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Palm Beach Post: Is the link FINALLY debunked?

Sep 02

Wow, shades of 2004 and the IOM Report that was supposed to end once and for all the claim that vaccines cause autism.  Why does anyone seriously think that the Institute of Medicine will have the last word in this debate?


Based largely on an old, fraudulent British study and a relentless wave of Internet speculation, thousands of parents have decided not to get their children vaccinated because they fear the vaccines cause autism.

Now, the Institute of Medicine has released a review of more than 1,000 studies that appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The Institute of Medicine panel, which looked at the research results of eight different childhood vaccines, found no link to autism.

The review also found no evidence that vaccines cause diabetes, facial palsy or trigger asthma attacks.

Vaccines are not risk-free. But negative effects, including fainting, seizures and inflammation of the brain are very rare or very minor.

My comments: 

For years health officials have produced study after study all giving vaccines a clean bill of health and showing no link to autism. This recent IOM review was commissioned by Health and Human Services, the department of the government that oversees the Centers for Disease Control, the agency that runs the vaccine program. Is it any surprise that all their research shows no link?

Are we to believe that the tens of thousands of parents with babies who were born healthy and were developing normally until they received certain routine vaccinations and suddenly had seizures, stopped talking, lost learned skills–eventually ending up with an autism diagnosis, EVERYTHING BUT THE AUTISM IS VACCINE-RELATED?

This is pretend science. It’s proof of nothing except the fact that vaccines are a risk.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

The Palm Beach Post incorrectly claimed that Andrew Wakefield produced a study linking vaccines and autism. Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist, wrote a paper, not a study, about a novel form of bowel disease he observed in 12 children who had developed this condition along with autism after receiving the MMR vaccine. It was their parents who came to him for help. It was the parents who said these children became sick after the MMR.

Those criticizing Wakefield never mention that the British government indemnified the manufacturer of the MMR. The government will be liable for the damages if it’s recognized that this vaccine triggers autism. Lots of people have everything at stake in this issue.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

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