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TwinCities.com: Doc says it’s only “conspiracy theories” linking vaccines and autism

Oct 24

By Keith Roach, MD

Q. What is your opinion on whether vaccines can cause autism? I have read that it is wise to look at both pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine information, then make up my own mind.

A. This question has been the subject of many different studies since a paper in 1998 suggested a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism. The study has since been retracted by the journal, and the lead author subsequently lost his ability to practice medicine after a medical council found him guilty of misconduct.

A review of the important studies on the lack of link between autism and vaccines is available at

The pro-vaccine side has the weight of the scientific community and evidence, while the anti-vaccine side has anecdotal reports, unsubstantiated claims and conspiracy theories.

Unfortunately, the anecdotal reports are scary, and no parent wants to take an unnecessary chance. But we shouldn’t make important decisions about our children’s health based on bad evidence.

The two sides aren’t equal. Every medical society has looked at the good effects and the bad ones of the MMR (and other) vaccines and has recommended them. The benefits of protecting against life-threatening illness far outweigh the small — but not zero — risks of the vaccines. 

I’m sick to death of doctors who can’t tell us why so many kids have autism and yet defend vaccines without knowing what they’re talking about.  I bothered to comment here because this is THE TWIN CITIES…
Minneapolis and St. Paul.  A good chance to post this about the book Symposium….

 
On Saturday, November 1st Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and 9 other authors will gather to discuss their books on the most hotly debated topic in health today – vaccinations.  The eight books cover vaccine ingredients, their impact on child health, the corrupt approval and regulatory process, and the dismal performance of the media in honestly reporting on these topics.

 

Huffington Post: Jenny McCarthy Claims She’s ‘Not Anti-Vaccine’ … Again By Cavan Sieczkowsk

Oct 24

Jenny McCarthy might be the celebrity poster child for the anti-vaccine movement, but she is once again saying she’s not really anti-vaccine.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove broached the subject of vaccines while speaking with the former “View” co-host recently. Although her publicist attempted to shut down the discussion, McCarthy was willing to talk.

I am not anti-vaccine,” McCarthy told the Daily Beast. “I’m in this gray zone of, I think everyone should be aware and educate yourself and ask questions. And if your kid is having a problem, ask your doctor for an alternative way of doing the shots.”

…After McCarthy’s April op-ed was published, Kluger responded with an open letter disputing McCarthy’s very own disputes, saying: “You are either floridly, loudly, uninformedly antivaccine or you are the most grievously misunderstood celebrity of the modern era.”
Jenny McCarthy may say she’s pro vaccine, but we know it’s not true.  Anyone who says anything against vaccine is ANTI-VACCINE.  No one can take her seriously.  (I posted five comments.)

**The Daily Beast: Jenny McCarthy has wild claims and no science behind her

Oct 24

There is definitely a pattern in the press.  It’s important that there are periodic stories out with the message that while non-experts/and medical frauds (Dr. Andrew Wakefield) say that vaccines cause autism, all the science is against them.  Here is the Daily Beast.  (And there are other stories out there today with the same message.)
Daily Beast: Jenny McCarthy says she’s “not anti-vaccine.”  (Well, of course she’s not anti-vaccine. She vaccinated her son.  Her claim is that because of his vaccines, her son developed autism.) 
Lloyd Grove at the Daily Beast has a lot of subtle messages here. McCarthy claims that “autism is somehow caused by an over-use of vaccines.” 
“Somehow”?  We have no idea why it could happen, but SOMEHOW she claims the cause is vaccines.  No one else thinks this bizarre thought.
Grove cites Michael Specter who calls McCarthy’s views “dangerous,”  and says they’ve led to “sickness and death.”
Wow…that’s bad stuff from a “Playboy Playmate-turned-MTV host …”   Clearly she couldn’t know what she’s talking about.  In fact, Grove calls herthe nation’s most prominent purveyor of anti-vaxxer ideology.”
Okay…we get it.  Only ridiculous former Playboy Bunnies believe there’s anything wrong with vaccines.  It’s incredible, but parents actually believe them–especially well-educated ones. 
McCarthy is a part of Generation Rescue.  That group believes that you can actually help autistic kids with unscientific treatment.
(Having read this far, everyone realizes that McCarthy has no idea what she’s talking about.)
At the end, we’re left with the suggestion that McCarthy’s really ridiculous because her son may have been “misdiagnosed to begin with.”
My questions for members of the media:

Are reporters really this incompetent?  Have they been told that it’s time for another piece about Jenny McCarthy….Are they given an assignment something like, “Be sure you make it sound like she’s an idiot–not to be trusted”?
Are reporters writing on autism and vaccines the DUMBEST IN THEIR PROFESSION?  THE BOTTOM OF THEIR GRADUATING  CLASSES????
ARE THEY SO INEPT THAT THEY DON’T MAKE ANY EFFORT TO LOOK INTO THIS?
Did Lloyd Grove actually study journalism?  Was he ever told to find sources?  Did he try to contact Jenny McCarthy to get her side of this? 
Does Mr. Grove know that Jenny McCarthy has actually written books about vaccines and autism?   If he did, he’d see that Jerry Kartzinel, MD is the coauthor, along with McCarthy of Healing and Preventing Autism.
Did Lloyd Grove see that when Jenny McCarthy appeared on Larry King Live she did it with Jay Gordon, MD?  He’s written and spoken extensively.  He’s also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA Medical School. 
Informed parents in the real world are tired of the Lloyd Groves of the world.  They pretend to report on this big controversy.  Their agenda is clearly to promote the claims of the vaccine industry.  They tell us that only parents like Jenny McCarthy think vaccines could possibly cause autism.  (They willfully ignore the science and the well-credentialed experts who are right there with Jenny McCarthy.)
Lloyd Grove has 23 years experience in journalism.  He’s written for the Washington Post and the New York Magazine. 
Really? 
He seems to be doing what every other reporter is doing when the topic is vaccine safety.  He follows the pro-pharma  mantra: VACCINES ARE SAFE; VACCINES SAVE LIVES.  Only silly women think otherwise.  Lloyd Grove says so.
I wonder if reporters realize that more and more Americans don’t believe them.  Two years ago a Gallup Poll said 60 percent of Americans didn’t trust mainstream media.
As a teacher, I’d sure hate to hear that 60 percent of the public thought I was doing a bad job.  I don’t think I’d want to go back to school.

Jenny McCarthy: I Am Not Anti-Vaccine
The Playboy Playmate-turned-MTV host-turned-The View panelist and controversial autism activist-and lately the star of Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, a live two-hour SiriusXM radio show that debuts Monday at 10 a.m.-has shared blush-worthy details about her personal life with millions of strangers….
Never mind mere criticism. McCarthy has been vilified-by members of the science establishment and science journalists, among others-concerning her claim that childhood autism is somehow caused by an over-use of vaccines, and/or that the vaccines made and marketed by the pharmaceutical industry are somehow “unsafe.”    …

In a typical reproach, New Yorker science writer Michael Specter warned that McCarthy would be “the show’s first co-host whose dangerous views on childhood vaccination may-if only indirectly-have contributed to the sickness and death of people throughout the Western world.”…

Indeed, she is president of Generation Rescue, a group dedicated to the proposition that children on the autism spectrum can be cured, often by methods that depart from traditional, scientifically supported medicine.        

NJ.com: EVERYONE GET YOUR ANNUAL FLU SHOT (and don’t worry, it can’t cause autism)

Oct 23

In the wonderful world of New Jersey, vaccines are always safe, abundant, and heavily promoted.  How nice for people in NJ that “roughly 90 percent of the state’s 1,900 chain, retail, supermarket-based, and independent pharmacies now offer the vaccine” and hospitals require it for employees
According to Sue Collins, co-founder of the six-year-old, several thousand-member New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice (NJCVC), “we’re not anti-vaccine, we just feel that vaccines should be a choice made by individuals and their families,” she said. “Vaccinations like the flu shot incorporate drugs such as antibiotics and mercury-containing thimerosal, which have potential side effects and may in fact be setting us up for more weakened immune systems in the end,” she said. Among additional concerns, said Collins, are worries that flu shots might not necessarily protect against this year’s strain, as the killed-virus vaccine made available in the U.S. by late summer is based on flu strains that were circulating most frequently in the Far East 6-8 months earlier. …In addition, while some believe that the measles vaccine and others have been linked to conditions like autism, data from many scientific studies has failed to prove this. And studies show that we may actually experience a build-up of protection against the flu by getting a flu shot every year,” she said. 
Flu vaccines are for everyone in NJ.: As public health officials, we advise all people over six months of age to get immunized during flu season, and the sooner the better.’
Of course, to be fair and balanced, the reporter put an advocate for vaccine choice up against CDC officials, doctors, pharmacists, and members of the public who get the annual flu shot.
It should also be noted that New Jersey also enjoys the highest autism rate in the U.S., one in every 45 kids, one in every 28 boys.
 

**KING5 Seattle: THE NEXT BIG PROBLEM–ADULTS WITH AUTISM

Oct 22

635495189561290024-Autismcnr Photo: KING5
Also true, autism prevents Alyssa from taking care of herself.
“You know, we spend out lives in the first 21 years of their lives getting our children ready to go out in the community,” Barbara Burnett said. “The reality is right now is our community is not ready for children like Alyssa.” Eventually, they hope to develop a community center where adults like Alyssa can experience enriching lives. A place for them to go. A chance for life-long learning for them. And now that place exists. The Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center in Bothell. Program manager Tammy Mitchel says the approach is loosely based on the parks and recreation’s model. Goals are modest but also monumental…. Word has gotten out. Children’s has received calls from Alaska, Colorado, California, Idaho and Montana asking about these services. That’s how great the need is.

I can’t post a comment here.   It’s too bizarre. 
                 
As a country, over the last 25 years, we’ve adjusted to…
 
…a once rare disorder becoming so common that everyone knows someone with a child with autism,
…kids who were born healthy and who inexplicably got sick, lost learned skills and regressed into autism,
…schools filled with special needs kids–ones who can’t speak, can’t learn or can’t behave,
…an ever-increasing autism rate with no rational explanation,
…one bizarre theory after another, including bad genes, as the possible cause of an epidemic,
…no U.S. health official EVER calling autism a CRISIS,
 
AND NOW, PREPARE FOR STAGE TWO OF THE NIGHTMARE…
 
…more and more children with autism aging out of school with nowhere to go,
…parents having to come up with adult living conditions for their children,
…no one in the media asking why these 20 year olds with autism can’t go where autistic adults have always gone,
…CDC officials taking no notice and continuing to pretend that it’s always been like this,
…autistic young adults being in dire circumstances when sick and elderly parents just can’t manage them anymore,
…AND FINALLY, AUTISM BANKRUPTING STATE BUDGETS, BECAUSE THEY’LL BE THE FOLKS LEFT TO PROVIDE FOR A HEALTH CARE DISASTER THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS
DILIGENTLY WORKED TO COVER UP FOR TWENTY YEARS.

Business World: Call To End Use Of Mercury In Vaccines

Oct 22

Why we have to poison children in the poorest countries: COST AND CLIMATE.
This is an Indian Business Magazine.  Incredibly, here’s a publication critical of injecting mercury into people.  Americans aren’t used to that of course.  Our media sources, with rare exception, are lockstep in their endorsement of vaccines, especially vaccines containing mercury, as safe.  Back in 2000, pharmaceutical companies were urged to remove it from most pediatric vaccines–except the flu vaccine.  Officials said it was merely a precaution–there was no real evidence of harm.  Children in the poorest countries weren’t so lucky.  Their vaccines continue to contain mercury at levels far exceeding any safety standards. 
There is no justification for exposing anyone to toxic mercury.  The mercury-containing preservative thimerosal was never tested or approved by the FDA, yet it’s allowed in vaccines.  Children around the world continue to be exposed to a deadly neurotoxin with devastating results.
Notice what the two people at the hospital in New Delhi say about the use of mercury.  In this country, the press gives us Paul Offit at CHOP saying it was a mistake to ever remove it from vaccines in the first place and that there’s more exposure to mercury in a tuna sandwich–of course we all know where he’s coming from.
Leading doctors have called for an end to the use of mercury in vaccines to avoid potential threat to health of children. The call has come at a time when India has agreed to ratify the Minamata Convention – the international treaty banning use of mercury – and phase out the use of the toxic element over the coming decade.

“Continuing to use this potentially toxic substance when there is little justification for it, will erode the trust of the public and endanger many public health initiatives,”  Jacob  Puliyel  and Ritika Chhawchharia of the Department of Pediatrics at St Stephens Hospital in New Delhi states.

Wall Street Journal says it’s safe to inject mercury into babies and toddlers

Oct 21

WSJ:School entry requirements have proven to be the best way to vaccinate children. It’s a good way to catch people.

-Alexandra Stewart, associate professor at Milken Institute School of Public Health at Georgetown University
I have to say that the WSJ thinks it’s all right too expose children to MERCURY–the deadliest non–radioactive element on Earth.  WHY?  …because there’s no mention of it in this story where they promote flu vaccines for kids 6 months to 5 years of age in NYC daycare. 
Reporter Sumathi Reddy may not even know about the presence of toxic mercury in the majority of the shots available.  She, like most reporters, can be confident that if they go to the website of the CDC,  they’ll have to look no further.  Parents can relax.  The only things that can happen“are mild and short-lasting.” 
So if your child is vaccinated with 25 mcg of mercury and suddenly loses learned skills, develops seizures and bowel problems, it’s just a sad coincidence.
 
Of course Reddy doesn’t mention that NO ONE HAS ANY LIABILITY FOR VACCINE INJURIES.  Parents have to learn that fact for themselves. 
 Preschools Consider Requiring Flu Shots
New York City joins New Jersey and Connecticut in mandating that children get vaccinated
 Oct 6, 2014
Getting the flu vaccination is becoming a prerequisite for day care and preschool in some places. This year New York City joins the states of New Jersey and Connecticut in requiring children in licensed day-care centers and preschools to receive the influenza vaccination. Rhode Island expects to implement a similar requirement next year. The moves follow mandates by medical facilities and a number of states to make sure health-care workers are immunized against the flu. Mandatory flu vaccines generally have exemptions for medical, religious and sometimes loosely defined “personal” reasons. …
 
Side effects from a flu shot are mild and short-lasting, the CDC says. These can include soreness or swelling where the shot was given, a low-grade fever and aches. Experts say severe side effects are very rare. … The New York City measure, which applies to children from 6 months to nearly 5 years old, requires all children in city-licensed facilities to get vaccinated by the end of the calendar year.
Families are expected to obtain vaccinations for children on their own. If cost is a factor, Medicaid covers immunizations. The mandate applies to an estimated 150,000 children enrolled in New York City-licensed programs, which serve the majority of the city’s young children. Exemptions are allowed for medical and religious reasons.

**Lawrence Solomon on vaccine failure

Oct 21

An Ebola vaccine that protected us from this killer disease would be a godsend. But rushing a vaccine to widespread use, history has shown, could be tragic, not only by infecting the healthy but also by delaying the development of safe and effective vaccines.

In 1934 and 1935, two polio vaccines were prematurely employed in large-scale trials with disastrous results. The vaccines, given to 17,000 children in Canada and the U.S., killed six and paralyzed a dozen others, the deaths and paralyses typically involving paralysis in the inoculated arm rather than in the legs, as was more normal. So traumatic was this experience — to both the public and the research establishment — that it would take another two decades before another polio vaccine would be brought to market.

Tragically, the 1955 vaccine — named after its inventor, Jonas Salk — had an even more disastrous debut. In the rush to mass-produce this vaccine amid the polio outbreaks of the early 1950s — this vaccine received the quickest federal approval on record — caution was thrown to the winds, with Salk and the head of the National Institute of Health refusing to heed warnings, including from other scientists in the field and from a scientist within the NIH itself. The result: 70,000 afflicted by the polio vaccine, 51 of them left permanently paralyzed, plus five deaths. These afflictions were then followed by an epidemic among the family and friends that these vaccine recipients came into contact with, with a further 113 paralyses plus five deaths.

Comment:

Excellent piece, Mr. Solomon.  Why is it that no one in the mainstream news ever admits that vaccines, like any other medical product, carry risks?  WHEN IT COMES TO VACCINES, WE NEVER HEAR ABOUT THE FAILURES OF THE PAST.  With only rare exception, we’re constantly told on every major network, newspaper and magazine that vaccines carry no real risks.  With over 250 new vaccines in the testing stages right now, we have to be ready to accept an ever-increasing numbers of recommended vaccines.  In the case of our children, they are mandated by the states.

What everyone reading this needs to realize, when it comes to an Ebola vaccine and every other shot out there…neither the doctor nor the vaccine maker has any liability in the U.S. They’ve been protected by federal law.  Instead, when someone is injured by a vaccine, they have to appeal to a federal program where they’ll find themselves up against government lawyers defending a government program using government money.  Few people are ever successful.  Those that are report that it took seven to fourteen years to reach a settlement.

Interlochen (MI) Public Radio: Lack of autism specialists creating long wait times for children

Oct 21

A new report says Michiganlacks enough autism specialists to handle the number of children being diagnosed and treated with the disorder.

The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) says that means long wait times before many children and their families can get help.

“We actually talked to all of the treatment programs to get a sense of the average waiting time for appointments, and it was anywhere from a month to, in some cases, two years, depending on the particular program,” said CHRT Director Marianne Udow-Phillips.

So, the message here is that autism is only a problem because they don’t have enough specialists.  Notice the rate isn’t mentioned. 
 
Seriously, the press is clueless about what’s happening. “Blissfully Unaware” is what I like to call them.  Kids can wait for years for appointments–still nothing is really wrong.  We just need more specialists.
 

**The Atlantic: The Psychology of Anti-Vaxers: How Story Trumps Science

Oct 21

Dr. Douglas Hulstedt, a pediatrician in Monetery, California, shares Smoot’s preference for personal stories over scientific evidence. Hulstedt accepts patients who are not vaccinated. He goes even further, and recommends refusing vaccinations if a patient has a family history of autism, lupus, Crohn’s disease, or Type 1 diabetes.

“Why do I need a medical study?” he says. “If 80 percent of the parents of children with regressive autism in my practice say their child reacted after the MMR [measles, mumps, and rubella] shot, why do I need a medical study?” Hulstedt says that studies showing no link between the MMR vaccine and autism or showing that vaccines are safe and effective might have “fraud in the reportage.”…

The Atlantic actually beat the bushes found a doc who doesn’t insist that all of his patients get vaccinated.  Of course everyone else, including the CDC, says they’re safe, safe, safe……

 
I tried to post a comment, but I was informed that “YOU ARE UNABLE TO POST YOUR COMMENT BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN BLOCKED BY THE ATLANTIC.”
 
I tried to post ONE COMMENT…there were no links…….   It seems The Atlantic is very selective in First Amendment rights.
 

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