By Jennifer L. Keefe, Esq.
On the heels of attending the Defeat Autism Now conference this month in Dallas, I received a call from a co-worker on her first day back from maternity leave. My friend had sold a baby swing to someone on Craig's List in Washington, DC over the weekeend, and the new mom asked my friend if she had any baby advice.
After some basic banter, my friend advised the new mom to delay her child's vaccines and space them out one at a time. The mother answered "I already knew that - everyone in my office told me to do that. They all follow a delayed and spaced out schedule." My friend responded, "Where do you work?" The new mom replied, "Oh, the CDC department that handles the vaccine schedule." The CDC employee then went on to explain that the "schedule" isn't really supposed to be a mandatory schedule but more of a "window" of when one can start a certain vaccine. And she emphasized that no one has studied the synergistic effect of all the combined vaccines at once, which is why they -- those moms at the CDC -- only allow one vaccine at a time.
Which brought me full circle to what I overheard at the DAN! conference this weekend and have seen this week from the NVIC. When one of the doctors was asked in a Q&A session about how we, as parents, can try to get the vaccine schedule changed, he responded, "Good luck with that." Instead, he encouraged us parents to spread the word through our pediatricians and our parent internet networks. This does seem to be slowly working, at the very least for the moms working at the CDC.
And since so many people have been fed up waiting for the government to complete the basic, basic studies on vaccinated versus unvaccinated and combined effects of the shots, I was thrilled to hear that the NVIC has raised over $100,000 to launch an international fund raising campaign for scientific research to investigate health differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated children and identify those at risk for suffering vaccine injury.
Up until now, the fact that no one has ever bothered to do a study of the combined effects of vaccines speaks volumes. Indeed, one doesn't carelessly add components to an aircraft without determining if the plane will still fly. Passengers would be awfully upset if someone in seat 42A pressed the overhead light and the plane went into a deep dive.
But are more studies even necessary? The science is in. I agree with Jenny McCarthy's position that "[my son] is my science." Shouldn't this now be a matter of a criminal conspiracy? Racketeering? If the moms at the CDC know that 70 doses of 16 vaccines that doctors now give our children between the day of birth and age 18 is contributing to the unexplained chronic disease and disability epidemic that is harming far too many of our children, and that mass parents are relying on the schedule the CDC prints and are suffering serious damage, isn't that fraud of some form?
To borrow a line from one of my favorite autism advocates, it's hard to imagine how more surreal it can become.
Jennifer Keefe is a trial lawyer for a national law firm, multi year Texas Monthly Rising Star lawyer as nominated by her peers, co-founder of the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy, leader of Warrior Parents of Dallas, and most importantly, mother of a 7 year old son well on his road to recovery from an autism spectrum disorder.