Here are two old hands at vaccine promotion, Dr. Arthur Caplan and Dr. Paul Offit, in a video interview called, "How to Deal With Vaccine-Refusing Parents." Caplan and Offit are shown discussing what to do about parents who don't vaccinate. It's time to get tough.
A lot of it is the same old, same old. We're told that there is "a mountain of evidence" that shows vaccines don't cause autism. Tens of millions of dollars have been spent on vaccine research, according to Offit. There are vague references to older parents and the environment, but no real concern over what the specific triggers might be. We're told whatever causes autism, happens BEFORE BIRTH. Offit says, "When you have autism, you are born with autism. There is no changing that, and to some people, that is helpful to know."
The idea that a baby is being exposed to dangerous toxins and viruses in vaccines is dismissed. Offit pretends that bacterial exposure through injection is the same as on the surface of our bodies.
"When you are in the womb, you are in a sterile environment. When you enter the birth canal and the world, you are not, and very quickly there are trillions of bacteria on the surface of your body. I'm not trying to sound like Carl Sagan, but you have about 100,000 trillion (1014) bacteria on the surface of your body. You actually have more bacteria on the surface of your body than the number of cells in your body.
"We have a way of carrying bacteria from one place to the next, and to which you make an immune response. Adults typically make as much as 5 g of secretory immunoglobulin A and immunoglobulin G daily to make sure that those bacteria stay at the mucosal surface.
"One single bacterium out of the trillions of bacteria on your mucosal surfaces has between 2000 and 6000 immunologic components. If you add up all of the immunologic components in vaccines that are given in the first few years of life, it comes to about 160. It's literally a drop in the ocean of what you encounter and manage everyday, but you don't see that."
Offit neglects to tell us we're not just talking about bacteria. Vaccines contain a lot of scary manmade ingredients. Those include things like lab-altered viruses and bacteria along with GMO products that humankind has not previously experienced. He doesn't mention that doctors like his wife have no liability for vaccine injury.
Offit made an emotional plea. "I have seen my wife progress through this, and she has gone 180° toward the opposite view. She is far more passionate.She says, 'Let me love your child.Don't put me in a position where I have to practice substandard care. Don't put me in a position where I'm sending your child out into this world that is becoming progressively more dangerous, where they can get pneumococcal disease or varicella and suffer that. Don't put me in that position. It's like coming to me and saying, 'I love my child, but I don't trust car seats.'"
If Offit's wife is so altruistic, I'd like to hear her say, "I'll take full responsibility if your child has any bad reaction to my vaccines." That never happens.
Most of the talk was the tired mantra, vaccines are safe, vaccine save live. Autism wasn't important at all here. It's clear that it's totally acceptable to have mind-boggling numbers of disabled children that we don't see in the adult population. The message is, "So what if we don't know the cause?"
Autism isn't the problem. Exempting parents are.
And if there weren't enough reasons to worry about vaccine side effects, Offit talks about "the next great platform" in the promotion of vaccines: VACCINATING PREGNANT WOMEN. He lauds the use of the whooping cough vaccine in the third trimester.
Offit speculates on the future.
"We could have a meningococcal vaccine in pregnancy to avoid the need for the meningococcal vaccine that is given in the first year of life. I would like to think that down the line, we will have a respiratory syncytial virus vaccine that is given during pregnancy."
There is no end in sight. While our attention today is on childhood vaccines, that will have to be expanded to include prenatal vaccines. I can imagine that side effects, including miscarriages, could be easily dismissed as coincidental. It will be much easier with pregnant moms than it is with children. It's hard to imagine what the future holds.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.