AAP, Paul Offit, Amanda Peet To Promote Vaccines Today
AAP is kicking off a "Vaccinate Your Baby" campaign. Speaking to the press today is Amanda Peet, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Bumpers, the President of AAP, Paul Offit (holder of several vaccine patents), and a mom of a child with autism. They say, "This initiative will address misinformation about vaccines that causes confusion among parents and puts children at risk."
The press conference is today (Tuesday, August 5th, 2008) at the Peninsula Hotel, 700 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 3rd Floor Gramercy Room from 10:30 to 11:30.
I remember a while back there being a post on here about the AAP's effort to find an autism parent willing to talk about how great vaccines are.
Well, apparently the only one they could find happens to be married to the President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. That's about right.
Posted by: Jack | August 05, 2008 at 02:37 PM
Oh yes, hope to goodness nothing happens to Amanda Peet's kid. There are parents out there on autism lists with grandparents with Parkinson's.
Its stupid to vaccinate with Parkinson's in your genetics because it means your nervous system is vulnerable. Hope to God that child inherited the father's side of the family's genes (assuming of course they are better than Peet's). Peet herself has some issues, she was a self-proclaimed hypochondriac on a Letterman show a few years ago. IF she knew better she would not have vaccinated her daughter.
We can all hold a collective breath for her daughter's sake.
Posted by: For Peet's sake! | August 05, 2008 at 02:08 PM
I understand the karma comment because I think we all have various roundabout knee-jerk wishes that others would understand our position. I guess the first impulse would be to think that first hand experience tends to be the quickest route. But I know we all wish they could understand without their child regressing, just as some of the rocks of the safer-vaccine movement like David Kirby do not happen to have an effected child.
Besides, first hand experience is no guarantee. Think about Peter Hotez, the infectious disease specialist from the Sabine Institute who's auditioned to be the next Paul Offit, launching public attacks in the media against Omnibus parents and hawking loud defenses of vaccines. His reasons for doing this may have to do with the fact that his family's finances are strained by his severely autistic child. Though clearly this is unconscious, Hotez is selling out his own child's welfare to his career ideology and possibly now to financial concerns. So don't think that someone like Peet wouldn't sell her own child down the river if the little girl tragically regressed. This movement may be the only advocates that little girl has at the moment. Peet then might become some pro-vax mouthpiece *with* an effected child, arguing from a supposed horse's mouth position for the gene theory of autism. The horror of it isn't just political and frankly I could live without witnessing something like that occur. After being so aggressive in such a public way, it's unlikely Peet would recant and say she'd been wrong, she might just keep throwing good money after bad. So let's all knock wood collectively that absolutely nothing goes wrong with that little girl.
Posted by: Gatogorra | August 05, 2008 at 12:26 PM
The X-Files movie wasn't all that good (did I say I paid for it? Nope, sure didn't :P). If it makes you feel better, I can give you a little spoiler.
Amanda Peet's character gets pushed down a well.
Posted by: Craig Willoughby | August 05, 2008 at 12:12 PM
Andrea, we all have our moments. That's for sure. Hope your son is OK.
Posted by: Stagmom | August 05, 2008 at 11:35 AM
I'm sorry ladies that my comments seem inappropriate.
You're right Ms. Peet's daughter is an innocent child and I really wish nothing bad will ever happen to her. I heard her mommy talk about all her hopes and dreams for her on Regis and Kelly- I hope they all come true. And they both have a nice normal wonderful life.
Excuse me while I go apply ice to my son's forehead. He had an unfortunate encounter with a wall this morning.
Posted by: Andrea | August 05, 2008 at 11:24 AM
I wouldn't wish full blown autism on anyone's child. Ever. You can't take away your own pain, or your child's, by wishing it on another. Go after the parents all you want. Leave the kids out of it.
Posted by: Stagmom | August 05, 2008 at 11:02 AM
Andrea ---- Calm down.
Yes, she is clueless as to what she is advocating, but do you really want that child to fall into the world of Autism? That child did nothing wrong. We do not want any more children joining this club.
As for Ms. Peet --- don't wish this on her either. THAT, my friend, is very bad karma. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.
Posted by: Diane | August 05, 2008 at 10:56 AM
Dear M. Mom,
Just expressing my frustration with Ms. Peet's insensitive comments. I love AOA because I feel supported here. When I surf the net looking for info, I often find outright hostility for what I am trying to do for my child. AOA is a welcome respite. I reserve the right to take the comments personally and hate her because she is talking about my children and my choices.
In fact I disagree with everything you wrote in response to my earlier comment. I most strongly object to your statement that "IT WOULD HELP A LOT MORE IF ALL MOMS STAY TOGEHTER [SIC] IN THIS BATTLE AGAINST AUTISM." We moms should speak out loudly and clearly to protect our children. If you think it is the sonograms - you go for it! I happen to think it was the mercury-laden flu shot my doctor told me I needed while I was pregnant.
Feel free to stick with Ms. Peet, but I will bring her job into this because she is using her fame to promote Dr. Offit's agenda (unlike Jenny McCarthy who uses her job-related fame to speak out on a subject on which she has real personal knowledge).
Ms. Peet's comments indicate that her autism education was very limited prior to her gaff. Perhaps she unintentionally got in over her head.
By the way, I think your mother was on to something!
Posted by: Disturbed Mom | August 05, 2008 at 10:32 AM
I was in the middle of composing a response to this and then the power went out. I spent the last 2 hours trying to calm my 12 year old non-verbal, self-injurious son down because he couldn't understand why he couldn't watch the Disney channel.
I just kept wishing that all the proponents of "posion-nate your baby" were here to experience this meltdown first hand.
I've recently been hoping karma will kick in and show Amanda Peet how horribly wrong she is about joining forces with these maniacs. Her daughter is only 18 months and that is at a very vulnerable age.I wonder if she has received the "autism shot" yet? I want her to know the first hand pain of what it's like to have your child slip away. I want her to know autism. I want her world to turn upside down. She is so deserving of this experience...
Posted by: Andrea | August 05, 2008 at 10:00 AM
I really do not understand how she considers my family to be parasites
THEN JUST DO NOT TAKE THIS PERSONALY..
when her child's glorious immunities were achieved at the cost of my child's health.
DOCTORS STILL DO NOT KNOW FOR SURE... I THINK IT WOULD HELP A LOT MORE IF ALL MOMS STAY TOGEHTER IN THIS BATTLE AGAINST AUTISM.
DID ANYONE THINK TO LOOK INTO SO MANY ULTRASOUNDS THE UNBORN CHILD HAS TO GO THRU PRIOR TO THE BIRTH????
I also think it is ironic that she is in the X-files' movie - based on a show whose heroes were all about looking at all possible solutions.
I THINK THE JOB HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HOW ONE FEELS IN THE PRIVATE LIFE. I WAS RAISED WITHOUT THE VACCINATIONS BACAUSE MY MOTHER DID NOT BELIVED IN THEM. HOWEVER, LATER IN MY LIFE I HAD TO BE VACCINATED TO PROTECT MY CHILD!!!
THIS IS ONLY MAY PONIT OF VIEW, I DO NOT TRY TO MAKE ANYONE TO CHANGE THEIR MIND.
THANK YOU FOR READING!
Posted by: M. MOM | August 05, 2008 at 09:31 AM
In response to anything Amanda, Paul, Rosalyn and the AAP have to say:
The rise in autoimmune and neurological disorders in the past four decades in industrialized countries coincides with the substantial addition of new vaccines to the childhood schedule as well as rapidly increasing compliance rates.
Vaccine pre-licensure studies are not designed to detect causation or associations between vaccination and autoimmune diseases or autism. If you don’t look for it, chances are you won’t find it. But don’t say the studies fail to prove a link. Because you never set out to answer the question.
Don’t ask vaccine makers because they answer to their shareholders first.
Don’t ask paid spokespeople, because you get what you pay for.
And don’t ask the CDC because they just admitted that the database and methodology they used to prove vaccines don’t cause autism were flawed and misleading.
If vaccines did not cause injury and death, there would not have been nearly $2 billion in compensation paid out to families.
Vaccines do cause injury and death to susceptible children. Does the government have the right to force all children to be vaccinated if the causal research has not been done?
It’s quite simple. Do the analysis, tell the whole truth, let parents decide.
If any of you receive money, directly or indirectly, from the vaccine industry, do us a favor and stand down. Your words hold no currency.
Truth has a funny way of prevailing. The parents of vaccine-injured children know. And we will never go away.
Louise Kuo Habakus
Posted by: Louise Kuo Habakus | August 05, 2008 at 09:04 AM
I do not put any stock in what Amanda Peet has to say about anything especially when it comes to the thousands of children that have slipped away and many did after receiving vaccinations. I would venture to bet she does not have an autistic child. If she did she wouldn't be so cruel in her language toward those who make the decision not to vaccinate. Spend some time with these families, Amanda! We are not under obligation to let the government run our children's medical lives.
Posted by: Lia Rodgers | August 05, 2008 at 09:01 AM
I can no longer stand the site of Amanda Peet, an actress I previously could not have cared less about. She personally offends me. As a mom of an almost recovered GFCF (soy and corn, too) four year old, I've struggled with how to deal with vaccines for my apparently NT two year old. Of course, I do not want her or any other child to be vulnerable to the vaccinated diseases! I really do not understand how she considers my family to be parasites (I do not for a second buy that backhanded apology)when her child's glorious immunities were achieved at the cost of my child's health. I also think it is ironic that she is in the X-files' movie - based on a show whose heroes were all about looking at all possible solutions. Even medical doctor Scully would not be able to overlook all of our children. I have not seen the movie. I loved the show but I do not want to put any more money in Ms. Peet's pocket. Perhaps in this last installment, Ms. Peet's character helps Mulder and Scully to see that they are delusional and that the conventional scientists and doctors are gods.
Posted by: Disturbed Mom | August 05, 2008 at 07:38 AM