More from the "acceptable discrimination" files..... Imagine mocking, berating, denying the injury from drunk driving, drug overdose, crib rails, car seats, anything, anything at all. Vaccine injury? Doesn't exist. Except when it does.
By Anne Dachel
On Nov 29, 2015 Salon.com published, What the hell’s wrong with us? Autism, vaccines and why some people believe Jenny McCarthy over every doctor, by Rob Brotherton.
Why won't seemingly rational parents believe the experts who tell us that vaccines do not cause autism? Brotherton can't understand why they're so unconvinced. All the science is in. Vaccines are safe; vaccines save lives. Every child should be vaccinated. Why are naïve parents still listening to Jenny McCarthy?
It must be that these people would rather believe in conspiracy theories than all the science. Brotherton cited Dr. Paul Offit:
"And, as Paul Offit has pointed out, the current concerns about MMR somehow causing autism are about as plausible, biologically speaking, as the claim, widely reported in the early 1800s, that the smallpox vaccine caused recipients to sprout horns, run about on all fours, and low and squint like cows."
(Offit is described as "a pediatrician and immunologist.")
So while Barbara Loe Fisher and Dr. Andrew Wakefield are the purveyors of vaccine misinformation, Brian Deer and Offit are the people we should listen to.
I asked others to respond to Brotherton's headline: "What the hell's wrong with us?" Why do we believe Jenny McCarthy rather than "every doctor," as Brotherton charges here?
It all boils down to the age-old "conspiracist fears about vaccines." People just don't trust the "reams of scientific literature."
"Thanks to a small but vocal minority of dedicated anti-vaccinists, the Internet is rife with conspiracy-laced misinformation urging us not to trust vaccines."
The message here is that these people are dangerous because "according to a recent study, merely reading anti-vaccine conspiracy theories can reduce parents’ willingness to have their children vaccinated."
Just like in the days of the Soviet Union when dissenters were labeled insane and put away in mental hospitals, people who question vaccine safety are attacked as irrational conspiracy-minded troublemakers. Their claims don't deserve consideration.
I asked contacts of mine to respond to Brotherton's claims. My own is included.
What the hell's wrong with us?' Why won't we all just get on board with the idea that a one-size-fits-every-child vaccine schedule is safe? Rob Brotherton needs to do more than quote someone who's personally made millions of dollars from the vaccine industry like Dr. Paul Offit.
We do not trust health officials with vast financial ties to the vaccine industry when they tell us to vaccinate our children.
We are leery of vaccines when manufacturers have no liability for their products.
We are tired of endless safety studies all connected to the vaccine makers.
We are still waiting for a simple study comparing the health outcomes of fully-vaccinated children with those of never-vaccinated ones. If never-vaccinated kids have the same conditions as fully-vaccinated ones, including a two percent autism rate, we'd all be convinced. No official will call for this research.
--Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism
Brotherton himself taps deeply into the paranoia that he accuses others of - evidently he feels persecuted but his research is amateurish and his "facts" easily disproven. What he, of course, does not report are the revelations of CDC whistleblower, William Thompson, who is demanding to be allowed to testify to Congress: that's just too inconvenient and doesn't suit his frame of mind.
--John Stone, UK editor: Age of Autism
On Twitter, Rob Brotherton bills himself as an ‘academic psychologist, science writer and conspiracy theory theorist.’ And exactly how does that make him an expert on vaccine safety? I haven’t read his book, but he appears to be just another elitist massaging his inflated ego by opining on a subject he knows little about, which does indeed contribute to the conspiracy of ignorance that haunts vaccine policy in the UK and the U.S.
--Barbara Loe Fisher, Co-founder National Vaccine Information Center
Rob Brotherton's claims about conspiracy theorists are just part of a well-funded and well-coordinated disinformation campaign no different than when doctors promoted smoking as a health benefit in national magazines in the 1950s and 60s.
--K Paul Stoller, MD, FACHM,
The reason that the belief that vaccines cause autism doesn't go away is because people continue to see their children suffer vaccine injuries and lose language, skills and sometimes even their connection to their parents. When people see this happen to their children they are suddenly placed in a situation where they must devote their lives full time to their children in a way that they never imagined.
I saw this happen to two of my sons and I didn't know what to do, who to talk to or what could be done. I wouldn't wish this experience on anyone. Sad to say, I've met hundreds of parents who have had the same experience.
Slowly, with hard work, endless hours of expensive therapies and boundless love, my wife and I have been able to get our sons to a point where they have a decent and even enjoyable life.
All that said, my sons will not have the life they should have had. They will have struggles for the rest of their lives that few can imagine.
My sons are not free the way Americans are meant to be free.
As a co-author of Unanswered Questions From the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and as a co-author of Vaccine Injuries, I have studied hundreds of cases of vaccine injuries in children, many of which resulted in autism and were compensated by the US Government in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). The existence of these cases stand as sober testimony to the fact that vaccines are KNOWN to cause brain damage - that is why encephalopathy is on the table of injuries that the NVICP uses - and that a symptom of that brain damage is often autism.
But let's not mince words about the experiences we have had with people such as Doctor Brotherton: they have betrayed their oath and disregarded and denigrated the experiences of people who have seen vaccine injuries devastate loved ones. Instead, these people have aligned themselves shamelessly to corrupt industry representatives like Paul Offit who has been cited for conflicts of interest by Congress in the approval process of a vaccine he made millions on.
I do not trust the pharmaceutical industry and I do not trust the government agencies that have placed this industry's agenda over the safety of children. Until there is full transparency, accountability and honesty in the vaccine program, I will not trust people like this doctor, Paul Offit and the CDC. Their actions, under the cloak of scientific consensus, have injured our children and our democracy.
People like Brotherton can mock us, ostracize us and marginalize us as much as they want but they will never silence us.
--Louis Conte, father of triplets, two of whom have autism and author of Vaccine Injuries: Documented Adverse Reactions to Vaccines
One does not have to be a conspiracy theorist to recognize that two of their children, in my case grandchildren, were adversely affected by their vaccines. When I saw two normal and healthy babies regress into shells of their former selves following the series of vaccinations, I knew what had happened.
The fact is that tens of thousands of other parents recognized the same events with their children.
Then all you have to do is look at the huge rise in chronic illnesses, including autism, of children in America, and know that they were victims of vaccine injury, the one thing they all have in common. With no government health officials able or willing to tell us what has caused this increase, we have come to our conclusions. We are educated and we read the scientific studies that never reach mainstream media.
From my window, the author of this article and book is viewed as a conspiracy theorist. His conspiracy is against all those who would disagree with his mantra, which happens to be the same as government agencies that mandate all vaccines for all children and vaccine makers who cannot be sued for a vaccine injury. Wonder how much he got paid to write this book.
--Maurine Meleck, Grandmother to two vaccine-injured grandsons
In response to Rob Brotherton’s inflammatory and biased question, “What the hell’s wrong with us? Autism, vaccines and why some people believe Jenny McCarthy over every doctor…”
The year was 1993 and I birthed my beautiful, healthy 8 pound daughter. Without reviewing any scientific studies, reading any articles or questioning anything, she received all of the doctor-recommended vaccines.
The evening of her two-month series of vaccines, my daughter suffered greatly. She cried in the tone of a high-pitched inconsolable scream for hours, had a high fever and explosive diarrhea. I paged the doctor and explained what was going-on and she said “That’s normal. She got her vaccines today so this is a normal immune response. If you’re still concerned by morning, give me a call and maybe I can see her.” It was one of the longest nights of my life. I felt so helpless and ill-equipped to manage what my baby was going-through…and I witnessed true suffering. Morning came and I arranged to see the doctor. Upon examination, the doctor said (paraphrasing) “These symptoms should go away, but it appears she’s having a hard time with her vaccines. We’ll see how she does during the next round.”
The doctor was right…her symptoms disappeared within a week and life became as normal as it is with a newborn. The memory of her suffering must have also faded because I handed her over to the doctor for her 4 month series of vaccines. It didn’t take many hours to see the exact same symptoms recur, only this time they were even more severe. I paged the doctor that evening and she urged me to come-in again the next day for an examination. Upon examination, she said (paraphrasing) “OK, we will put her on a delayed schedule. She’s reacting really badly.”
Thank God my Doctor had the foresight to delay her vaccines and spread them out. Even though we put my daughter on a delayed/altered-schedule, she still suffered chronic ear infections for 2+ years and became resistant to antibiotics. Here’s something to consider, mandates (as in CA’s SB277) effectively disallow such altered/individualized schedules.
--Michelle Ford, Founder of the Vaccine Injury Awareness League http://www.v-ial.org/
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.