By Anne Dachel
What a difference a day makes, or should I say, a news cycle makes. Suddenly, the media world is demonizing Dr. Andrew Wakefield. If it weren't for him, no one would link vaccines to autism. It's all his fault.
The most outstanding example is Dr. Manny Alvarez at Fox News, himself the father of an autistic child. I recently wrote about Alvarez in my Alisyn Camerota tribute. (HERE) In that story, Alvarez agreed that Hannah Poling "was severely autistic" and that we just don't know how many kids have the same predisposition to autism that she has. Suddenly, as the media launches an all out attack on Wakefield, Manny Alvarez has changed his story completely. Here's the latest by him from Fox News.
In a piece called, Stop Lying About the Autism-Vaccine 'Link', Alvarez claims that Hannah Poling is no longer "severely autistic," she merely has "a brain disorder with features similar of autism spectrum disorder." And instead of professing that it's true we just don't know how many kids are just like Hannah Poling, suddenly, her condition is "rare."
Alvarez can't tell us what causes autism but he calls the autism-vaccine link a lie. When experts from Health and Human Services compensated Hannah Poling, was that also a fraud? Why is it that vaccines are linked to autism in one lone federal court case, but whenever anyone else brings the subject up, they're lying?
I'd really like Dr. Alvarez to explain what's going on.
(BTW Dr. Alvarez, the autism is one in 110, not one in 150, as you reported.)