"It is a leech upon the autism community, sucking resources and walk-a-thon energy away from cash-strapped families struggling to cope. If there was any value in its "awareness" campaign, it has been achieved; AS has no apparent further reason for being."
By Dan Olmsted
It's been quite a while now since I went on record saying that the best thing Autism Speaks could do for the autism community was to disband, so I can't really pretend to be surprised by anything they do.
Still, you have to draw a deep sharp breath when this is the statement from Geri Dawson, chief scientist, following last week's IOM whitewash of vaccine safety problems: "The IOM report is consistent with Autism Speaks’ policy statement on vaccines. Given the present state of the science, the proven benefits of vaccinating a child to protect them against serious diseases outweigh the hypothesized risk that vaccinations might cause autism."
This blanket endorsement of the current vaccine program is completely irresponsible. Why? For three reasons.
One, as I wrote right after the IOM report, vaccines do cause autism. Yes, the MMR causes autism. Yes, vaccine mercury causes autism. Yes, multiple vaccines too soon and too close together cause autism. They are the main driver of the autism epidemic. Dawson ought to take a long weekend and read followingvaccinations.com in which more than 900 parents stand up, by name, and describe what happened to their children.
Second, this link is more than merely hypothesized. There's Hannah Poling, Bailey Banks, the 83 children in the Unanswered Questions report. There's the Stony Brook study that shows three times as many boys who are vaccinated with the mercury-containing Hep B at birth develop autism than those who are not. There's the whole history of vaccination, and particularly the use of mercury, that tracks with the rise of autism and other awful conditions. (See our book, "The Age of Autism -- Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Epidemic"). There's Andy Wakefield's brave work, which of course Autism Speaks is too cowardly to get anywhere near, and all the subsequent research that confirms it.
Actually, given the "present state of the science," a group like AS should be counseling caution, condemning idiot vaccines like Hep B and chickenpox, and criticizing the mad growth of vaccine mandates. The present pathetic state of the science is partly Autism Speaks' fault as it continues to pour money down the gene rat hole.
Third, Autism Speaks is The Man's favorite autism org, preaching treacle and hogging the spotlight while doing nothing useful and letting the epidemic roll on. It is a leech upon the autism community, sucking resources and walk-a-thon energy away from cash-strapped families struggling to cope. If there was any value in its "awareness" campaign, it has been achieved; AS has no apparent further reason for being. It's delaying progress, deflecting attention from the truth. It's job, like any other business (or malignancy), is to grow. As Boyd Haley said of another such entity, "Bureaucracies don't have a heart or a soul, but they do have a survival instinct." AS is in survival mode and it will swat down or swallow anyone or anything that threatens it.
Sickening, really. As a friend said, "I think it does show AS's true colors, and this should be pointed out so that at least people in our community are not confused about what AS really stands for."
Do us all a favor, Autism Speaks. Shut up, shut down and go away.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.