Read Anne's comments and commentary after the jump.
The message here is stunning. Vaccines can be a trigger for autism, but they're not the cause. Two brothers, one vaccinated on the regular schedule and one with an alternative one, both get autism, therefore vaccines aren't the cause of autism?
I call this, Autism Speaks' message of hopelessness for April.
"I think awareness is the best thing we can hope for right now" ....is the truly chilling statement made by the mother during the interview. Light it up blue...it's all we can do.
My friend Jackie in San Francisco told me yesterday that April 2nd should be a national day of mourning for autism.
I only posted four comments because they won't publish ones with links.
News Anchor: "Why, Why...If we could get at the why, could we prevent it? And I know I had mentioned before we came into this, that question that's still a great controversy, could vaccines at all play a role? And in your case, you have an open question mark."
Daniela Foley (mother): "I do. I vaccinated my oldest son, as you would any other child, he is on the spectrum. I changed the vaccination of my younger son, to try to see if there was a cause or a trigger. Despite that very different vaccination schedule, my younger son is also on the spectrum. I think it perhaps is a trigger, I don't believe it's a cause."
Anchor: "Or a trigger for some children."
Then the conversation changed to all thethings Autism Speaks is up to, all the new drugs that are being researched. The main message was that we need to light everything up in blue for awareness. Foley said that there are going to be "good days and bad---you hope for more good than bad."
Foley: "I think awareness is the best thing we can hope for right now, until we find all the answers that have eluded us. Because with awareness comes acceptance, and with acceptance comes opportunity."
Lula Folgosa, Exec Dir. South FL Autism Speaks talked about the need for insurance reform.
Foley urged parents of "newly diagnosed" children to join in Autism Speaks' upcoming walk because it's a "great opportunity for a day of absolute acceptance. There are probably upwards of 20,000 people who come. ...you see that you are not alone."
That's really true....with 2 percent of children now with autism, we're certainly not alone.
"The recent CDC study 'Increasing Exposure to Antibody-Stimulating Proteins and Polysaccharides in Vaccines Is Not Associated with Risk of Autism' by Destefano et al. 2013 was released in the Journal of Pediatrics last week. This study purports that "increasing exposure to antibody-stimulating proteins and polysaccharides in vaccines during the first 2 years of life was not related to the risk of developing an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)." Of all of the papers I have reviewed over my 26-year career as a research scientist, this is perhaps the most flawed and disingenuous study I have encountered. The Destefano et al. 2013 study is to science what the movie Ishtar was to cinema."
"The Mackinac Bridge will be lit blue at sundown Tuesday and continue to be illuminated at night for the entire month as part of an autism awareness campaign....
"It's part of a national campaign that includes bathing the White House and Empire State Building in blue.
"Autism affects people's ability to communicate and socialize. More than 50,000 people in Michigan have autism, including about 16,000 children."
Of course, 50,000 people in MI don't have autism....but 16,000 children do. I posted 2 comments.
"The officers, from nearly 100 police departments and 17 prosecutor's offices, spent a day learning ways to constructively deal with people with the disorder.
"An estimated one in 49 children in New Jersey are born with a form of autism, experts say."
"BORN WITH AUTISM"----no three words make me angrier. Born with? Must be no one's fault then....or maybe the mom/dad. It's probably genetic. It's certainly nothing for society to worry about. I posted two comments.
"As the number of families impacted by the disorder continues to grow, arts and culture organizations are discovering the need to reach these audiences. The latest federal survey puts the number of autism spectrum cases among school-age children at 1 in 50, according to a March 20 study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration."
"...continues to grow..." This acceptance is ludicrous. I posted comments.
"Many local businesses and professional offices will bathe their buildings in cerulean tones to honor Light It Up Blue, held globally each April 2 by Autism Speaks to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and kick-off Autism Awareness Month.
"Across the globe, iconic structures such as the Empire State Building in New York City and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil are illuminated blue to illustrate the importance of research into prevention and a cure for the brain development disorder, which now affects 1 in 88 children worldwide."
It's strange that this story talks about prevention when Autism Speaks never talks about preventing autism. It's a given that there's no known cause.
Our managing editor, Kim Stagliano, made this comment about "celebrating autism."
"They're pretending it's Easter when it's really Good Friday." That pretty well summed it up for me. I intend to put that comment on every story talking celebrating autism that are sure to be coming out in April. I posted three comments.
"California's leading grassroots autism advocacy organization, will host a series of events throughout the month of April to help increase awareness about autism and the issues surrounding those impacted by the disorder. Autism impacts 1 in 50 children and appears to have its root in early brain development, although there is no known cause or cure. Since its inception, SNN has worked with more than 30,000 children and families and is known as California's go-to organization for autism advocacy and serving under-served populations, particularly the African American and Latino communities."
More of the horrific acceptance of a disorder affecting 2 percent of children with no known cause or cure. (There was no place for comments.)
"A new study finds that children who receive the full schedule of vaccinations have no increased risk of autism.
"'This is a very important and reassuring study,' says Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer at Autism Speaks, who wasn't involved in the new paper. 'This study shows definitively that there is no connection between the number of vaccines that children receive in childhood, or the number of vaccines that children receive in one day, and autism.'"
This is sure to get lots of coverage and it's obviously timed to coincide with autism awareness month. There is a pretense at doing a comparison study, but it's not a true fully vaccinated vs never vaccinated study, which is the only way to settle the issue.
The comment link doesn't work. Liz Szabo wrote this story. She's covered autism/vaccines for a long time. I wrote this about her last summer.
Greg Gutfeld on Fox: "What did jackass Jim Carrey do? He was behind that anti-vaccine panic. There's 160,000 people that died from measles last year, according to World Health Organization. Jim Carrey has killed more people than all the rifles combined. He's a dirty, stinking coward. He's a moral coward. He did a video attacking rural America. You wouldn't do video about gangs which kills more people with handguns. He wouldn't do that because he is too worried about his career. He's such a pathetic, sad, little freak. He is a gibbering mess."
Jim Carrey did a parody of Charlton Heston's role with guns and the NRA. There was a lot criticism on Fox. Three times Jim Carrey was the subject of discussion on Wednesday, March 27 on Fox. Greg Gutfeld wasn't satisfied with just talking about Carrey's portrayal of Heston, he also brought up Carrey's efforts to publicize the risks associated with vaccines. His tirade included blaming him for every person who died of measles last year.
"Should fears be given credence? No. Yes."
Both sides are presented and Pam McAlister of St. Paul presented the facts about the risks.
It's hard to brush this off....
"Regarding the Gardasil vaccine, there were thousands of reports of sudden collapse with unconsciousness within 24 hours, seizures, muscle pain, disabling fatigue, Guillain-Barré syndrome, facial paralysis, brain inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, blood clots, optic neuritis, strokes and other serious health problems, including death. Adverse event reports for Cervarix have been similar. As of August 2012, a total of 26,304 reports had been made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System associated with Gardasil or Cervarix, including 118 deaths."