By Anne Dachel
On Sept 16, 2014, TheGreaterGoodMovie.org released a video of Dr. Melinda Wharton, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (CDC), explaining why there was no research comparing the health outcomes and vaccinated and unvaccinated children.
Leslie Manookian wrote,
The fact that this study has never been done is not only sad and frustrating, it is also unscientific, as this study might answer once and for all whether vaccines improve our children’s health, or harm it.
In making The Greater Good we asked CDC‘s top vaccine official, Dr. Melinda Wharton, why CDC wouldn’t just do the study and put all the questions and worries to rest. Dr. Wharton’s answer may surprise you and leave you wondering whether the problem is truly the difficulty of the study, or perhaps something more frightening, like the answer they might find.
"It seems like it ought to be possible to compare the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children and address some of these questions. It's got a kind of intuitive appeal. ...
"I don't know of any way we can do it, and it's for a couple of different reasons.
"In the first place, it would be pretty hard to find those 50,000 unvaccinated children to do the study comparing the health outcomes..."\
Leslie pointed out, "The CDC's own data says there are over a million unvaccinated children in the United States."
Wharton had more to say about why UNVACCINATED CHILDREN would be hard to study:
"They're almost certainly very different than other children because their parents have made this decision not to vaccinate--and they probably made other decisions that are different than the decisions other parents have made....
"Let's just pretend for a moment that autism is actually caused by pesticides residues on broccoli. ...And we think about this group of 50,000 vaccinated children and this group of 50,000 unvaccinated children. What's their exposure to pesticide residues on broccoli? Is it the same? And it's probably not, because probably those people who the choice not to vaccinate their children have other things they're concerned about as well. And maybe they're not that concerned about pesticide residues on vegetables and they buy their fruits and vegetables at different stories than these other people do."
Leslie ended the video by telling us how ridiculous it is that Wharton blames different diets for the failure of officials to conduct this needed research.
This wasn't the first time Dr. Wharton has made excuses for not studying vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Seven years ago, I wrote about her explanation during an interview. (Back then the autism rate was one in every 150 children.)
"Dr. Wharton said that because of the high vaccination rate in the U.S., it wouldn't be possible to do a comparison study of vaccinated and unvaccinated children for autism rates. She didn't say anyone at the CDC had even looked for kids who haven't been vaccinated."
In 2007, Wharton said that it was impossible to do the study because there weren't enough unvaccinated kids. Today, it's because unvaccinated children probably aren't eating vegetables laced with pesticides.
I really have no response to what Wharton said in the video. How do these people imagine they're credible to the public?
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.