By Harry Hofherr
In the past week I've heard from and spoken to two different people in the health care business. In both cases what I learned is very encouraging. It appears, despite the protests of the AAP and others; the truth about the damage being caused by vaccines is getting through.
A friend of my daughter just graduated from college with a B.S. in Nursing. It seems that she got some conflicting information in school about vaccinations and their effect.
Two years ago this young lady told my daughter that vaccines couldn't possibly be the cause of our sons' autism. Vaccines were mankind's last best hope, blah, blah, blah. It was like listening to a second grader recite the Baltimore Catechism.
Now that she's graduated, she's learned a few more things. She first says our whole family would hate her pediatrics teacher because the teacher "was all for vaccines and did not believe in any shape or form that vaccines have anything to do with Autism. When someone in class mentioned that there had been some research about the possibility that vaccines were a link with Autism, she shot off some other research that said there is no link--and that the research that said there was a link was not definitive and that it was biased. The basic point: there's no link between vaccines and Autism and that we should all push to make sure everyone gets all of the vaccines".
But the story doesn't end there. The young lady goes on to say that her cousin has autism and her "aunt is convinced that the vaccines had something to do with it. The fact that the government seems to be trying to hide something is also unsettling". She also told our daughter that in her clinical class she learned from the teachers that vaccines are causing a lot of the damage they are seeing in kids.
And to think this is coming from a brand new nurse.
In fairness, she did go on to say she is concerned about what would happen if people stopped getting vaccinations. That's a legitimate observation and one that I believe needs to be addressed by making safer vaccines and fewer of them.
This young nurse says she thinks a way to make both parties to this disagreement happy would be to ban mercury in vaccines. "If the vaccines remain as effective without the mercury, I do not see why there should be a medical issue. The only thing I can think of as to why this would be an issue is because of financial matters. I assume it is probably cheaper to make mercury-containing vaccines, so the real issue is not a medical one, but a financial one. It would be great if non-mercury-containing vaccines were offered as an alternative. I am sure many parents would be ok with paying more to decrease their child's risk of Autism."
I think she gets it.
On another front, I had an appointment at my local clinic last week. I started talking with the young doctor who gave me my check-up. She asked me the routine questions about my life and my job and my stress level (my blood pressure was slightly elevated). I told her I travel a lot for business and I don't work out as much as I should and, I have a son at home with autism.
Her jaw dropped. No kidding, it dropped. She quietly said, "I have a 4 year old son and he was diagnosed in January."
We began to talk, and talk, about autism. We talked for 45 minutes. She KNOWS her son's autism came from his vaccines. And she's angry over how little her colleagues in the pediatrics field know about autism, and vaccines. She's been doing a lot of research since January.
She worked in a family practice clinic in Texas and when her son started showing signs of autism, like not speaking, lack of eye contact, etc, etc, she asked the pediatricians in the group to examine him.
They told her, "You know, boys develop slower than girls."
It was my jaws turn to drop. "I can't believe pediatricians are still saying that stupid crap."
Apparently not all the members of the AAP got the memo informing them not to tell frantic worried parents, "You know, boys develop slower than girls". That's from the refrigerator mom school of pediatrics.
It wasn't until her family moved to the Chicago area and she took her son to a new pediatrician who immediately recognized what was going on, that she got a proper diagnosis for the boy.
She and her husband have their son in an early childhood program and various therapies now and she just read Bryan Jepson's book, "Changing The Course of Autism". She said she's in shock over the cost of all the therapy, and the fact her insurance won't pay for any of it. "We've got a bill at home for $10,000, for his therapy, just since January." She said she had to give up private practice and now works part time so she can manage his care.
I sadly welcomed her to our club.
Here's a young promising physician who's been taken out of the full time work force, is underutilizing an advanced education, and can't get over how little her colleagues know about autism and vaccines. She doesn't think the pediatricians are stupid, or lying, she thinks they can't see past the "vaccines are a good thing" side of the debate. Most of the pediatricians I've met and talked with fall into that category. They get extremely defensive when told that vaccines are a big problem. I also think they can't face the possibility they have destroyed so many children and families. The enormity of that idea must be scaring them to death.
We also talked about the latest measles epidemic in the NW Suburbs of Chicago.
I mentioned that I had read that there were no deaths among the 11 cases, but the news reports made it sound like the second coming of the plague. She told me her company email was filed with reminders and encouragements to make sure all her patients were up to date with all their vaccinations. Then I asked her a question.
"If a kid's all up to date with his shots and he's exposed to the measles, what does he have to worry about?"
My new friend just stared at me. She didn't answer.
Then I said, "Maybe the shots don't work."
She got a weird, funny kind of look on her face.
I left soon after that because she did have other patients to see. I got her email and later sent her the contacts for the NAA chapter and the TACA chapter in Chicago, the people to contact, and a list of web sites to check out. It sounds like she's already on the biomedical track to help cure her son and I hope to keep in touch with her and follow his progress.
Later in the week I was doing a long drive in the car and thinking about these two medical professionals. There are now two more converts in the war against the misguided medical theory of over immunization. I remembered the signs and the chant at the rally in D.C. "TOO MANY, TOO SOON", and I couldn't help but think of people like Offit and Gerberding and their foolish addiction to vaccines.
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of a weak mind.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Harry Hofherr and his wife have three children; two daughters and a son, Eric 11, who has autism. He has been in sales and marketing for over 25 years.