I've just spent several hours reading what I believe is one of the most important documents ever created about children's health. Just click on followingvaccinations.com and see for yourself.
The simple idea -- on September 18, 2010, Joan Campbell posted the following note to parents of autistic children: "I am compiling a list of children who were adversely affected by any vaccine. Please if you could say in about 4-6 sentences what that vaccine was, how they reacted, how they are today and what city the vaccine was administered."
To date, more than 900 responses have been received. The cumulative effect is simply devastating.
Over the past few months, as we all know, the medical establishment and the mainstream media have taken to calling the concern that vaccines can and do cause autism "discredited" -- a "myth" based on fraudulent science, Internet rumors, hysterical parents looking for something, anything -- someone, anyone -- to blame. These reports tell a very different story -- children vaccinated in good faith, on time and in full by caring parents who then watch, often within hours, the physical and mental collapse of their beloved baby.
in this case, the plural of anecdote is the truth. The truth that we're talking about is much more than autism here -- everything from sudden death to seizures, acute allergies to horrible gut problems, arthritis to ADD.
One thing that comes through loud and clear, time after time, is the degree to which most doctors are, at best, incompetent to address this issue. They do not recognize, or cannot admit, vaccine injury. Children who react badly to one vaccine react worse to the next, and the next, until finally they succumb. These doctors are not part of the solution.
While the MMR is the most frequently cited trigger, there are children who fall to the atrocious HepB shot on the day of birth. Or to a flu vaccine. Or the DPT or to God knows what combination of shots at 2 or 4 or 6 months, or a year, or 18 months. Some were sick at the time, others were victims of doctors who played "catch-up" or made a mistake and gave a shot too early, or two shots, or ignored or forgot parents' specific instructions. Being careful was too often not enough: Children went down even after the parents split up the MMR, or delayed, or skipped, or spaced out shots. Some were affected after the magic autism cutoff date of 36 months. Brain damage hasn't read the DSM-IV, apparently.
Reading this sends the unassailable message that the infant vaccination program is irretrievably broken and needs to start over with some sort of zero-based methodology predicated on safety first. And the people who caused it cannot be the people allowed to fix it. They've already "fixed" it.
The glib idea that autism and vaccination just happen to occur at the same time is shown to be ridiculous. Yes, regressive autism and vaccinations do occur around the same time -- because vaccinations cause regressive autism.
It's not just mercury. It's not just the MMR. And no one ever said it was. It's those things, yes, and the whole crazy out-of-control industry.
The list of people who need to read this is endless -- because everybody should read it. I cannot imagine a conscientious journalist coming away from it spouting the "widely discredited" line, although I suppose it will happen. But the most important audience is anyone forced to grapple with the vexed decision about vaccinating an infant or pregnant woman. That means prospective parents, new parents, parents of minor children, and anyone who cares about them.
These are not children with difficulties in communication, repetitive behavior, restricted interests and speech delay. They are grievously damaged. Some do get better and even get well, often through biomedical approaches these parents turn to in desperation and despite the disapproval of the same doctors who put them there. These children suffered, and many continue to suffer, the tortures of the damned -- today, in enlightened, family-friendly, compassionate 21st century America, England, Europe, Australia, Africa, India, and everywhere else.
Reading these accounts makes me so glad that there are growing efforts to spread the evidence and take back control of our health -- from the new Canary Party to the people who have risked careers and reputations an ridicule to tell the truth, from Jenny McCarthy to Andy Wakefield, to non-profits like Generation Rescue and TACA and SafeMinds and NAA and every single one of the parents listed here. I know some of them, and I also know that more of you will want to tell your stories there.
A final point -- these voices, without saying so, point up the obscenity of the current hand-wringing over measles. Good lord. Let's talk about measles, if we must, AFTER we stop destroying children's lives every single day.
I wasn't going to quote from any of the accounts, because it is their cumulative power that matters. But let me end simply with what is probably the shortest: "High temperature, high pitched scream and then silence."
These voices are silent no more.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.