As I said in Part 1 of this series, I love a good mystery. Now it's time to again look at the current Chicago Tribune obsession with autism treatments. On January 17th, The Trib came out with the third installment in their autism hit pieces on biomedical treatments. The question remains as to why? Why would the Tribune, and maybe more specifically, why would the author of these apparent prefabricated and fictitious accounts write so disdainfully about biomedical treatments helping children with an autism diagnosis?
For those who do not know, there are many groups who have been fighting hard to suppress the fact that vaccines can cause autism. They are people in the media, in public health, in medical organizations, in vaccine development and patents, in universities with autism gene chasing grants, in the public sector (NIH, CDC, AAP, et al) in the private sector, (pharmaceutical companies) and many in between.
Each of these denying and often untruthful entities have people running them that are often parroting each others words. We have seen our share of them attempt to stop the truth about not only the damage done by vaccines, ie- mitochondrial, neurological, immunological, and gastrointestinal assaults to the children but now the attack is on the treatments that can stop pain, stop inflammation, recover speech, restore health and increasingly end the behaviors of "autism" by curing the child of the injury done. One would wonder if showing "recovery" from autism via biomedical treatments aimed at these specific damaged systems is scaring those who need to keep Pandora's box closed on vaccine injuries as their is money, future vaccine revenues, and pharmaceutical sales at risk.
So here we are in the beginning of a new year but with the same old crap. I was curious about the blatant and recurrent theme that the Trib was trying to pass as truth. What I found was an interesting connection as some facts came to light from some good and reliable sources. Trine has a relative, a sister, Danielle, who is involved in Public Health.
Another interesting factor is Trine's use of information from certain people and then total disregard of others. For example, she cites Kathleen Seidel and her neurodiverse website. Again, for any newcomers in the autism suffocation of the truth, the neurodiverse make up a movement of mostly adult autistics who feel that they are fine just the way they are.
They do not want a cure for their autism and many function in the world very well. They do not want anyone to tell them that vaccines could have caused their "autism" and fight a bitter battle to stop any research or evidenct to that fact. They are reasonably happy and God bless them. But the members of the autism community that we are discussing are the victims of a medical procedure that caused harm. They are not well and most can not function. Many have daily pain centered around inflammation in both gut and brain. They are children who regressed into "autism" after vaccination. They have medical issues and behaviors that effect their speech, social, emotional, and often cognitive functioning.
Enter Kathleen Seidel, Queen Bee of the neurodiverse (ND) movement. She also has many connections to people who are not neurodiverse but seem to cling to her movement as it feeds fuel to their agenda fire, mainly trying really hard to disprove vaccines cause autism. One of those such people is Dr. Paul Offit, vaccine inventor, then vaccine patent salesman, and ultimate vaccine millionaire (See Blaxill and Olmsted's, Voting Himself Rich), who tellingly dedicated his vaccine-infomercial-posed-as-a-science-book-on-autism-treatments, "Autism's False Prophet's", to Seidel and others in the ND muck.
When that book, "Autism's False Prophet's" came out, there was a blog that allowed some back and forth discussions, mostly followed by the aforementioned group. HERE is an interesting passage from Dr. Offit that makes one wonder how and why he has been allowed to present himself as an expert on autism:
"Regarding my characterization of children with autism: I think one of my limitations in writing this book is that I'm not a neurologist, psychologist, or developmentalist. I'm an infectious diseases specialist with an expertise in vaccines. So I don't come in contact with many children with autism."...."my characterization of children with autism in AUTISM'S FALSE PROPHETS came exclusively from what I read in newspapers, which no doubt slants descriptions to more extreme symptoms, or to descriptions from a handful of people, like Richard Grinker, Peter Hotez, Kathleen Seidel, and Camille Clark."
Dr. Offit admits his limitations then again limits the reader by only using these neurodiverse followers as "experts." There is a purpose to that as they allow his agenda to come shining through but always at the expense of the injured children labeled autistic. Trine does the same thing by again limiting the reader's knowledge to a rigid neurodiverse viewpoint rather than people on both sides of the autism-vaccine issue. So it was interesting that Trine would also pick Ms. Seidel, thus showing us the direction, focus, and intent of her articles. This was not science or even concern about our children or autism. It was about trying to squash the message that is getting louder and louder: Vaccines can cause autism. (See TIME Here)
Here's another fascinating addition to this story that I happened upon by recently joining Facebook. You can have a friend and see all their friends and so on - meaning, I was looking through a friends list of their friends and lo and behold, I saw Alison Singer's list of her friends. For those of you who do not know her, Ms. Singer has made quite a resume for herself.
She initially was known as the woman in the Autism Speaks, "Autism Every Day"video who was filmed saying she had thought about taking her daughter's life. Now that caused quite a reaction in the autism community.and beyond. She then proceeded to become quite a big shot at Autism Speaks as Executive Vice President of Communications and Awareness but one year ago quit. (See Newsweek Here) "Over and over, the science has shown no causal link between vaccines and autism. My feeling is that if there was an unlimited pot of money at the NIH [National Institutes of Health] from which to fund autism science then it would be fine to say let's study it more. But we don't have that."
In that same article, Bob Wright, founder of Autism Speaks had this to say, .."more authoritative research needs to be conducted on the safety of vaccines given to children under 2. "We all know that autism has genetic causes, but it's highly associated with environmental factors we can't get our hands around," says Wright. "Vaccines fall into that category."
She left but was found to be part of a new organization within days, one in which Dr. Offit also was involved:
ASF Press Release: New advocacy group will focus on non-vaccine-related autism research
April 18, 2009 (SEATTLE, WA)--The Autism Science Foundation, a new not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research,launched its operations today,....The organization is co-founded by Alison Singer, formerly Executive Vice President of Autism Speaks..... Singer will serve as President of the new organization. .....Vaccines save lives; they do not cause autism. Numerous studies have failed to show a causal link between vaccines and autism. Vaccine safety research should continue to be conducted by the public health system in order to ensure vaccine safety and maintain confidence in our national vaccine program, but further investment of limited autism research dollars is not warranted at this time....Joining Singer on the Autism Science Foundation Board of Directors are Dr. Paul Offit, Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia..
More history on Ms. Singer's history with Dr. Offit here: (J.B. Handley's Singer Feeds the Hungry Lie Twice) and (J.B. Handley's Singer Feeds the Hungry Lie)
Are you getting the picture? What really then sealed the deal for me is that on the list of Alison Singer's friends that I saw on FB was Trine Tsouderos with Tribune Company under her name. How disappointing to know that a reporter from a newspaper doing a series on autism was just another used piece of media for an agenda. How wrong ethically also to use your advantage of being a part of the media to apparently deny and confabulate so others may profit.
I am sure by the time this is seen by those involved many Facebook accounts will become invisible to you and me but the damage to their plan has been done.
Teresa Conrick has two beautiful daughters. When she is not teaching, she is researching the biomedical implications of autism, both past and present.
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