Managing Editor's Note: Well lookey here! Dr. Johnson was given the Sabin Vaccine Institute 2006 award. Here. The Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute’s mission is to prevent disease by advancing development of new vaccines and increasing immunization rates. Founded in 1993, the Institute pursues Albert Sabin’s vision of a world protected from disease by vaccines. You can email ABC at the link following this post.
By Julie Obradovic
What's that you say, Dr. Johnson?
So I'm sitting at work this morning, when an email from my best friend pops up. It's about 10 AM, and she wants to know if there's ever been a study of the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated. She wants to know this because Dr. Tim Johnson on Good Morning America just told her that not only has this study been conducted, but that it has conclusively shown there is no link between the rates of autism among those who get vaccines and those who don't. Even better, the IOM agrees.
I thought she must be mistaken. Even Dr. Johnson wouldn't go so far as to make something up, would he?
A quick check of the GMA website verified he would.
Today, with Diane Sawyer, Dr. Tim Johnson, the ABC medical "expert" said the following lie.
When asked about the connection between Autism and vaccines, he said QUOTE:
"Well, it's understandable why parents make that connection because their kids get shots and they get Autism at the same ages.
But I have to tell you, Diane, every good study that looks at this has found no increased risk from vaccines. They look at kids who get vaccinated and kids who don't.
THERE'S NO INCREASE IN RISK FOR AUTISM AMONG THOSE WHO GET VACCINES VERSES THOSE WHO DON'T.
The Institute of Medicine, which I think is an impeccably independent body, has looked at all the evidence an said there's no connection. I think that's the truth."
Now, unless I've been under a rock, the only study of the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated that exists happens to be the one Generation Rescue performed (HERE). And from what I remember, those results showed the exact opposite of what he claims.
Dr. Johnson has completely crossed the line in his gross overstatement not only about a fictional study and it's fictional results existing, but also regarding what the IOM has concluded about the relationship between vaccines and autism. I urge everyone who is passionate about the truth, whether or not you believe vaccines are involved, to demand a retraction from ABC. This issue is too important to leave to "experts" who clearly don't know what they are talking about.
Worse than watching this sad excuse for journalism was watching child after child being held down to be injected with the oops-we-picked-the-wrong-strain-so-it-doesn't-work-flu-shot, wondering which one of them just might end up at their toxic tipping point. I actually felt woozy.
Even worse than that though, was the comment made by my pregnant best friend who brought it to my attention.
"You know, if I didn't know you, and I heard that they had studied the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated and found there was no difference in the rates, that would seal the deal for me Autism had nothing to do with the shots. I wonder how many more moms think that now too."
Yeah, you and me both.
You can contact ABC HERE. (Thank you Angela S.!)
Julie Obradovic is a High School Spanish Teacher in the suburbs of Chicago where she lives with her husband and 3 beautiful children, one of whom is recovered from Autism. She is a member of the NAA, a Rescue Angel, and founder of the Southwest Suburban Biomedical Support Group. Last year she threw the First Annual Evening for ACE, a benefit that raised several thousand dollars for the Autism Center for Enlightenment, Dr. Anju Usman's not-for-profit organization.