On December 15, 2013, Fox News had two reports with Dr. David Samadi and Dr. Marc Siegel as the medical experts. The first one was, Are Measles Making a Comeback?
David Samadi/Marc Siegel Part One
Marc Siegel:"Measles is a virus. ...It's a wildly contagious virus. .... The Centers for Control told me that measles is a perfect example of how a health problem anywhere is a health problem everywhere. And the reason that is the case is because we need vaccination. One of the biggest heroes of the 20th and 21st century is the MMR vaccine, which now has a 85 percent compliance around the world and is stamping out measles around the world. There is still 150,000 deaths from measles every year in the world. And here it's starting to return because of imported cases. . . . There's a 30 percent complication rate with measles, including one in 1,000 case of encephalitis. . . . You can get ear infections, you can get pneumonia form it. . . ."
Fox anchor: "There's this whole controversy, of course, over MMR. . . . "
Dr. David Samadi: "That's exactly why we have this problem today. . . . This vaccine is safe. It does not cause autism, despite some of the beliefs. This comes from 1998, when Andrew Wakefield published a paper in Lancet that said maybe this will cause autism. Since then that paper has been withdrawn. There's no proof that this vaccine causes autism. So everybody needs to go and get this vaccine. . . . "
(I have to ask you to imagine what other medical product or procedure is offhandedly recommended FOR EVERYBODY. Antibiotics? Surgery?)
Siegel: "United States compliance rate is over 90 percent. We need to keep it that way. . . You probably need a booster later on."
Samadi: "You have to check you titres. . . ."
The woman news anchor then asked what parents should do if the doctor wants to give multiple shots with the MMR.
Siegel vaguely referenced spreading out vaccines and Samadi continued to deny any link to autism.
Samadi: "I think what you're trying to bring up is the whole controversy over vaccines causing autism. I think we need to put this to rest on this show. . . . There's no scientific data that shows measles and MMR causes autism. Period. I know we're going to get a lot of emails and phone calls about this, but parents if you look at the data, it's not there."
My question is, Why were there two doctors on this show both promoting the MMR and denying
any problems---essentially saying the same thing? Wasn't that a little medical overkill? Or is it now so controversial to promote the MMR that one MD is just not enough?
What Siegel and Samadi need to do is look at the past coverage on Fox about vaccines and autism.
2010 Marc Siegel was here saying thimerosal had been removed from the MMR.
Siegel ended the interview responding to Becky Estepp saying, "Even if an association ever is found--at's not proof. . . "
September 12, 2010 -- Proof of Vaccine-Autism Link?
Alisyn Camerota focused on the Hannah Poling settlement. She called it "groundbreaking."
Dr. Alvarez was more concerned that "an avalanche of other people" might do what Hannah Poling's parents did and sue over vaccine damage.
Also on Fox News:
Dr. Sarah Bridges was on Fox News in 2011 talking about how son developed autism following routine vaccinations. The government agreed and she was awarded an $7 to $8 million settlement for lifetime care.
On Fox News, May 10, 2011, New York University law professor Mary Holland discussed the fact that a stunning report from Pace Law School revealed that for years, parents have won vaccine damage suits resulting in autism in federal court, all the while the government denied doing so.
Samadi and Siegel seem to have been very busy at Fox News on Dec 15 because they were also the experts in a report, FDA phasing out antibiotics in animal meat.
David Samadi/Marc Siegel Part Two
Samadi: "The FDA, since 1977, hasn't done much about the food industry. . . . And famers have been giving these kinds of antibiotics, first to treat all the bugs and bacteria in cows, in chickens, and other, but now they find out that these antibiotics make the cows grow faster and grow bigger. So, financially, this was a great way to make money. Over the years, this antibiotic has come in our food chain. This is one of the reasons why I'm completely against using all this antibiotic in our meat because of the rise of antibiotic resistance."
"Over two million Americans are now affected and antibiotic[s] aren't working anymore because we're getting resistant to it. Last year, about 23,000 people died as a result of this resistance. . . .Eighty percent of the antibiotics that are being used in this country is used on--not people---it's used on animals. And it's getting into our systems indirectly. You need to know about this. . . . First of all, stay away from red meat. We recommended this last week. . . . if you can't, use organic."
Siegel joined in the discussion. "The key number here that David just highlighted is that eighty percent of antibiotics are given to animals in this country and they're not given in therapeutic ways. Animals are not sick. What the FDA wants to do is ban this kind of use and at least put on the label, 'for human consumption only' because they give only very low doses of antibiotics that promote growth in animals. But here's how it works inside an animal's intestine. If a bacteria is exposed to all these antibiotics, you know which ones survive? We're talking millions of colonies here. The ones that survive are the ones that are resistance to that antibiotic. Survival of the fittest. You see it with E. coli. You see it with salmonella. . . . The American Academy of Pediatrics came out saying, hey, we don't have enough antibiotics to treat children already, 'cause children don't tolerate this antibiotic, they don't tolerate that antibiotic. We need more choices, not less. And if you give us a problem with drug resistance, we're not going to have as much arrows in our quivers to use. That's the problem when you get over the human side. It's a big part of the problem. The other part, which David and I discussed a few weeks ago, is in hospitals, we're overusing antibiotics. . . . "
If you're like me, it's difficult to reconcile these two reports. In one, the two doctors do little more than cite official studies when proclaiming the safety of the MMR vaccine and denying a link with autism. Neither of them questions the safety of the ever-expanding vaccine program.
In Part Two we're told the FDA has been asleep at the switch and lots of unhealthy things are going on with the meat supply. The use of antibiotics in meat products is affecting human health and even endangering our lives. Change is called for. We need to wake up to what's happening.
Where is the same concern when it comes to vaccine safety? Siegel and Samadi happily accept or close their eyes to the fact that vaccines are among the most poorly researched medical products on the market. We allow the agency that runs the vaccine program to also be responsible for the safety of vaccines. They are also allowed to have financial ties to the industry they're overseeing. We allow the vaccine makers to do their own safety studies.
No one mentioned the fact that in order to stop the mounting lawsuits because of vaccine damage, the government had to indemnify the vaccine makers or they threatened to stop making vaccines. Even the Supreme Court has said that vaccines are "unavoidably unsafe."
Why didn't Siegel and Samadi bring up the pathetic history of safety testing for vaccine components? If they would care to look, they would discover that neither the aluminum nor the mercury used in vaccines has ever been tested or approved by the FDA, yet they're still allowed. When it comes to the MMR vaccine, there are many studies on the efficacy of the vaccine and almost nothing on the safety of combining three live viruses into one vaccine.
When speaking about antibiotics in meat, David Samadi stated, "You need to know about this. . . . First of all, stay away from red meat. We recommended this last week. . . . if you can't, use organic."
When the issue is vaccines and autism, Samadi could only say, "I think we need to put this to rest on this show."
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.