By Katie Wright
That’s right! Last week Dr. Nancy held up a pie chart illustrating the groups of people are most concerned about vaccine safety. You have seen these pie charts before, especially in the context of crime. Usually this type of visual aid communicates public problems like what % of women have been victims of a violent crimes or the % of men have committed crimes or are in jail, and so forth. Nice stuff.
While pointing to her pie chart, Dr. Snyderman angrily directs the viewer to the high % of “educated but misinformed white Moms” who have concerns about vaccine safety. The gist of it we have been brainwashed by the internet and it is preposterous for us to question CDC safety standards. We have all heard Synderman’s rant before: these Moms are endangering children, Moms don’t know how to use the internet (appropriately!), health care workers (possibly married white Moms lurking in this category as well!) who refuse to get the swine flu vaccine are “selfish” and on and on.
Well, today I am admitting that Synderman has found us out. Yes, it IS a conspiracy! White college educated Moms of America are on a covert mission to ensure our vaccines are safe. We have secret gatherings at Banana Republic. Maybe you have seen us at Starbucks? We hold clandestine meetings at Whole Foods, because when we are not working on our evil plan to make vaccine safe we are buying organic food! Yes, Nancy it is all true! Our nefarious actions include reading and researching and using the internet (again, that dangerous tool!) to learn about vaccine safety issues. Dr. Nancy apparently believes on she and select members of the medical community can properly use the internet and we should visit only their pre-approved sites? Dangerous white married Moms can also be found at Staples, buying supplies for our child’s home program. In short, we have infiltrated all of America!
Ours is not the monolithic movement you portray. African American, Latina and Asian American Moms are leaders in our community. We are sisters in safety. Sorry Dr. Nancy, our diverse cultural experiences have only made us stronger. And, yes, guilty as charged, many of us have attended college! I know education is a bad thing in the hands of the wrong people, but too late! Moms who want safer vaccines are well educated and comprised of all races and ethnicities.
Dr. Synderman accuses us of endangering the public. We are the same group of pesky “hijacking the message” Moms who support child size airbags in the backseat of cars, lead free toys and the enforcement of clean air standards. There is no end to our anti-social activities! Yes, these moms are able to think critically and make safe choices for their kids. Unlike Dr. Nancy we are not endlessly plugging our own book; we have not worked for vaccine makers and do not earn speaking fees giving friendly lectures to vaccine companies. We also have no financial or professional investments at stake in maintaining the status quo or in preventing independent vaccine research. The only thing dangerous about these Moms is their advocacy for safe vaccines and complete vaccine safety transparency. Apparently that scares a lot of people.
Katie Wright has two young boys. Her oldest son, Christian, is severely affected by autism. He developed normally; smiling, talking, walking; only to lose every skill and every word by the age of 2 and a half. Upon the advice of medical professionals Katie and her husband were advised to pursue only high quality behavioral therapy, speech and OT for Christian. It had no meaningful impact on Christian until his parents sought help from DAN! doctors who treated the underlying causes of Christian's descent into autism. Christian has improved but still has far to go. He has Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the measles virus in his gut and an immune system akin to a late stage AIDS patient. Christian does not have a psychiatric disorder. Before autism, Katie Wright was the Clinical Director of Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Stamford Connecticut. Katie is proud to serve on the Boards of NAA and SafeMinds.