By Anne Dachel
The current AP story by Mike Stobbe, Ugly US medical experiments uncovered, (HERE) was actually talked about last fall.
THIS version is being picked up all over.
Stobbe sounds outraged…. “Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital.
“Much of this horrific history is 40 to 80 years old, but it is the backdrop for a meeting in Washington this week by a presidential bioethics commission. The meeting was triggered by the government's apology last fall for federal doctors infecting prisoners and mental patients in Guatemala with syphilis 65 years ago.
“U.S. officials also acknowledged there had been dozens of similar experiments in the United States - studies that often involved making healthy people sick.
An exhaustive review by The Associated Press of medical journal reports and decades-old press clippings found more than 40 such studies. At best, these were a search for lifesaving treatments; at worst, some amounted to curiosity-satisfying experiments that hurt people but provided no useful results.
“Inevitably, they will be compared to the well-known Tuskegee syphilis study. In that episode, U.S. health officials tracked 600 black men in Alabama who already had syphilis but didn't give them adequate treatment even after penicillin became available.
“These studies were worse in at least one respect - they violated the concept of "first do no harm," a fundamental medical principle that stretches back centuries.
"When you give somebody a disease - even by the standards of their time - you really cross the key ethical norm of the profession," said Arthur Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics”.
This is what Stobbe said has been discovered:
Stobbe cites Dr. Arthur Caplan as backup. Caplan? I wrote about him in this regard last Oct.
(HERE) Furthermore, back in 2007, Mike Stobbe said autism only seemed to be increasing. (HERE) In 2008, Stobbe wrote US Measles Cases Highest In A Decade Due To Vaccination Fears (HERE) .
There he reported, ...The Academy of Pediatrics has made educating parents about the safety of vaccines one of its top priorities this year. That's partly because busy doctors have grown frustrated by the amount of time they're spending answering parents' questions about things they read on the Internet or heard from TV talk shows.
...Questions commonly center on autism and the fear that it can be caused by the measles shots or by a mercury-based preservative that used to be in most vaccines. Health officials say there is no good scientific proof either is a cause. Also, since 2001, the preservative has been removed from shots recommended for young children, and it was never in the measles-mumps-rubella combination vaccine. It can still be found in some flu shots.
[Ari] Brown said she wrote a 16-page, single-spaced document for parents that explains childhood vaccinations and why doctors do not believe they cause autism. She began handing it out this spring, and thinks it's been a help to parents and a time-saver for her.
(This is the same Dr. Ari Brown who was just on Dr. Oz, still defending vaccines against a charge that they cause autism.)
Mike Stobbe is incredible. He stands up for medical ethics in regard to PAST ACTIONS BY OUR GOVERNMENT, but there's no concern about WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT BEFORE HIS EYES….
Why isn’t Stobbe writing things like this…
“Shocking as it may seem,” U.S. health officials have allowed deadly, untested mercury to be used in vaccines given to pregnant women, babies and small children.
“Shocking as it may seem,” there was a secret meeting of U.S. officials and drug company reps at Simpsonwood in GA in 2000 to discuss the alarming increase in autism that coincided with the additional number of mercury-containing vaccines in the childhood schedule.
“Shocking as it may seem,” U.S. health officials closed their eyes to the exponential increase in autism during the last 20 years and pretended it was all just better diagnosing.
“Shocking as it may seem,” Julie Gerberding, former head of the CDC and a long time denier of any link between vaccines and autism, is now head of the vaccine division at Merck Pharma.
“Shocking as it may seem,” no health official has ever called an autism rate of one percent of U.S. children, a crisis.
“Shocking as it may seem,” no official has ever asked for a simple study comparing the autism rate in vaccinated and unvaccinated children.
All of these are the “ugly” side of medical experimentation and official denial.
Stobbe is so sure vaccines don't cause autism. He sees no need to look into this controversy.
Either Stobbe is a naïve and trusting soul and can't consider that the same government that allowed horrific medical experiments in the past also allowed our children to become vaccine guinea pigs, or he’s afraid of an issue that’s just too controversial to talk about here and now. It’s much safer to attack what went on in the last century.
Maybe 70 years from now, some enterprising reporter will bring up the ethics of injecting known neurotoxins in pregnant women, babies, and small children.
Maybe around 2080, they'll ask why no one ever demanded independent studies on the cumulative effect of so many vaccines, so soon, on the health of a baby. Or why there was never a simple vax-nonvax comparison study looking at autism rates.
Maybe they'll bring up the revolving door between the vaccine makers and our health offiicials.
Maybe they'll ask why no one sounded an alarm over the epidemic of autism happening everywhere.
Maybe...maybe....if there's anything left by then..............
Anne Dachel is Media Editor of Age of Autism.