By J.B. Handley
We’re proud to be re-running our ad again today in USA Today asking health authorities to “Green Our Vaccines.”
The message that our children are getting way too many vaccines way too early, that the vaccines are toxic, and that thousands of parents are reporting a reaction to the vaccines that results in autism for their children has resonated with many.
Our children are being pushed into the River Autism by a bloated vaccine schedule managed by a conflict-laden “Vaccine Lobby.” Thousands of parents and doctors are pulling as many of these children out of the river through biomedical intervention and trying to keep more children from being pushed in through education, awareness campaigns, lawsuits, and civil disobedience.
Meanwhile, the Vaccine Lobby (comprised of the CDC, AAP, vaccine manufacturers, and Autism Speaks) has been building a castle on the banks of the River Autism. They are doing their best to pretend they don’t see the children being pushed in by denying the epidemic, and they certainly never acknowledge the ones we are pulling out through recovery.
Unfortunately for the Vaccine Lobby, the River Autism is swollen and rising and the castle they have built is made of sand–-it’s starting to crumble.
We are entering an extraordinary time in the autism debate where the pace of science, news, and activity all seems to be breaking the way of the thousands of families who believe vaccines played a primary role in causing the autism epidemic. Our voices are being heard, and more reporters, politicians, and everyday Americans are starting to ask tougher questions and demand real answers.
It can’t happen soon enough. Let’s stop and consider the recent news:
Government concedes that vaccines caused autism in second test case
Back in June of 2007, when the tests cases in U.S. Vaccine Court first began, David Kirby reported that “On Monday, one of the most important legal proceedings in American medical history will get underway at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington.”
David continues with some more background:
These three judges from the federal "Vaccine Court," as it is called, are about to dip into the raging, contradictory waters of the vaccine-autism contretemps, knowing they must emerge on the other side, each with their own acutely anticipated decision about causation. Ultimately, they must deliver judgment on some 4,800 claims that have been languishing in the system for years.
Just eight months later, in an article written yesterday by David Kirby over at Huffington Post, perhaps the greatest bombshell in the history of the vaccine-autism debate was just dropped: for test case number 2, the Government lawyers conceded that vaccines caused a child to develop autism. It doesn’t get any bigger, or simpler, than that.
From David Kirby: After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with the onset of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the US government has quietly conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims…In its written concession, the government said the child had a pre-existing mitochondrial disorder that was "aggravated" by her shots, and which ultimately resulted in an ASD diagnosis.
"The vaccinations received on July 19, 2000, significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder," the concession says, "which predisposed her to deficits in cellular energy metabolism, and manifested as a regressive encephalopathy with features of ASD."
We have officially entered a new era in this debate.
Scientific consensus on toxins
Just last week, the Institute for Children’s Environmental Health issued this Consensus Statement Document Accepting childhood exposure to contaminants that result in compromised learning and behavioral abilities violates the basic tenets of biomedical ethics. The principle of beneficence (“do good”) requires that the benefits be maximized while the harm be minimized or eliminated. Respect for autonomy or personhood is violated when children are unnecessarily exposed to harmful substances. Respect of person also implies informed consent, and no child has given the informed consent for exposure to harmful chemicals. Finally, the principle of justice requires that burdens be shared equally, and because children are more vulnerable they endure a greater burden. It is wrong to allow the exposure of children to environmental agents that cause learning and developmental disorders.
If you get the eerie feeling that we are looking at Global Warming II, you’re right.
Mercury was a problem. Sorry.
Robert A. Brumback, MD is the Editor-In-Chief of The Journal of Child Neurology. In November 2007, he was forced to preside over an extraordinary situation where:
* An article published in the journal in June 2004 called “Mercury Exposure in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder” had concluded that mercury in blood was NOT related to autism.
* A reanalysis of the data from that study, published in November 2007 and called “Blood Levels of Mercury Are Related to Diagnosis of Autism: A Reanalysis of an Important Data Set” showed that mercury blood levels and autism ARE correlated.
In a November 2007 note from Editor-In-Chief Brumback about the fiasco, he wrote: One of the philosophical myths associated with science is that invalid information published in scientific journals will be exposed by scientists who find that a particular study cannot be replicated. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case… An analysis of the original data by Dr DeSoto was performed at my request and resulted in a different statistical conclusion.
Oops. I guess we’re not all that crazy after all.
Give vaccines later.
Three weeks ago researchers from the University of Manitoba published a study covering a topic that has never before been considered in the scientific arena: could delaying vaccinations improve health outcomes for our kids? The headline from the Winnepeg Free Press speaks for itself: U of M researcher links asthma, early vaccinations.
A quick excerpt from the article:
Children who have their routine vaccinations delayed by two months or more cut their risk of asthma by half, a University of Manitoba researcher has found.
This study builds directly on an article I recently wrote about from University of Washington Surgeon Donald Miller, M.D., called “A User-friendly Vaccine Schedule” where he writes:
New knowledge in neuroimmunology (the study of how the brain’s immune system works) raises serious questions about the wisdom of injecting vaccines in children less than two years of age.
As a parent who watched his son develop eczema (another autoimmune disorder) within hours of his first DTP shot at two months old, this is no surprise. The implications of this study go way beyond asthma, since many children with autism suffer from autoimmune issues.
On February 12th Generation Rescue recommended a safer vaccine schedule for our kids, based in part on this study that shows “later is safer.”
Give fewer vaccines.
In November 2007, a press release from Oregon Health Sciences University dropped another bombshell about vaccines:
OHSU Research Suggests America May Over-vaccinate
An excerpt from the press release:
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week by Oregon Health & Science University researchers suggests that timelines for vaccinating and revaccinating Americans against disease should possibly be reevaluated and adjusted. The study shows that in many cases, the established duration of protective immunity for many vaccines is greatly underestimated. This means that people are getting booster shots when their immunity levels most likely do not require it.
And, an article on WebMD about the study noted:
Eventually, the research may trigger a rethinking of the current revaccination schedule, Slifka says. For instance, the CDC now recommends that adults who got immunized against tetanus as a child get a booster dose every 10 years. In the future, Slifka says, that recommendation may change, saving time and money without affecting protection.
The government conceded vaccines can trigger autism. Scientists issue a consensus paper warning about the relationship between toxins and neurological disorders in children. A journal had to retract a study that exonerated mercury, and in fact showed that mercury and autism are correlated. A delay in immunizations dropped asthma rates by half, and we are giving way more vaccines that we need to.
It’s a new era, folks. To paraphrase Barack Obama, we are the change we want. Our time is now.