exercise of our rights in a free society. It is discouraging though, how few comments there are because this issue could not be more URGENT as a focus of concern for free citizens, as it represents a line in the sand regarding any further erosion of personal freedom. What could be more urgent than the intentions of the few to decide for the many, including your child and YOU, what you MUST allow to be injected into your body, based on very limited scientific investigation for proof of safety and despite increasingly growing evidence of mass harm?

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Posted by Lady M on 05/12/2019 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Mountain Biking: A Non-Medicated Approach to Helping Kids with ADHD

A friend of mine shared this article with me as I have a son with ADHD. I started mountain biking in 2014 as a way of dealing with the loss of a loved one. By 2015 my son was riding an old BMX bike, no gears, on weekends. That winter for Christmas we got him a Diamondback with gears and most recently we borrowed a very nice bike from a great friend.

When he rides he rides with proper equipment. In fact, more than most. Helmet, Knee Pads, Elbow bads and for the most part a full face mask. Not only has he been taught to ride ONLY on approved trails, but he has also been taught to respect those trails, other bikers and the other user groups we share them with. If he sees trash, he picks it up. He always yields the trail and has learned to communicate well with those who are older than him. He has learned how to overcome obstacles, how to train and how to be a good steward.

He is responsible for packing his own gear and taking care of his bike. It is somewhat amazing what an ADHD child can do with some motivation. While riding a bike has not been a silver bullet to all things ADHD, it serves as a constant reminder to himself and to me of what he is capable of.

One additional, perhaps odd, comment. the sport has taught us to be more accepting of others and their views. I think perhaps we have left some folks with things to think about too. Mountain biking transcends politics and builds bridges where one may not have existed.

Life is full of risk. Mountain biking is a sport with a lot of inherent risks. We have seen so much good come from our experiences on the bike and off -- hanging out with people. In a world of video games, smartphones, and 24/7 entertainment, we'll continue to take our chances with mountain biking.

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Posted by Justin K on 05/01/2019 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Understanding the Vaccination Controversy

If there is one video on this topic that should be required viewing for ALL PEDITRICIANS, ALL PHYSICIANS, and ALL PARENTS it would be this BRAND NEW one:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Breaks His Silence

The video was published on YouTube on May 14, 2019 and it features Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in Albany, NY. Kennedy spoke about the history of vaccines and the unholy alliance between governmental agencies, congress and the pharmaceutical industry.

To quote Kennedy: Not one of the seventy-two vaccines currently on the schedule, mandated for our children, has ever been tested against a placebo. That means that nobody can scientifically tell you what the risk profile of that product is. Nobody can tell you that that product is going to save more lives than it can take with any scientific basis whatsoever How can we as a society, as a government, as a Democratic party be mandating products for our children when we cannot tell them what the risk is?

Look, we know that pediatric researchers and practitioners love love love children. But that doesnt mean they cant be wrong. That doesnt mean that they cant be propagandized, mislead, uneducated and lied to just like the rest of us.

Its time we all took our heads out of the statist sands and started to look at the actual facts and science. We need to look at what governmental agencies themselves have said about vaccines. We have to stop uncritically swallowing the line that vaccines are safe and effective and start demanding proof.

We arent anti-vaxxers but we are, as Kennedy concludes, in favor of safe vaccines, robust science, and transparency in our government.

To paraphrase Kennedy: We are in favor of peer-reviewed science. You will never hear the words peer review from a vaccine proponent. What youll hear is appeals to authority. What does that mean? It means that vaccines are safe because CDC says theyre safe and the World Health Organization says theyre safe. But the ultimate authority is the Institute of Medicine. Named by Congress to be the ultimate authority on vaccine safety, the IOM says there are 150 diseases that we think are caused by vaccines. In 1994, 1998 and again 2011 the IOM instructed the CDC to study vaccine safety and the CDC has refused.

Perhaps even the doctor whose comments have earned so many dislikes in this discussion thread might learn a thing or two because facts are more compelling than insults. And maybe we all should have a look at Kennedys Organization at

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Posted by A Concerned Parent on 05/16/2019 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Mountain Biking: A Non-Medicated Approach to Helping Kids with ADHD

It must be sad to see your entire life's work crumble away before your eyes as you sit and type nonsense from a dark lonely basement of self pity. Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in America and in your lifetime you will see the hobby you have unsuccessfully tried to destroy eclipse all other forms of outdoor recreation. All while branding yourself as a pariah, relegated to aimlessly patrolling the hillsides while mountain bikers enjoy some beautiful fresh single track in your own backyard. Must be hard to watch, no?

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Posted by Gail on 04/30/2019 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Mountain Biking: A Non-Medicated Approach to Helping Kids with ADHD

Readers: please note the above poster has a very undistinguished history across the country. He clearly has antagonism to MTB. I will note that I am a 20yr. Mountain Biker; I am significantly ADHD. I am a hiker, a skier, and a friend to horse-folks and folks with disabilities.
The opinion above is clearly one sided, but the statistics and examples chosen are so chosen to create emotional reaction, but not based in data on a broader scale.
For more information about this very biased poster, see:

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Posted by Jvw.gtd on 04/30/2019 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Sing, Act, Dance, Heal

Two other resources regarding music therapy are:
The American Music Therapy Association ( and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (
A Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) has completed (1) a college degree in music therapy, (2) an approved internship totaling 1,200 hours of clinical training, and (3) successfully passed the board certification exam.

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Posted by Sharon Graham on 03/06/2016 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Turning Back The Clock

I am thrilled to see an article outlining the positive aspects of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Menopause can be an absolute nightmare for many women - myself included. After trying meditation, Chinese herbs, American herbs, acupuncture, and tranquilizers to deal with menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia and low libido) I started taking bio-identical hormones 5 years ago. It has SAVED my quality of life. Is there a risk; of course. However, the risk of various cancers is very low but the quality of life achieved with a balanced therapy is worth that SMALL risk. If you decide to go the route of HRT make sure you go to a doctor who is qualified in prescribing bio-identicals and not synthetic hormones. Your blood needs to be checked constantly to ensure you have the correct balance of hormones. It is costly but again it worth the quality of life achieved!

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Posted by MAL on 02/01/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Can New York Pull Off Single-Payer Healthcare?

Thank you for this article. "Improved Medicare for All" (federal bill) and "Improved Medicare for All NYers" (NY Health, A4736/S4840, NYS legislation that will pass the Assembly the 4th time this week and is one senator shy of a senate majority) are different bills, both important, but NY Health could become law in 2019.

It would bring, as Ms. Kagen notes, healthcare in NYS that is UNIVERSAL (covering everyone), COMPREHENSIVE (better coverage than Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance), AFFORDABLE (no financial obstacles to healthcare, paid for by progressive tax that rises with income), SIMPLER (no eligibility, no means testing, no networks, no prior authorizations or paperwork or premiums, nothing between you and your doctor), and COST-EFFECTIVE (by cutting out the 30% of HC dollars that don't benefit health, e.g., insurer profits, paperwork, advertising, and $20M/year executive compensation ... and by negotiating discounts on drugs and medical devices, likely paying the 40% of list that the VA and Canada pay, AND cutting fraud, which is rampant in our multi-payer, for-profit system, AND providing cost-controls).

People worry about how better quality coverage for everyone, without cost-sharing (no co-pays, no deductibles, no network fees) can possible save NYS (us) $45B/year. Would we really pay less in taxes than we're currently paying for premiums and out-of-pocket costs? Yes. That's why other developed countries have better health outcomes and pay half of what the US does. Single-payer is less expensive to run and makes it easier to focus on prevention and health.

For New Yorkers, there's also the issue of local property taxes. In Ulster, 46% of county property taxes pay for Medicaid. Under NY Health, the county would no longer have to pay this NY Health would pay it. Businesses could will save $2B/year in administering healthcare, pay lower employee contributions. and enjoy financial stimulus as $45B in added consumer spending spikes demand for their products and services. For NYers, losing your job won't lose your healthcare -- and you won't have to stay in your job to keep your healthcare (Job-lock) or stay in a marriage because your spouse has healthcare (marriage-lock).

As the Ms. Kagan suggests, go to to find out more. And then contact your representatives, who do not yet support it, despite most of their constituents wanting it and needing it.

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Posted by Judy in NY on 06/03/2018 at 3:03 PM

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