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AUTISM GREATLY LINKED WITH ENVIRONMENT

While the underlying causes of autism are still not fully understood, many health experts believe that genetics, environmental factors or a combination of the two are to blame.

CDC WHISTLE BLOWER SCANDAL

Senior vaccine safety research scientist Dr. William Thompson confesses that he and his research team at CDC have been hiding vaccine autism links from the public.

About Health Choice

Mission

Health Choice is a non-profit organization focusing on awareness of health choices, education on nutrition, healing, and prevention of chronic illnesses for children and adults. Our group was formed in response to a study published in Academic Pediatrics that represented 43% of children (32 million) in the US suffers from a chronic health condition. It is our belief that these rates will continue to increase if parents are not aware of the unhealthy choices in their lifestyle such as industrial processed foods, side effects of vaccine choices, and other environmental and lifestyle factors. We want to help Americans understand how to have a healthy lifestyle, return to a state of wellness and promote sound choices for their children.

OUR TEAM

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Jennifer Black

Executive Leadership Team
Jennifer Black is a mother of two kids. While pregnant with her oldest, she became aware of issues with the vaccine program and started him on a delayed schedule for the first 10 months of his life. Before he turned 1, she and her husband decided to hold off on any further shots until he was older. Ultimately and after an exhaustive healing diet, they never returned to that method of healthcare as they gained more knowledge about their family’s biological disposition, genetic profile and his concerning delays in speech. She is thankful for those that have come before her that have brought a much needed spotlight to a very generalized, “one size” fits all program that is ultimately making our country sicker. Jennifer is an advocate for freedom of personal choice, protecting parental rights, self-responsibility, and making sure our elected individuals are working for their constituents. Jennifer has a Bachelors Degree in Business Management – Information Systems from Kennesaw State University and runs her own bookkeeping business. She is also serves on the board of a non-profit.
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MARK BLAXILL

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Mark Blaxill is the father of a daughter diagnosed with autism, Chairman and co-founder of the Canary Party, Editor-at-Large for Age of Autism, a former director of SafeMinds and a frequent speaker at autism conferences.
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DAN BURNS

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Dan E Burns, Ph.D. (English), served as a writer-producer for Eastman Kodak Company, as a speechwriter for Diamond Shamrock Corporation/Maxus Energy, and as Adjunct Professor, University of Texas at Arlington, teaching systems analysis.
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PATTI CARROLL

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Patti Carroll is a parent of two incredible teenagers, one of whom suffered permanent brain damage from his “Well Baby” vaccines. She is an outspoken advocate for vaccine safety, health freedom, and informed consent on potentially dangerous medical procedures.
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ALLISON CHAPMAN

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Allison Chapman attended Northeastern University and was formerly a restaurant and bar manager until she became the mom of 3 beautiful children, 2 daughters and a son with regressive autism, seizures, apraxia, gastrointestinal and esophageal inflammation.
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TERESA CONRICK

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Teresa Conrick MSEd, has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. Her older daughter received an autism diagnosis in 1995. Megan was a normally developing child who began to lose skills and show signs of regression, after receiving vaccines at 18 months.
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LOUIS CONTE

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Lou Conte is the father of triplet boys, two with autism. He is the Director of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Justice Project and a founding advocate member of EBCALA.
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ANNE DACHEL

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Anne Dachel is married and the mother of four, including two who were vaccine injured. She’s a teacher and she monitors how the press covers autism. She’s media editor for the daily online autism news blog, Age of Autism. Anne and her family live in WI.
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REBECCA ESTEPP

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Rebecca Estepp is the mother to two boys. Her oldest son, Eric, is a teenager with autism. Rebecca was an early member of Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) who assisted in the launch of the San Diego TACA Chapter in 2001.
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LAURA HAYES

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Laura Hayes is the mother of 3 young adult children, now ages 22, 20, and 18. Her children were born not long after the tripling of the vaccine schedule in the U.S., which included decimating levels of the neurotoxins mercury and aluminum, completely unbeknownst to her.
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ROLF HAZELHURST

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Rolf Hazelhurst is the father of Yates and Sarah Hazlehurst, and an assistant district attorney general for the state of Tennessee (Criminal prosecutor). His son’s case, Hazlehurst v. HHS was the second test case in the Omnibus Autism Proceeding.
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NANCY HOKKANEN

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Nancy Hokkanen lives in Bloomington, Minnesota with her husband and son. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications, and has worked since 1977 primarily in publishing, advertising and graphic arts.
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MARY HOLLAND

Legal Advisor, Advisory Group Chair
Mary Holland, Esq. is Research Scholar and Director of the Graduate Legal Skills Program at New York University School of Law. She is a founding board member of EBCALA.
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CATHY JAMESON

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Cathy Jameson is a former educator. Having stepped away from the classroom to raise her five children, Cathy is now a full-time mother, advocate, and writer.
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JENNIFER LARSON

Executive Board Member
Jennifer Larson is the mother of 16 year old with regressive autism, and the President of the Canary Party. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in marketing, psychology and speech communication.
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Sandi Marcus

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Sandi Marcus is mom to 3 adult children. Grandmother to 5 including identical twin boys diagnosed with autism. Public speaker, author, grassroots strategist and advocate for disability rights, vaccine safety and health freedom. Sandi is a member of several autism and disability organizations.
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MAUREEN MCDONNELL

Medical Advisor, Advisory Group
Maureen McDonnell has been a holistic, nutritionally-oriented registered nurse for 37 years, working n the fields of: childbirth education, labor and delivery, pediatrics and clinical nutrition.
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JULIE OBRADOVIC

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Julie Obradovic is a Contributing Editor to Age of Autism. Julie has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and two master’s degrees from St. Xavier University in Chicago.
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DAN OLMSTED

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Dan Olmsted is the editor of the web site Age of Autism (ageofautism.com). He has been a journalist for over thirty-five years. He was an original staff member of USA Today and senior editor of USA Weekend and United Press International.
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SYLVIA PIMENTEL

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Sylvia Pimentel is the mother of two teen boys with regressive autism. She is an advocate for vaccine safety and vaccine rights, and is an active member of several autism organizations.
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Jackie Polvado

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In February of 2015 Jackie was attending a school dance with her children when she received a text that would stop her dead in her tracks. A State Representative in Dallas had announced on the news he planned to write legislation to take away vaccine exemptions in the State of Texas. Jackie was no stranger to the movement as the mother of a vaccine injured child and 2 other children who attend public school on a conscientious waiver. But this was different. This was a pivotal moment that would drastically change the course of her life and her advocacy in Texas. The weekend was spent speaking with and coordinating advocates all over the state to stop this proposal dead in it’s tracks. With so much frantic communication Jackie decided to organize an “information sharing” group on Facebook called “Texans for Vaccine Choice” never imagining it would lead to where it is today. Although the group got a late start 6 weeks into session, together with other like minded organizations TFVC went on to defeat 16 Vaccine Choice related bills that session. When session wrapped up in June, Jackie and her leadership team knew it was time to formally organize. TFVC filed to become a Political Action Committee and a 501c4 social welfare organization in the State of Texas. Over the next few months they boldly took action to unseat the same Representative who came against them during the session. Texans for Vaccine Choice knocked on thousands of doors campaigning for the challenger who boldly stood with them for Parental rights and vaccine choice. Although the campaign ultimately fell slightly short in it’s efforts to unseat the incumbent, the Representative came out shortly after his victory stating he would NOT be refiling his bill out of respect for the families that worked so hard against him. He stated he was NOT on a suicide mission for the cause and without a doubt they gave him a race he was not expecting. In short, their work and persistence, while not giving the outcome they were hoping for, ultimately led to the outcome they desired to protect parental rights l, informed consent and vaccine choice. It was this success in Texas that led Jackie to want to get involved as much as possible on a National Level. She was absolutely thrilled when the opportunity came about and she was invited to the Health Choice Executive Leadership team. Being a part of Health Choice allows her to take what she has learned on a state level and apply it to the Federal Cause where TFVC is prohibited to get involved. Jackie and her family reside outside of Austin, Texas on a small farm where they enjoy raising animals and living the quiet, country life!
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WAYNE ROHDE

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Wayne Rohde is a co-founder of Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota, Autism Advocacy Coalition of Minnesota, and national advisory member of Health Choice.
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KIM MACK ROSENBERG

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Kim is a litigator at a major New York City-based law firm, where her practice focuses on products liability, class actions, insurance coverage and general civil litigation.
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ANDREA RUPERT

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Andrea Rupert is the mother and 24/7 caregiver of the now-adult Holden Rupert, who was nearly killed by his DPT shot, age 4 months. While he achieved nearly normal development up to age 11, thanks to the ketogenic diet, he regressed back to infancy as a result of a hospital-coerced antiepileptic drug trial.
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Michelle Schneider

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As the mother of a vaccine-injured pre-schooler, Michelle has spent much of the last two and a half years advocating for special needs children as well as vaccine choice rights. Through her work with TEAM TMR, The Thinking Moms’ Revolution, Autism Media Channel and TACA, she has had the chance to reach parents across the nation and learn from experienced activists. In early 2015, the opportunity arose to co-found Texans for Vaccine Choice in order to give people in her state the chance to be heard and actively oppose proposed legislation which would have eliminated philosophical exemptions to school-required vaccines, further intruded on the private health information of public school students, added new vaccines to the schedule, and mandated vaccines for public school employees. Out of an astounding seventeen bills filed in the 114th Legislature, Texans for Vaccine Choice, with the help of other advocacy groups, successfully killed sixteen. Texans for Vaccine Choice now has a state Political Action Committee, as well as a non-profit advocacy and education group. She’s excited for the future, as she believes that TFVC is poised to grow and become more influential in state politics. Michelle is also happy to be involved in effecting change at the federal level and assisting activists in other states.
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KIM STAGLIANO

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Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism, author of All I Can Handle I’m No Mother Teresa A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism and the novel House of Cards.
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Jennifer Stella

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Jennifer holds a degree in microbiology and worked in the field of molecular infectious disease diagnostics before starting her family. She started looking more thoroughly into vaccine health impacts/injury recovery options and “alternative” health choices after her son reacted violently to his baby shots. She is now a classically trained homeopath and passionate citizen advocate for informed consent and health choice. She co-directs the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice/Voices for Choice with Dorian Yates and serves as volunteer VT Director of Advocacy for the National Vaccine Information Center.
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JOHN STONE

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John Stone has an adult autistic son, lives in London and has been UK correspondent of Age of Autism since 2008. His reporting has focussed on the misrepresentation of events and of science surrounding the autism crisis and vaccines.
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EMILY TARSELL

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Emily Tarsell, LCPC, ATR-BC is a Maryland resident, mother, artist and licensed clinical professional counselor. Emily has worked professionally to assist families, children, adolescents and adults with social/emotional issues such as ADHD, autism, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, attachment and relationship issues and developmental delays.
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GINGER TAYLOR

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Ginger Taylor is an author, speaker, new media writer and activist. She writes on the politics of autism, health, vaccination, informed consent and both corporate and government corruption.
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KATIE WEISMAN

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Katie Weisman is the mother of 15 year-old identical triplet boys, who all have autism as a result of thimerosal poisoning. They are fantastic kids and she is very proud of them.
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Dorian Yates

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Dorian has worked on environmental and health issues for thirty-five years in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, covering a range of green and ecological issues including food, travel, energy and health care. Dorian has worked for grassroots advocacy organizations, lobbied state and federal legislators, advised philanthropic and socially responsible investment funds, managed green businesses, written guidebooks, and worked in hospitals, clinics and private health practices. She currently is a consultant for green businesses and integrative medical practices; publishes an annual directory to holistic health services; and works for a natural health clinic in Switzerland. Dorian’s involvement with vaccine issues started in the 1980s, back when drug companies were being sued for damages and vaccine issues were widely covered in the press. Dorian is a passionate advocate for human rights, environmental health, holistic health and health choice, and is co-director of Vermont’s Voices for Choice/Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice.

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