First of all, something that will get absolutely no recognition in the mainstream media is this announcement by RFK in EcoWatch.com: Yale University Study Shows Association Between Vaccines and Brain Disorders
A team of researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine have found a disturbing association between the timing of vaccines and the onset of certain brain disorders in a subset of children.
Analyzing five years' worth of private health insurance data on children ages 6-15, these scientists found that young people vaccinated in the previous three to 12 months were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with certain neuropsychiatric disorders than their non-vaccinated counterparts.
This new study, which raises important questions about whether over-vaccination may be triggering immune and neurological damage in a subset of vulnerable children (something parents of children with autism have been saying for years), was published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, Jan. 19.
More than 95,000 children in the database that were analyzed had one of seven neuropsychiatric disorders: anorexia nervosa, anxiety disorder, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and tic disorder. …
However, children who had been vaccinated were 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with anorexia and 25 percent more likely to be diagnosed with OCD than their non-vaccinated counterparts. Vaccinated children were also more likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and with tics compared to the controls….
I agree with these researchers that the correlation between anorexia, OCD, tic disorder, anxiety disorder and vaccinations warrants further scrutiny. This study suggests that the seemingly inexplicable increase we have seen in brain disorders among young children may not be so mysterious after all.
This should warrant at least a modicum of coverage by the press. Isn’t Yale a prestigious institution whose research would be considered cutting edge? Isn’t vaccine safety a critical topic in the minds of parents everywhere?
Unfortunately the press doesn’t see it that way. To them, the only possible news about vaccines is the same old same old—vaccines are safe, vaccines save lives. Besides, the major news outlets are currently too busy trashing the idea of a vaccine safety panel under Donald Trump headed by Robert Kennedy, Jr.
Recently there was a Pew survey showing that 82 percent of parents trust today’s vaccine schedule and back the vaccine requirements for children to attend school.
And on February 8 the big news was that 350 national groups had sent a joint letter to President Trump supporting vaccines and challenging anyone who raised questions about safety.
Lena Sun at the Washington Post wrote the piece, More than 350 organizations write Trump to endorse current vaccines’ safety.
The effort, organized by the American Academy of Pediatrics, reflects the growing alarm among a wide array of groups over Trump’s embrace of discredited claims about vaccine safety. After a meeting in January with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a proponent of the debunked theory that vaccines cause autism, a Trump spokeswoman said he was considering creation of a commission on autism….
It continues: “Claims that vaccines are unsafe when administered according to expert recommendations have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature.”
Following their meeting last month, Kennedy said that he and Trump had discussed creation of a vaccine commission, which he would chair. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already has a well-established expert panel, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which follows a scientifically rigorous and open process to evaluate all aspects of vaccine safety.
Of course the Washington Post is spinning the truth. Nothing is said about the real issue here. That “robust body of medical literature” that disproves any link to side effects is what’s in question. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, that “well-established expert panel,” can’t be trusted if we consider the charges of corruption, collusion, and cover-up swirling around the CDC. Sun and everyone else in the press is knowingly misleading parents. As journalists they tell only one side of the story—the pro-pharma side.
What’s scaring everyone at the major papers and networks is the possibility that a panel looking at scientific integrity at the CDC would publicize everything the press has covered up with phony news stories for decades. We’d hear about all the shady conflicts of interest waivers for members of that “expert panel” at the CDC. We’d hear about the independent science that raises serious concern about vaccine safety claims. We’d learn that a lot of toxic additives in vaccines have never been tested for safety. We’d be told that safety claims are based on research by a wanted felon from Denmark, and we’d wake up to the truth about a CDC whistleblower who says he was ordered to cover up a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. We’d all end up asking why the agency that approves our vaccines is also in charge of vaccine safety—why they literally have oversight over themselves.
It’s desperation time for health officials and the media.
Expect lots and lots of stories telling us about the virtues of being vaccinated and demonizing anyone who dares to say otherwise.
On February 8 the New York Times ran the op ed piece, How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning, by Peter Hotez.
(Hotez is both a physician and the father of a daughter with autism.)
Hotez spends most of the article singing the praises of mass vaccination and denying that anything is wrong.
It’s looking as if 2017 could become the year when the anti-vaccination movement gains ascendancy in the United States and we begin to see a reversal of several decades in steady public health gains. The first blow will be measles outbreaks in America.
Measles is one of the most contagious and most lethal of all human diseases. A single person infected with the virus can infect more than a dozen unvaccinated people, typically infants too young to have received their first measles shot. Such high levels of transmissibility mean that when the percentage of children in a community who have received the measles vaccine falls below 90 percent to 95 percent, we can start to see major outbreaks, as in the 1950s when four million Americans a year were infected and 450 died. Worldwide, measles still kills around 100,000 children each year.
The myth that vaccines like the one that prevents measles are connected to autism has persisted despite rock-solid proof to the contrary. Donald Trump has given credence to such views in tweets and during a Republican debate, but as president he has said nothing to support vaccination opponents, so there is reason to hope that his views are changing.
Hotez even mentioned “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” but fails to say what the movie is about.
However, a leading proponent of the link between vaccines and autism said he recently met with the president to discuss the creation of a presidential commission to investigate vaccine safety. Such a commission would be a throwback to the 2000s, when Representative Dan Burton of Indiana held fruitless hearings and conducted investigations on this topic. And a documentary alleging a conspiracy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” has recently been shown around the country.
As a scientist leading global efforts to develop vaccines for neglected poverty-related diseases like schistosomiasis and Chagas’ disease, and as the dad of an adult daughter with autism and other disabilities, I’m worried that our nation’s health will soon be threatened because we have not stood up to the pseudoscience and fake conspiracy claims of this movement.
Hotez attacks anyone raising questions. He predicts life-threatening outbreaks of disease if parents don’t vaccinate, and most of all, he does not want anyone looking into the workings of the CDC.
… I fear that such myths will be used to justify new rounds of hearings or unwarranted investigations of federal agencies, including the C.D.C. This would only distract attention from these agencies’ crucial work, and the real needs of families with children on the autism spectrum, such as mental health services, work-entry programs for adults and support for the research being done by the National Institutes of Health.
Hotez does mention autism in passing. He cites genetics, “chemicals in the environment or infections,” or possibly certain drugs. All we really need to know is that it can’t be vaccines.
So what’s going to happen when a federal panel reveals how untrustworthy and nefarious the official science and the management of the CDC really are?
Anyone who knows what a house of cards the safety claims really amount to has got to be worried that it can all collapse in an instant.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.