Frontline’s Producer Feeds the “Hungry Lie”
By J.B. Handley
The “hungry lie” on autism is both maddeningly simple and simply maddening and goes something like this: “It’s been asked and answered, vaccines don’t cause autism.”
As I’ve written about repeatedly, this is a huge lie, a critical lie, and a very “hungry” lie, because it constantly needs to be fed. Thanks to Frontline’s recent show, “the Vaccine War,” many more people will be confronted with this lie and have to sort through the rhetoric to figure out what is actually true.
Jon Palferman, who produced Frontline’s “The Vaccine War,” is different from many of the other feeders of the hungry lie in one important way: he spent nearly 2 hours sitting in my office debating and learning more about this very topic. I am certain that he fully and completely understands that only a single vaccine on the US vaccine schedule has actually been studied for its relationship to autism. I’m also certain he realizes many public health officials make bold and untrue statements all the time to reassure the public that “vaccines” have been studied and rendered “safe.”
To me, this makes Mr. Palferman’s recent public comment all the more unconscionable. On Frontline’s website, as a response to Dr. Jay Gordon’s searing critique of Frontline’s decision to not air any of Dr. Gordon’s taped interview, Mr. Palferman issued the following statement:
“Many thanks for your feedback on the program. FRONTLINE went to considerable lengths to include a wide range of viewpoints, even in the face of very strong scientific evidence against the hypothesized autism link to MMR and thimerosal. Despite the consistent negative epidemiology and the definitive verdict of the federal vaccine court, we included views from people who wanted more and different studies. The program also gave a great deal of time to the arguments of vaccine hesitant parents who think the CDC schedule is bloated. The companion FRONTLINE website contains full interviews with different stakeholders, including Dr Robert Sears, who promotes an alternative spread out vaccine schedule. The website also hosts a robust public conversation where a full range of viewpoints are being aired and engaged.”
Let me repeat for you the part of Mr. Palferman’s statement that shows he did spend 2 hours with me, but wanted to defend his position anyway:
“the hypothesized autism link to MMR and thimerosal”
You see, Mr. Palferman fully gets that no one has shown “vaccines don’t cause autism,” because I personally hammered home the point to him until he finally got it. So, he’s smart enough not to fully repeat the simple hungry lie that “vaccines” have been studied and at least tells the truth that ONLY thimerosal and the MMR have been looked at.
But, Mr. Palferman is still feeding the hungry lie through his statement, because he’s implying that somehow the meager amount of science on 2 of 36 shots our kids are given somehow implies that the position of our community is resting on shaky ground. And, he’s well aware that mainstream voices will support his statement, because they are all heavily invested in the same hungry lie. It’s a simple way for him to get out of the middle of the firing line.
The hungry lie is so obvious to me, I struggle sometimes to see why it’s constantly repeated without anyone getting called out for saying it. Am I not communicating this clearly enough? Is there a better way to explain it?
In Jenny McCarthy’s recent HuffPo editorial criticizing Frontline, there is a trail of comments that approaches the hungry lie in a different way that makes the point with even more detail--perhaps reviewing it will highlight the issue.
Here's first 12 months of vaccines for American children:
Birth: Hep B
2 months: Hep B, Rotavirus, DTaP, Hib, PCV, IPV
4 months: Rotavirus, DTaP, Hib, PCV, IPV
6 months: Hep B, Rotavirus, DTaP, Hib, PCV, IPV, Flu
12 months: MMR, Hib, PCV, Varicella, Hep A, Hep B
For all you scientists out there, how many of these shots have been studied for relationship to autism? One. So, here's the schedule in first 12 months of shots kids get that HAVE NOT been studied. Are you still a scientist?
Birth: Hep B
2 months: Hep B, Rotavirus, DTaP, Hib, PCV, IPV
4 months: Rotavirus, DTaP, Hib, PCV, IPV
6 months: Hep B, Rotavirus, DTaP, Hib, PCV, IPV, Flu
12 months: Hib, PCV, Varicella, Hep A, Hep B
I thought this was great. As you can see, MMR was pulled from the second list, leaving 24 vaccines by 12 months of age that have NOT been looked at for their relationship to autism. How does an honest scientist argue with this point?
Well, the appropriately named “Mikerattlesnake” gave it his best shot:
“yes, the ONE that anti-vaxers were clammoring for to be tested ad nauseum, by the way. When a link failed to emerge, when none of the data pointed to a link beyond a simple correlation, when the proponents of the link were shown to be frauds, etc, etc, etc, it probably lost a bit of priority. Money should be spent on studies that show some promise. This link shows no promise.”
This “link” shows no promise? We have tens of thousands of case reports of declines after vaccine appointments, absolutely no science that remotely reflects the experience of our kids, but the link shows no promise? So far, that’s about the only argument I’ve heard that tries to defend studying only one of the first 25 vaccines our kids get. Most just try to avoid the question, because it’s so indefensible.
SinaporeAutismDad then asks a more clear-headed commentor named Schwartzz the following:
“Schwartzz: You make a lot of sense. Perhaps comment on why so few shots have been studied? Why do they give 20 shots in the first year of life, only study one, and say "case closed"? Is this American science, or Big Pharma science? I don't understand it.”
“It's quite simple: Because they don't need to study them. Why would any corporation spend money on something that in the best case maintains the status quo and in the worst case costs them a fortune?
What you have is purely a product of the system that is setup to regulate medicine. It isn't a conspiracy at all. It is the natural outcome of a flawed system.”
I couldn’t have said it any better myself.
A strange thing happened at my son's 4 yr. "well visit" with the Dr. Usually the "shots" are lined up like darts on the examining table, but not this day. She didn't even mention vaccines until the very end. I told her, "No shots-ever" I stated that nobody has explained regression to me and I am still learning about the dangers of vaccines. She didn't argue with me (surprisingly) but she did mention that he is all set on the hepatitis. (I guess just in case he was going to share dirty drug needles or have unprotected sex at age 4) It's so ridiculous.
Posted by: Sherry | May 06, 2010 at 04:06 PM
New bumper sticker...
VACCINES = WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction)
Sponsored by our Federal Government
Michael A. Chernoff, for Alexander and So Many Others
Posted by: Michael A. Chernoff | May 06, 2010 at 10:55 AM
Where ever you find "The Hungry Lie" Paul Offit or one of his parrots are close by.
Posted by: michael framson | May 05, 2010 at 02:13 AM
To my last post I wanted to add a little something from the Jim Hightower archives regarding thimerosol and Eli Lilly.
Posted by: Nora | May 04, 2010 at 11:57 PM
I wrote a letter to Jim Hightower after watching him on the last episode of Bill Moyer's Journal. I voiced my concerns about the "The Vaccine War" and I got a brief response as follows; (This response came within a couple of hours on Sunday!)
firstname.lastname@example.org to me
show details May 2 (2 days ago)
Thanks for your suggestion! We'll take a look and consider posting it!
I was thinking that maybe if a few people would follow up with their concerns about the dismissal of three doctors offering opposing viewpoints maybe we might involve Mr. Hightower. Wouldn't that be something?
Posted by: Nora | May 04, 2010 at 11:47 PM
Thanks, JenB and David Burd
for sending the YouTubes of Gary Null my way.
He is a lion, with a terrible roar!
2 cents for xanax. Husband has been taking that for panic attacks for the past 20 years every since a reaction to a tetanus, shot - his second reaction by the way. The xanax cost us way more than that!
Posted by: Benedetta | May 04, 2010 at 11:46 PM
Vaccines are the true weapons of mass destruction for NWO. Less people, less problems....
Posted by: bjgosborn | May 04, 2010 at 09:52 PM
It has already been irrefutably proven by Dr.Andrew Moulden that all vaccines (including snakebites) cause hyperstimulation of the body's immune system which then cuts off oxygenated blood to the body's brain and organs which causes strokes, ischemia (dead areas)and is the cause of SIDS etc.!
Dr. Moulden was told by the medical mafia to "stuff it"! It's a multi-billon dollar industry with every ingredient in a vaccine having a patent!
Dr. Moulden has twentyfour MASS measurements of a persons face. Twelve of those measurements can be seen by learning what to look for. It's all about visible strokes in babys, children and adults faces that once you've learned what to look for you can see that it has happened to most everyone!
The strokes to our organs and brain are silent, immediate and latent. They occur at the one millionth micron level and cannot be seen with a CT Scan or otherwise the usual methods. Dr. Moulden explains that Autism has Spectums because it's really all just strokes to the brain. He has a method of bringing some injured people back from this oxygen deprivation condition. Besides oxygen hyperbarics there are other therepies he explains.
Besides the talk about the poisonous ingredients in All Vaccines; This is an AH! HAH! explaination that has been available since the year 2000!
Posted by: Kathleen Quintana | May 04, 2010 at 07:06 PM
The video you linked has been removed. I believe this is part one (of three), of the same address:
Dr. Null does not mince words.
Posted by: JenB | May 04, 2010 at 06:15 PM
Sorry, Folks, my prior contribution with its Gary Null YouTube http address is now unavailable due to legal reasons.
HOWEVER, what works is going to Youtube, and typing in: "Gary Null speaking out at the NYS Hearing"
It's the 10:00 minute segment.
Please pull it up, and pass it on!
Posted by: david burd | May 04, 2010 at 06:07 PM
Thanks for bringing up Dr. Gary Null (correction from your typo of "Noll").
Here's a 10 minute Youtube testimony by Dr. Gary Null before the New York State Assembly Health Committee last October, 2009.
I promise everybody should listen to every second of it, as this was public testimony should be spread far and wide. It stems from the NY Governor's Order than NY nurses must get vaccinated for Swine Flu or be fired. There was quite a revolt, with Gary Null helping, and the Governor retracted his incredibly ignorant order.
Please, everybody, send this on to everybody you know!
I'm thinking JB and the AoA Staff has seen this, but here it is anyway. Thanks, JB
Posted by: david burd | May 04, 2010 at 05:38 PM
May I suggest a few select Einstein quotes, in response to the undertone of the Frontline melodrama:
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."
"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds."
"Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it."
"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."
Posted by: Randy | May 04, 2010 at 04:06 PM
"To describe mass vaccination as an example of evidence based medicine is a joke. Those who insist in calling the existing system "evidenced based" are dishonest, delusional or both."
Schwartz, I hope you don't mind if I use that quote on my blog. That is simply brilliant!
Posted by: Craig Willoughby | May 04, 2010 at 04:03 PM
For the record, I personally encouraged the producers of the show to interview Dr. Healy at least a half dozen times.
Posted by: JB Handley | May 04, 2010 at 03:42 PM
On Frontline Offit said something to the effect of "it's a perfectly plausible hypothesis" in regard to parents thinking their child's autism was caused by vaccines due to the timing. Wow, something we can agree on. If only the smug jerk would admit that the hypothesis has not been investigated!
Thank you JB for all that you do.
Posted by: 4Bobby | May 04, 2010 at 03:32 PM
P.S. Alison Singer was busy this morning. The two links have been disabled that I provided earlier showing evidence of Autism Science Foundation's announcement of her presentation at the National Immunization Conference with Paul Offit. Must be tough to look like an autism charity when you're working for pharma.
Posted by: Demand The Truth | May 04, 2010 at 03:29 PM
I went through a similar thing with our local school system when they sent out letters suggesting kids get their HPV vaccines, stating that they are safe. I wrote a letter copied it to the school board's attorney saying that they are opening themselves up for liability issues and law suits. I said that they could get away with stating that the vaccines are almost safe, mostly safe, somewhat safe, but they are NOT safe. I too never heard back but I did notice that the information was taken off of the website.
Posted by: bensmyson | May 04, 2010 at 02:53 PM
FRONTLINE's website recalls Edward R. Murrow's "See it Now" and "Harvest of Shame" as prime examples of journalistic inquiry.
In my opinion...Edward R. Murrow would turn over in his grave to find himself being compared to the producers and writers of FRONTLINE "The Vaccine War".
After all, history recalls Edward R. Murrow as a courageous, legendary "investigative journalist" and one thing is certain ... the writers and producers of FRONTLINE "The Vaccine War" .. need never worry they will be remembered for being "investigative journalists".
Posted by: Bob Moffitt | May 04, 2010 at 02:50 PM
You're right, AnaB. On the show, the narrator said something like, "Mainstream science speaks with one voice," while the camera showed the building of the National Institutes of Health." No mention was made of the former director of the NIH, Dr. Bernadine Healy, who does not speak with that same voice. So that was a total outright lie, and I'm sure they knew it.
Posted by: Kristina | May 04, 2010 at 02:43 PM
@bensmyson - Karen was put in the hot seat on Oprah a few years back (last summer or the summer of 2008. I almost felt bad for her. She was shot down time and again. The episode was dealing with folks who had major health problems that if not treated would ultimately lead to death and the refusal of insurance to cover them. It was one of the best episodes of Oprah that I've seen in her 20 years on TV.
@Robin - it is assult with a bodily fluid. Take a water squirt gun and verbally tell him that to avoid assult with bodily fluids you are imaging as you spray his face with water that you are spitting on his face. then politely empty the water gun and hand it to him and tell him to take it and have it tested to indeed confirm that the contents were only water. If you wanted to get really nasty you could put some red dye in it and tell him that he's got kids' blood on his hands and now his face :)
JB, thanks for continuing to report on the hungry lie... I honestly think they're starting to run out of food... As those lies continue to grow, they get hungrier and hungrier. I know how much my grorcery bill is for our family and the pantry and fridge get stocked, my kids are constantly starving and it doesn't take long for it all to be emptied into the bottomless pits that are their stomach's. We're getting tired of the same old food here. time for them to come up with a new snack or dinner recipe :)
They KNOW what they've done. We've all had it admitted to us in one form or another. As I've said and others have said for years... if they do anything different than what they're doing now, it will bankrupt our country, shatter the "healthcare system" and for profit insurance, and possibly have an impact on the global economy. Sad thing is that their constant feeding precludes them from realizing, is that with each passing year the ultimate consequences and implications of their lies become further and further reaching.
Posted by: Angela Warner | May 04, 2010 at 02:22 PM
The diverting resources argument also makes me laugh at the ignorance.
For any methodology to be considered evidence based you need to measure the outcomes and then alter your practices accordingly. That doesn't mean designing retrospective epidemiology studies to look at a single ill-defined outcome against a single vaccine or component. It means capturing data to analyze short and long term measures of health outcomes from a treatment that is mandated for the full population.
Clearly that has not been done.
They shouldn't be talking about any diversion of resources. There is a deficit of study that is demanded by the methodology they claim to espouse.
To describe mass vaccination as an example of evidence based medicine is a joke. Those who insist in calling the existing system "evidenced based" are dishonest, delusional or both.
Posted by: Schwartz | May 04, 2010 at 01:57 PM
JB, I applaud you for all the hard work you put into all that you do on our community's behalf. I'm proud to have you on our side.
I have a question for everyone here. (Perhaps it has already been asked and if so, I apologize) Can we organize for a study comparing children who have been immunized vs. those who have not? How much would such a study cost? I would be happy to contribute to such a cause. I just want to finally have a simple study like this that we can point to. Surely there would be no arguments once this type of study is conducted? Please point me in the right direction if anyone is already attempting such a fundraiser. Generation Rescue maybe? Could Age of Autism set this up? I hope my question is not too naive, but I am just so tired of all this fighting!
My son was neurotypical until he was about 5 years old. Due to a mild asthma condition (Reactive Airway Disease), I was urged to give him flu shots. His toxic load bucket finally tipped. I used to believe the propaganda surrounding the vaccines which is why he is fully vaccinated (and beyond). In fact, I just realized that he had one extra HepB vaccine in the hospital that was never put on his records (nor were we ever asked or told about it), so he still got an additional shot for an STD!
I hope that such a study would make the public (especially educators) more sympathetic to my son's behaviors and that they will realize that he is INJURED!!!!! He gets blamed A LOT and it's all part of this great big lie. It is also synonymous with the belief that people hold (as illustrated in Adriana Gamondes's recent AoA article) that somehow, we are worse or God doesn't love us as much or whatever other lie they tell themselves as the reason why WE have a genetic predisposition and THEY don't. What a bunch of b.s.!
So, I apologize for my rant, but can we PLEASE do something concrete? If anyone out there has an idea of how to truly go about this, I would really appreciate it.
Thank you so much.
Posted by: mom2Dan | May 04, 2010 at 12:50 PM
Everything the "bs epidemology"/ "Offit science" has shown, and what the CDC & media has done the past 15 years shows little but organized fraud, hype and corruption.
The turning point I believe was at Simpsonwood, ten years ago this June, when the CDC decided to join the "dark side."
We all need to meet there in a few weeks.
Pehaps the event will be covered properly this time.
Posted by: cmo | May 04, 2010 at 12:44 PM
This idea that they have -- that they can somehow let themselves off the hook by claiming that they've made balanced information available on the internet – is obscene. The whole point of a program like Frontline, broadcast on the television, is that it reaches people who aren't actively searching for information. It is aimed at those who are only mildly interested, and who are sitting down at the end of a long day intent on doing nothing but being fed. How anyone can view the stuff that's being broadcast these days via this media as anything more than propaganda is beyond me.
Mr. Palferman's assertion that making balanced information available on a companion website is the same as presenting viewers with balanced information during the program's broadcast is similar to what was done a few years ago by Alison Singer in the Wall Street Journal. On the front page of the newspaper, she was quoted as saying (I'm parapharasing), that the only thing parents of children with autism do wrong is have bad genes. Later on, buried on the Autism Speaks website where it appeared for a few days, she back peddled a bit from that statement, and said more or less that environment could be a factor. The correction was gone within a week, and the only people who ever would have seen it already knew this.
I spoke recently with my public school's superintendent about this issue. On the phone he made it clear that he felt that a deision about whether or not to vaccinate should be made by parents, with freely available information. Well that all sounds well and good and reasonable, doesn't it? The same words that I heard from the school's District Health Coordinator. But what neither of them bothered to tell me was that in the soon to be published and sent out school news bulletin, in prominent bold black print on the back of the bulletin, these words were going to appear:
STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED REQUIRED VACCINATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL.
The words weren't in caps, but they WERE in bold typeface.
Two and a have weeks ago I sent an email to the superintendent, explaining that the information that the school had chosen to present to parents was completely biased, and that it could very well and probably would result in students being harmed who otherwise would not. I told him that I felt it was encumbent on the school district, in the name of fairness, to present both sides of this and tell parents that vaccines were not a prerequisite for students to attend school, as exemptions are available. The same words to the Health Coordinator were met with a terse “I don't want to be having this conversation with you, Mrs. Nemeth. I've spoken with the superintendent and a police officer, and I've said what I'm required to say.” The school superintendent, who I contacted two and a half weeks ago asking him what he intends to do about this matter, apparently does not feel that he needs to respond to me in any way shape or form as I've not heard back from him yet.
My better half says I should send another email. I will probably send one more, but if I don't hear back from him after that I intend to let him know, should I ever see him in person again, how grateful I am for all he's done. I will do that by spitting in his face. My better half says I'd better not as that is a form of assault. I don't agree – I see it as insult. Assault is when you take a baseball bat to a person's head.
As far as I am concerned, silence is consent. Each and every person who makes excuses for this vaccine program is complicit in genocide. So are those who chose to look the other way because they understand what the truth is.
Posted by: Robin Nemeth | May 04, 2010 at 12:07 PM
A note of interest
There was never any doubt in my mind that once PBS was moved by the Republicans to corporate sponsorship instead of full public funding, their content would inevitably grow to reflect the viewpoints of the people who wrote the checks.
It seems that insurance company investments are paying off in the healthcare debate. While this Frontline piece does address corporate abuses of their clients, the journalist who worked on it says it was altered to reflect insurance company interests, according to Russell Mokhiber, editor of Corporate Crime Reporter:
Last year, former Washington Post reporter T.R. Reid made a great documentary for the PBS show Frontline titled "Sick Around the World."
Reid traveled to five countries that deliver health care for all – UK, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan – to learn about how they do it.
Reid found that the one thing these five countries had in common – none allowed for-profit health insurance companies to sell basic medical coverage.
Frontline then said to Reid – okay, we want you to go around the United States and make a companion documentary titled "Sick Around America."
So, Reid traveled around America, interviewing patients, doctors, and health insurance executives.
The documentary that resulted – "Sick Around America" – aired Monday night on PBS.
But even though Reid did the reporting for the film, he was cut out of the film when it aired this week.
And the film didn't present Reid's bottom line for health care reform – don't let health insurance companies profit from selling basic health insurance.
They can sell for-profit insurance for extras – breast enlargements, botox, hair transplants.
But not for the basic health needs of the American people.
Instead, the film that aired Monday pushed the view that Americans be required to purchase health insurance from for-profit companies.
And the film had a deceptive segment that totally got wrong the lesson of Reid's previous documentary – Sick Around the World.
During that segment, about halfway through Sick Around America, the moderator introduces Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans, the lead health insurance lobby in the United States.
Moderator: Other developed countries guarantee coverage for everyone. We asked Karen Ignagni why it can't work here.
Karen Ignagni: Well, it would work if we did what other countries do, which is have a mandate that everybody participate. And if everybody is in, it's quite reasonable to ask our industry to do guarantee issue, to get everybody in. So, the answer to your question is we can, and the public here will have to agree to do what the public in other countries have done, which is a consensus that everybody should be in.
Moderator: That's what other developed countries do. They make insurers cover everyone, and they make all citizens buy insurance. And the poor are subsidized.
But the hard reality, as presented by Reid in Sick Around the World, is quite different than Ignagni and the moderator claim.
Other countries do not require citizens buy health insurance from for-profit health insurance companies – the kind that Karen Ignagni represents.
In some countries like Germany and Japan, citizens are required to buy health insurance, but from non-profit, heavily regulated insurance companies.
And other countries, like the UK and Canada, don't require citizens to buy insurance. Instead, citizens are covered as a birthright – by a single government payer in Canada, or by a national health system in the UK.
The producers of the Frontline piece had a point of view – they wanted to keep the for-profit health insurance companies in the game.
TR Reid wants them out.
“We spent months shooting that film,” Reid explains. “I was the correspondent. We did our last interview on January 6. The producers went to Boston and made the documentary. About late February I saw it for the first time. And I told them I disagreed with it. They listened to me, but they didn't want to change it.”
Should anyone wish to call or email the writer/director/producer of Vaccine Wars
308 Allen Hall
1275 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 346-4782
Posted by: bensmyson | May 04, 2010 at 12:03 PM
Thank you JB for all your advocacy!!
Even though it's a great point worth hammering home that only the MMR and thimerosal have been studied in relation to autism, I would not want any reader to get the impression that MMR & thimerosal have been fully studied. There have been a few flawed epidemiololgical studies as JB described so well at:
As Mark Twain said, "there are lies, damn lies, and statistics". Epidemiological studies are notoriously subject to manipulation to reach the outcomes desired by those who fund the studies. Recent events surrounding head researcher Poul Thorsen have cast even more doubt on these studies.
In addition, autism is multifactorial, and if some kids are reacting to MMR, some to vaccines with thimerosal, some to other vaccines or the overall combined schedule, some to environmental toxins such as mercury, and maybe even a few with some purely genetic form of autism, it can be very hard for epi studies to tease out these multiple causes.
And the epi studies have compared vaccinated kids with other vaccinated kids - no studies comparing longterm health issues in vaxed vs. unvaxed.
Our government has not studied the injured children themselves. This is a huge deficiency in our vaccine program. David Kirby discussed some of the evidence of harm by the MMR here:
Thimerosal was grandfathered in because it existed before the FDA was formed. It was never subjected to extensive safety testing. According to David Kirby's book Evidence of Harm, it was tested on dogs back in the 1930's, who became ill so it was not found suitable for veterinary vaccines. It was also tested at that time on a group of terminally ill people who died as expected. Around 1999 someone noticed that while more and more thimerosal-containing vaccines were being added to the schedule nobody had been paying attention to the total amount of mercury exposure. Like, duh.
Having heard so many heartrending stories about children who regressed after the MMR, often with severe GI issues, and the stories of children who have tested mercury toxic after receiving multiple shots containing thimerosal and subsequently got much better (sometimes even recovering from autism) with chelation, I hate to hear so many news stories declaring that research has proven that MMR and thimerosal don't cause autism.
Tanners Dad, I agree -- the "diverting resources" argument drives me crazy!! As if so much resources has been spent on vaccines and environmental toxins, whereas in reality for years the lion's share of resources (millions of dollars, maybe even billions) has gone towards research on genes and brain -- with very little in the way of results. We are still told that autism is a "mystery" with "no known cause" and "no known cure" -- and that's NOT because the ignored and abandoned vaccine injured have been diverting resources!
Posted by: Twyla | May 04, 2010 at 11:48 AM
When are we going to get a TRUE documentary? I thaught Gary Noll's Vaccine Nation was spot on. But, we need more of that.. more, more, more!
Fight fire with fire...but when we "edit" we must be clearly fair and spell it out simply in typical American sound bite form.
Posted by: momofavaccineinjuredchild | May 04, 2010 at 11:02 AM
There’s something to be said about liars; liars lie in so many ways and for so many reasons. Liars lurk in business, in marriages, in friendships, in life, to hurt; whether innocently, stupidly or maliciously. However, lying by omission is in a completely different league. This form of lying takes on a life of its own. Firstly, what is lying by omission?
One lies by omission by omitting an important fact, deliberately leaving another person with a misconception. Lying by omission includes failures to correct pre-existing misconceptions. (Wikipedia).
Going through life lying in this fashion, can be useful to many people. It allows them an escape from the truth. But these people run their lives in permanent deception, trying to manage and control each and every lie. They omit the truth in good part, because they know it’s either plain wrong or they simply don’t have the strength of character to face reality. To conduct yourself in this manner requires a full time commitment, and is simply too difficult. They must be exhausted?
I suspect, these people really don't sleep well at night either, and dread going to work everyday, pontificating their lies, which suddenly and miracuously, become partly true in their own minds, or feigned truth.
Joining the bandwagon of vaccines are safe crowd can do such things to you. You have to be on constant watch for those infiltrating warrior moms and dads, who's lives to them are as distant as one can get. God help them if they ever knew personally a child with autism, and the pain and anguish they ACTUALLY go through, and their parents? I never wish autism on anyone, but if I had my druthers, I wish they had our situations first hand. I don't think that is a wish either, it's almost a certainty.
We all want our children to be safe from diseases that harm them. But unfortunately, they have amassed so much harm on our kids, diseased traded for innocuous rite of passage one week febrile illnesses, lying is way easier than the truth they have seen or heard of in our community. If science pricks the heart, they may have a leaky heart. But what is science nowadays? Bought and paid for, make sure the outcome is this way, and ghostwriting?
God help them to get themselves on the straight and narrow path, I won't hold my breathe...but pray it will happen. Truth be told, the coporate masses want no part in telling you something is unsafe, or their perception of piety/idolism may be diminished. They may actually have to do a confession of major proportions, with payout to settle their damaged reputations (think ciggarettes). Hell might freeze over before that happens. The powers that be want control over YOU, and your personal medical freedoms, this is their way of controlling YOU to submit. For some reason, I feel like I am living in an episode of the BORG on Star Trek. Do we all have to think alike? Is there no power in an individual thinking differently anymore? Just say no?
Posted by: kathy blanco | May 04, 2010 at 11:01 AM
I contacted Mr. Palferman by e-mail. I informed him that I was employed as a chemist at a big ten university , have analyzed over a thousand different items for mercury content, have close to 27 years of experience, told him that of all the things I've tested nothing has ever come close to containing the amount of mercury found in multi-dose vaccine vials and informed him that ethylmercury is arguably more toxic than all other forms (except di-methylmercury). He didn't even respond.
Folks, for me this has always been my worst nightmare on how someone could intentionally injure the mass's. Problem is, after 10 years I've yet to wake up from this nightmare.
Posted by: MW | May 04, 2010 at 09:58 AM
JB, please come to Chicago for A1! I've wanted you in front of FAIR's camera for a loooong time now! :-)
Posted by: Erik Nanstiel | May 04, 2010 at 09:54 AM
You were EXCELLENT on Frontline! I was cheering very point you made.
It was just unfortunate that the program was edited to pit you and Jenny against The Science! The deliberate exclusion of Sears, Gordon and Buttar made the the program appear so ridiculous and biased.
I timed program portions. Paul Offit, neither a parent, nor autism expert was given more screen time than anyone. Frontline failed to ask about his vaccine related income only saying he was "rich." What does that mean? And what is his role w/in the AAP? They allowed no doctors to counter his arguments.
It was such a sloppy show.
Posted by: Katie Wright | May 04, 2010 at 09:45 AM
Speaking of feeding the hungry lie, Alison Singer is probably being compensated very well for her efforts on behalf of pharma. Why would she give up a great salary at Autism Speaks to work for free for the "Autism Science Foundation?"
But she was careless recently when she advertised her duties to pharma on the nonprofit's website.
Up until a few days ago, the item below was posted on Autism Science Foundation's website under "Past Events," and now... POOF!...it's gone.
National Immunization Conference
April 19-22, 2010
Hyatt Regency, Atlanta GA
Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
This conference will explore innovative strategies for developing programs, policy, and research to promote immunization coverage for all age groups. Special attention will be paid to improving communication with parents who continue to express concern about vaccines causing autism, despite clear evidence to the contrary. ASF President Alison Singer and ASF Board Member Dr. Paul Offit are both participating as presenters at this conference. Click here for more information.
The "click here" linked here:
The wording of the following two google links prove the post once existed on ASF:
(scroll down to "Get Involved - Autism Science Foundation)
Perhaps Singer removed the event listing after realizing the nonprofit status of ASF was in jeopardy if the president of the organization is known to be traveling around the country on pharma business. Or are we meant to believe this is volunteer work and that her efforts on behalf of the $29 billion global vaccine industry are purely philanthropic?
Are we honestly supposed to think she's not being compensated by pharma for leaving her children - one who has classic autism - to teach physicians at a CDC conference how to push vaccines on resistant parents?
Time for CBS' Sharyl Attkisson to do another expose on the vaccine industry's propaganda efforts. CBS informed its viewers that pharma dollars are funding the American Association of Pediatrics. Now, Attkisson needs to focus on pharma front groups on the internet such as ASF.
As for PBS, it should go by GBS: the Government's Broadcasting Service.
Posted by: Demand The Truth | May 04, 2010 at 09:30 AM
Well said JB. Thanks for your leadership on this. We can be heard. It shouldn't be this hard though.
Posted by: Shine the light | May 04, 2010 at 09:05 AM
Thanks JB. For giving us a voice... we love you for it. Well shit.. how frustrating....
Posted by: casey | May 04, 2010 at 08:38 AM
JB, you are an inspiration to all of us. I can't thank you enough for speaking up for all of us who feel the same way about this autism tragedy. Frontline can keep on feeding the hungry lie, but most parents are smarter than that. ABC News reported today on a study that more parents today are refusing or delaying vaccinations compared to 2003.
Posted by: Autism is an epidemic | May 04, 2010 at 08:07 AM
J.B What about this continuing Diverting resources argument? That one frustrates me as much as the hungry lie.
I think the moral of this tale is to call them out... We must stand our ground because our foundation is solid as a rock.
Their foundation is based on a system that is designed at this point only to make money... Yes I said it...Many of the vaccines could be stopped in the United States & we would NEVER in our lives see the diseases come back.
Posted by: Tanners Dad | May 04, 2010 at 08:02 AM
Well said. And how many people do you suppose are going to go to their website and read what they neglected to show on TV? Maybe a handfull, if that.
How insulting this must have been to all of you who gave so much to the interviewers.
Well, ONWARD TO CHICAGO!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Maurine Meleck | May 04, 2010 at 08:01 AM
Frontline reps keeps saying "we told both sides, we let parents voice their concerns". What they don't get, or they do, is that - yes, they let parents voice their concerns, but, by not including interviews with doctors that share our concerns (like Jay Gordon, Dr. Sears...and where was Dr. Healy?)they tried deliberately set it up to appear that this is a bunch of irrational parents against the full weight of the medical and scientific community. You can't tell me they aren't aware of all the interviews Dr. Bernadine Healy, Former head of the National Institute of Health, has done that say the since isn't fully in and more targeted studies. No, they know, but that but they couldn't give the impression that there might be anyone in the medical community that gives validity to our concerns.
I've never expected the media to TAKE our side, just to tell it - in it's totality. They still refuse.
Posted by: AnaB | May 04, 2010 at 07:48 AM
JB, Excellent points per usual. My sister has been a pediatric professional for many years in your Portland area; I've suggested she give you a call but her orthodox medical indoctrination makes it hard for her to believe much of her training was/is a stupendous lie.
If I might, you mention "25 vaccines" our kids get by 18 months, but more horrifyingly, it actually is 38 vaccines when flu shots are added.
This comes from 27 separate syringe injections, some having triple-combination vaccines (even more toxic when combined in my view), and when including 2 flu shots.
And, these 38 vaccines have hundreds of other toxic ingredients such as adjuvants like aluminum hydroxide, and worse, etc.
On top of all this, parents or pediatricians can accelerate the second Triple-MMR and Varicella injections, resulting in 42 vaccines by 18 months!
Keep it up JB, you've got millions of people on your side.
Posted by: david burd | May 04, 2010 at 07:35 AM