At Wednesday’s Mt. Sinai autism and environmental science conference the audience was subjected to an endless oration about the CDC’s “Learn the Signs” pr campaign as well as a vague discussion of “CDC/ stakeholder collaborations.” What either of these subjects had to do with environmental toxins is still unclear to me but then again I was woozy 45 minutes into the lecture.
How nice if it were true that the CDC has reached out to advocacy groups. However, I had no idea what Dr. Coleen Boyle was speaking about. CDC/ ASD family projects? Who? What? Where? When? If I had been allowed to ask questions we might have been able to learn something. But thanks to Dr. Phil Landrigan for barking “NO questions!” at me, we never got an answer.
Until now. Thank you Laurette Janak for attending a CDC “stakeholder” partnership program starring Ms. Alison Singer. (listen here) Ms. Singer as you may remember had to leave her position at Communications Director of Autism Speaks because she unable to represent the community of families. Ms. Singer has a daughter who evidenced signs of autism from babyhood. Her lovely daughter Jodie was born with a form of classic autism. Jodie never regressed, never had adverse vaccine reactions, and never developed encephalitis, febrile seizures, GI disease or chronic autoimmune dysfunction.
Ms. Singer has no medical training and, unlike many of us, has been fortunate not having spent weeks to months of our lives taking an ASD child to the emergency room for seizures, blocked bowels, endoscopes, IVIGs, muscle biopsies, EEGs….Ms. Singer has a healthy ASD child. She now runs a small advocacy group who membership information has not been made public. Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine patent holder and millionaire many times over thanks to his vaccine patents serves on her board and helps fund the organization. I do not believe this fact was disclosed at this CDC funded vaccine education workshop.
All of this, however mysterious, is perfectly fine with me. Many of us had extremely different experiences w/ autism. Some children seem to have a primarily genetic form of ASD, some distinctly environmentally triggered autism. No parents should be advocating to dismiss another’s child’s suffering. No parent should be telling doctors or the CDC that they know another child’s trajectory into autism better than their own parents. How arrogant. Isn’t that how we got into the “blame the parents for causing autism” mess in the first place?
Ms. Singer was not with me when I took my typically developing toddler for 7 vaccines and she wasn’t with me as he had febrile seizures that night and went stiff in my arms. She also wasn’t with me as he screamed all day and night. However, Ms. Singer and the CDC feel entitled to judge our families and mock our children’s experiences in taxpayer funded “vaccine education” seminars to medical professionals.
OK, so now we know what Dr. Coleen Boyle meant when she spoke about CDC/ “stakeholder” collaborations. In speaking to the audience Ms. Singer blames Jenny McCarthy, whose son had to be placed in a medically induced coma after almost dying from vaccine induced seizures, for “creating” public mistrust of our immunization program. Ms. Singer describes Ms. McCarthy as a non medical professional, which is strange because neither is Ms. Singer yet she is the one leading a Center for Disease Control workshop for medical professionals. Ms. Singer castigates “Oprah Winfrey” for allowing Ms. McCarthy to share her story. Ms. Singer denounces Larry King for allowing an open and honest discussion on vaccine safety. Ms. Singer faults Jim Carey for supporting Ms. McCarthy’s mission for more vaccine safety research. Ms. Singer alleges that parents like you and me are endangering the health of every American child by simply asking questions (that no one will answer) about our packed immunization schedule.
In short it is everyone else’s fault that the vast majority of American parents are concerned with vaccine safety. A bunch of stay at home, largely broke, Moms are involved in some kind of evil cabal with Oprah, Larry King, actors, and assorted members of the media, for fun I suppose? Our goal is, I am guessing, over turning the all national law and order?
Finally Ms. Singer and the CDC presented the audience with page after page of D- quality statistical vaccine safety research (paid for by vaccine companies and/ or vaccine patent holders) as irrevocable proof that this subject is closed for debate. Check out this sad and desperate research at 14studies.com
So now you know how the CDC is spending your taxpayer dollars for their “collaborations” with the ASD public.