I just finished reading the CDC transcript regarding “why science is not always enough.” This seminar was contrived in order to convince parents to give a newborn babies 5 vaccines, containing ammonia, aluminum and anti-freeze, at once. The CDC does not understand why American parents do not think this is a great idea. I encourage all to visit the CDC website [HERE] and listen to this bizarre and convoluted groupthink seminar. No opposing points of views were allowed and no parents of vaccine injured children are included. Vaccines are presented as completely risk free, in any quantity, with any number of toxic ingredients, at any age.
Where to begin?
The lecture was so rambling and repetitive but it basically comes down to the fact that the CDC believes that parents are falling victim to the Internet and, God forbid, educating them about vaccine safety! Another calamity, as they see it, is that we are uneducated, which in and of itself contradicts their primary concern, that we are reading too many books and articles. All these parents researching vaccine safety issues on their computers and in their libraries are creating so many problems for pediatricians that the CDC needed to convene a conference to stop the “parent to parent exchange of misinformation.”
In an attempt to appear somewhat relevant to the pediatricians who deal with Moms everyday, the CDC enlisted a new Mom and doctor, Dr. Kristine Sheedy, to speak for the organization. Dr. Sheedy speaks about how precious her baby is, how much she loves him, how much she sacrificed during the course of her pregnancy in order to be safe. Been there, done that. Then Dr. Sheedy takes her newborn in for 5 vaccines. Yes, he cries a bit but is fine. Therefore she concurs that, yes, it was psychologically scary to have her baby hyper-vaccinated but that the vaccines safe totally safe for all babies. Case closed. Interesting scientific method.
During a rare moment of quiet, when her two boys are napping, Dr. Sheedy had turned on “Oprah” just in time to view the Jenny McCarthy episode. Well, then all hell broke loose. When Sheedy heard that Jenny went on the Internet to find help and information, “she knew exactly where this was going! And I was right.” Where is that? To knowledge??? Maybe Jenny had to go on the Internet because her pediatrician knew nothing about autism and basically told her to just give up and accept it? The fact that Jenny wanted to help her son and not give up on Evan is apparently a big problem for Dr. Sheedy. The doctor sounds less like a physician than a paranoid private investigator. “ I know what you are thinking, forget about Jenny McCarthy, there are so many holes, so many contradictions in her story.” Whoooa. “Holes in her story” is Jenny McCarthy under some kind of federal indictment? Is Jenny trying to escape prosecution? “Holes in her story,” what a bizarre way to characterize a courageous Mom’s description of her son’s horrific descent into autism. I guess Jenny should have made the narrative less messy and scary for the CDC.
Not only is the doctor furious at Jenny she is angry with “Oprah” for not, you parents of autistic kids will love this, “not having an autism expert on.” OK, Ok, I know, very funny right? From all the physician friends I know, the medical school education on autism comprises like 2 hours, even for pediatricians. In that 2 hours they are told autism is totally genetic. Apparently, Dr. Sheedy wanted a CDC pediatrician or a vaccine patent holder from the NIH on the program. Sounds interesting and helpful! No one at the AAP or the CDC seemed too interested in autism until Jenny McCarthy started talking about it. These agencies had decades to lobby Oprah but never seemed particularly interested in autism, and now they want to ride Jenny’s coat tails and piggyback on her show? That is really sad.
After the doctor we hear from a nurse, Patricia Strincfield, who waxes on and on about all the horrible deaths from disease she sees, apparently all day and everyday. It sounds as if she alone is trying to save these children from their horribly selfish and misinformed parents. No wonder she sounds so bitter, what an awful job! Then Stinchfield repeatedly cites the Danish study as a paragon of scientific validity, proving once and for that vaccines have zero to do with autism. She never mentions that the Serum Institute, a vaccine company, paid for the study or that Gerberding herself recently acknowledged that this study was rife with errors and was not very useful. Gerberding also stated that the CDC would not utilize a study with such a poor research design again. Strinchfield also denies that the CDC has withheld the VSD data and has never sought to deny public access to these records. I swear, I thought I was listening to a parallel universe!
Finally pediatricians are counseled to basically humor parents. Listen to their concerns, pretend to respect their beliefs and then try to convince them they are wrong. But in a nice way!! Throwing in a big dose of guilt is also advised. Remind parents how they are putting all children at risk for horrific diseases. No one wants to see the return of these awful disease but it is so disturbing that the CDC is so obsessed about the one in a million chance of contracting polio but not at all concerned with the 1 in 150 chance of developing autism.
The thing is we can have it both ways, but not in the matter the CDC is proposing. We will not convince parents that our insane vaccine schedule is safe by demonizing the internet. That is just crazy. Parents are turning to the online community for the help and knowledge their pediatricians do not have. The CDC will not convince parents vaccines are safe by bullying them about herd immunity either. The only way for the immunization program to succeed is to support outside, objective research and until then not aggravate an already disastrous situation by adding more unsafe vaccines, like Pentacel, to the schedule. Finally the CDC should apologize to Jenny McCarthy and thank her for bringing attention to autism. While the CDC is holding web seminars on dated scientific information, ignoring the needs of millions of sick and suffering autistic kids, hiding the VSD, Jenny has been touring the country meeting with thousands of families offering them hope and inspiration through empowerment and knowledge. Dr. Sheedy and Patricia Stinchfield would be wise to stop lecturing and start listening.
Katie Wright has two young boys. Her oldest son, Christian, is severely affected by autism. He developed normally; smiling, talking, walking; only to lose every skill and every word by the age of 2 and a half. Upon the advice of medical professionals Katie and her husband were advised to pursue only high quality behavioral therapy, speech and OT for Christian. It had no meaningful impact on Christian until his parents sought help from DAN! doctors who treated the underlying causes of Christian's descent into autism. Christian has improved but still has far to go. He has Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the measles virus in his gut and an immune system akin to a late stage AIDS patient. Christian does not have a psychiatric disorder. Before autism, Katie Wright was the Clinical Director of Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Stamford Connecticut. Katie is proud to serve on the boards of NAA and SafeMinds.