Managing Editor's Note: There are plenty of Warrior Fathers in the autism community. Meet one below:
By Louis Conte
I must admit that lately I have been in awe of many members of our community. Since March of this year when John Gilmore introduced the Polings to CNN and the world, I have been overwhelmed by the courage of so many to simply tell the truth about autism and vaccines and what has happened to our children. A recent example was Katie Wright’s post here about her son and everything she and he had gone through while just trying to take a simple family vacation. Ms. Wright’s post should be required reading for any medical professional who minimizes the suffering that autism brings.
On September 24, 2008 David Kirby and Mark Blaxill delivered some of that same courage and truth to Washington and informed our nation’s leaders about what has really caused the autism epidemic.
They did this after the Director of the CDC commenced her annual propaganda session that very morning to insure that Americans continue to poison themselves with a full load of thimerisol in the annual flu shot.
Kirby and Blaxill presented some information that some in the room probably did not want to hear. Let’s face it; some of the attendees were there only because their offices have been inundated with phone calls from our community. Representatives like Carolyn Maloney don’t grow on trees.
Before the session even began, Amy Pisani of Every Child by Two issued a desperate rant insisting that there is no debate within the scientific community about a link between autism and vaccines. What can we expect next? I am sure that the usual pharma-med-government spin-wizards will commence their usual nasty attacks. You can bet that Paul Offit will again be pulled off the golf course to tell the media that “science doesn’t support these people….there is no link….vaccines are 100% safe and were actually given to Moses by God.”
Nonetheless, Kirby and Blaxill went to Washington, and raised the awareness of a room packed with elected officials and their aids because the truth had to be told. And it will have to be told again and again until someone in Washington has the courage to pull the plug on this insanity.
What will come of this now historic briefing? Perhaps Representative Carolyn Maloney’s bill to study health differences between vaccinated and un-vaccinated children will finally become law. Perhaps some Senator will have the testicular fortitude to drag the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Director of the CDC into a hearing and make these people answer questions about what has been really going on in the Vaccine Court. “What do you mean you settled 1322 cases of vaccine induced brain damage and encepelopathy but didn’t ask about whether these children also had autism? How many of these children indeed do have autism?” The Senator who asks these questions will not be the first person to think of them. These questions are really no different than the suggestions for research options made by Dr. Bernadine Healy, another person who has demonstrated courage and a willingness to get at the truth.
Maybe some Representatives and some Senators will come to the realization that – as the CDC Director has already admitted – the present vaccine safety data base is essentially useless. Maybe realizing this, States will hold off vaccination until after children pass three years of age. What do you suppose will happen to autism rates if we changed the vaccine schedule to No Child until after Two?
Maybe they will come to the realization that a lot of lies have been told. If they do come to that realization, it will be in no small part due to the truth that David Kirby and Mark Blaxill laid on Washington this Wednesday.
Louis Conte is the father of two children with autism and a founding member the Westchester Chapter of Autism United.