Managing Editor's Note: David Kirby will be blogging about this letter from the AAP's NY Immunize to Representative Carolyn Maloney, where they target both David Kirby and "Age of Autism" which is clearly Mark Blaxill, who spoke at Rep. Maloney's meeting. I've provided the details of the meeting at the bottom of this post, after the AAP letter. As you can see, the AAP/NY Immunize group is working hand in glove with Dr. Offit. It seems his book is not a labor of love designed to protect families with autistic children from bad treatments, but a marketing tool for the AAP. You can see the .pdf of the letter HERE.
September 24, 2008
Congressperson Carolyn Maloney
1651 3 Avenue, Suite 31 1
New York, NY 101 28-3679
Dear Congressperson Maloney
We are concerned about misinformation you may have heard at a recent briefing presenting the non-scientific, irrational proposals espoused by David Kirby, and the Age of Autism with regard to a supposed link between autism and vaccines. Vaccines save lives. Study after study has shown absolutely no link between vaccines and autism.
As pediatricians, teachers, nurses, child care providers and parents across New York State and in your District, we are very aware of the struggles that the families of children with autism face and the challenges that test the children themselves. In your position as a political leader, it is important that you have the information you need to support the science, the research and the continued work toward identifyirg the causes, triggers and evidence based treatment for children with autism and autism spectrum disorders.
All of the research, including the most recent and exhaustive study done by the Columbia University School of Public Health, has proven no link between vaccines and autism. And yet a few people, some of whom are making a great deal of money from the suffering and false hope of frightened parents, continue to beat the drum for this discredited position. Many others offer dangerous and unscientific approaches to "cures."
We urge you to stand with us against the forces working to bring irrational fears and "junk science" into the world of children's health. As you know, immunizationasre one of our greatest public health victories along with clean water.
Childhood diseases that can kill and maim our children are just a plane ride away, and yet the anti-immunization groups continue to push for less and less protection for our children. Just this year the Centers for Disease Control reported the largest outbreak of measles in decades. New York was one of the states that experienced a significant outbreak of serious disease. You might also be interested in knowing that the measles that was imported into the US came, not from the third world, but from Europe and from Israel: Developed areas that are experiencing significant outbreaks of disease due to weak public health policy.
We highly recommend that you read Dr. Paul Offit's recent, very well reviewed book, Autism's False Prophets. We have included a review from The Wall Street Journal and an editorial from the New York Times.
We will be contacting your local District Office to schedule a time to come in and talk with you about this very important issue. We know you want to work with us to help protect the children of New York and the children across the country.
Elie Ward, MSW
Co-Chair, NYS Immunization Coalition
AAP DISTRICT OFFICES
240 Washington Ave. Ext.
Albany, NY 12203
420 Lakeville Road
Lake Success, NY 11042
The NYS Immunization Coalition is committed to working with private and public partners to educate all New Yorkers about the scientific facts and public health benefits of immunization. The Immunization Coalition's goal is to help keep all infants, toddlers, children and adolescents healthy by reducing the burden of preventable disease through improved immunization.
Here are the details of Rep. Maloney's that has put the AAP/NYI on the defensive:
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is hosting a special briefing for Members of Congress and their Staff to update them on recent developments in the vaccine-autism debate.
David Kirby, investigative journalist and author of The New York Times bestseller Evidence of Harm, Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic – A Medical Controversy, will inform Members and their staff about developments in this debate from science, public policy, politics and law. Mr. Kirby will be joined Mark Blaxill, Director of the Coalition for SAFE MINDS.
Among the issues to be discussed are:
● A recent Vaccine Court case in which the federal government conceded that vaccines induced autism in one girl with an underlying mitochondrial dysfunction.
● Possible links between mitochondrial dysfunction and autistic regression, and information on several ASD children with mitochondrial issues;
● State-of-the-art research underway at top universities on the connection between environmental toxins, mitochondrial function, oxidative stress, glutathione depletion, neuro-inflammation and autistic encephalopathy;
● Research agendas from the CDC and NIH that include investigations into links between vaccines and neuro-immune disorders
● The scope and implications of the autism epidemic. How scientific politics is preventing policy from catching up to the problem.
● Ongoing research into connections between mercury exposure and autism. Why most of what is reported is inaccurate.
● Reframing concerns over the vaccine program: It’s not a question of being pro or con vaccines, but rather a question of safety management.
We are asking all of our members to contact their elected representatives and urge them to attend.
The original post is HERE