Can it get any sillier? First, the AAP tries to get ABC to pull a fictional episode of Eli Stone off the air because the show addresses the vaccine-autism controversy.
Now, the CDC issues a “warning” that Larry King Live will be airing a show on autism tomorrow night (February 14th) that may not align with the CDC’s wildly biased, ill-informed, and self-protectionist point of view on autism.
The email, circulated to health care professionals far and wide, states:
“We have been informed that the Larry King Live show will be about on autism on Tuesday, February 12 [Note: date is wrong, actually airing on 2/14]. The panelists for the show will include Jenny McCarthy, Holly Robinson, Dr. Jerry Kartzinel (author of the introduction to Jenny McCarthy's book) and others [Note: List of panelists is wrong, will actually be Robinson, Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, Doug Flutie, and Jason McElwain.]
Recently, we distributed a timeline of key events related to thimerosal and vaccines. We are sending that to you again.
I have also attached the transcription of an interview conducted by 11Alive news in Atlanta with Dr. Melinda Wharton, Deputy Director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
In this interview, Dr. Wharton addresses many of the issues raised by McCarthy. Our transcription is probably not perfect but we want to share it with you nonetheless. We hope these resources, along with our websites, will be helpful to you if the Larry King show generates inquiries.
Autism Information Center
Information on Mercury and Vaccines
Kristine M. Sheedy, PhD
Associate Director for Communication Science
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, NE, MS-E05
Atlanta GA, 30333
Rather than trying to find an answer to the autism epidemic, the CDC is spending your tax dollars trying to combat the point of view of people who, unlike the CDC, do the following:
1. Acknowledge that the prevalence of autism is rising
2. Offer a hypothesis for cause with independent science and many anecdotal experiences of parents to back them up, thereby also offering insight into how to prevent autism
3. Offer hope and a roadmap for treatment that may lead to recovery for our kids
Yes, it’s just the same old thing from CDC. But it still takes my breath away to see it in print.
JB Handley is co-founder of Generation Rescue and Editor at Large for Age of Autism.