By Anne Dachel
Today's big news is the latest CDC study AGAIN showing that vaccines don't cause autism. It's perfectly timed to remind everyone that while there'll be lots of stories about autism during April, there's no need to worry about vaccinating your child. (And with the coverage it's getting maybe the name should be changed to "April--Vaccines Don't Cause Autism Month.")
Of course there'll also be no demand for answers and the press will AGAIN remind us that there's no known cause or cure for autism.
I don't think this latest study will be more than a ripple in the autism discussion, however. It's not going to matter. It's happened so many times before. The autism community will keep on talking about vaccines and regression and sick kids. The other side will continue to pretend that autism's not so bad and kids have always been like this. They'll produce more and more dead end studies linking autism to bad genes, bad moms who were overweight, smoking and drinking while pregnant, and living too close to a freeway.
In the midst of the THEY SAID...WE SAID battle, the public will be increasingly frightened of the disorder they see everywhere and that no official can reasonably explain. They want answers. They want to make sure it won't happen to their child. That's where mainstream medicine and our health officials fail us the most. That's why parents are listening to us and they're challenging the one-size-fits-all vaccine program big time and that's only going to get worse. Good luck trying to sell yet another study.
Here are the major sites that I've found so far. I've posted the comments on the stories--except for CBS. They rejected my comments and I'm blocked from posting.
The TIME story is interesting. The lead sentence is stunning: "Infants now receive dozens of shots at a time, but the latest study says that does not increase their risk of developing autism."
Dozens at one time? The arsenal they currently get is bad enough, but it's clearly not troubling to this TIME reporter if they receive DOZENS AT ONCE. What could be a better example of the apathy of the press? One in every 50 children with autism isn't a concern either, according to endless stories currently in the news.
I posted comments on the stories pointing out that this is yet another study from the agency that runs the vaccine program and it comes as no surprise. It masks the real controversy and covers up the truth.
I put up links to the CBS News story about Hannah Poling from 2010: Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20015982-10391695.html
I pointed out that the government has been compensating vaccine injuries that included autism for years.
I called for a simple study comparing fully vaccinated children with never vaccinated ones. With so many parents now too afraid to vaccinate, the study group is out there and I asked why the CDC doesn't demand this research..
Most of all, I stressed the scary truth is that autism is an epidemic. It strikes one in every 50 children and one in every 31 boys, and there's nothing a mainstream doctor can tell a new mom so that her baby that was born healthy and is developing normally doesn't also end up on the autism spectrum by age two.
Too many parents describe regression following vaccination. More and more parents are too afraid to vaccinate according to the ever-expanding childhood schedule. Another worthless study comparing vaccinated kids with vaccinated kids is proof of nothing. Would we trust a study from Philip Morris comparing smokers with smokers?
I included the website for The Greater Good (See trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulmEGbwQsOU ) which explores the question of vaccine safety from both sides.
I said that here are over 200 studies that raise serious concerns about vaccine side effects. http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/learn-more/science/
As frustrating as it is to see coverage like this on major news sites, it's proof we are winning. It's a war of attrition however, and we're all in it till the final battle. We have to be.