By Anne Dachel
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You can't imagine how insane the news is right now. If you search for "autism" stories, you'll find hundreds and hundreds of news sites all over the country telling you that the current 100+ cases of measles are the result of non-vaxxing parents who believe the discredited theory of a link between autism and the MMR vaccine. AND THERE IS NO LINK.
I've never seen it like this and I'm sure anyone looking at the news on TV or picking up a newspaper has seen the hysteria over measles currently. I can't begin to total up the reports. The messages are the same everywhere: Vaccines are safe, everyone should vaccinate, there is no link to autism, and non-vaccinating parents threaten us all.
NBC Today Show:
President Obama on measles: 'You should get your kids .
Obama was asked about the "requirement" for the measles (MMR) vaccine. He told parents not to worry. There is no reason not to vaccinate. He said parents need to vaccinate their children. "It's good for them."
Obama said he understands the concerns of some parents about the effects of vaccinations, but "the science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We've looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren't reasons to not."
USA Today: Obama urges vaccinations for children
What happened to NJ Governor Chris Christie is a scary example of what happens to anyone who says anything negative about the one-size-fits-all vaccination schedule or who promotes giving the final say to parents.
In remarks here, Mr. Christie at first stopped short of recommending that parents immunize their children against measles, or any other illness, calling for "balance" and "choice." But his remarks quickly set off an outcry, prompting the governor to modify his position about an hour later and declare, through a spokesman, that "there is no question kids should be vaccinated."
Mr. Christie, when asked about the connection between the new measles cases and parents who object to the long-recommended vaccine against it, said that he and his wife had vaccinated their four children. He called that "the best expression I can give you of my opinion."
But he added: "It's more important what you think as a parent than what you think as a public official. I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well. So that's the balance that the government has to decide."
Mr. Christie said that "not every vaccine is created equal, and not every disease type is as great a public health threat as others."
Mr. Obama on Sunday night issued an unambiguous call for parents to have their children vaccinated. He called the scientific rationale for using the vaccines "pretty indisputable."
Mr. Christie did not offer any such urgency or firmness in his original remarks. That prompted a scolding response from the White House. Mr. Obama's senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, took to Twitter to request that Mr. Christie "clarify" his statement. "It's important that responsible leaders speak with one voice," Mr. Pfeiffer wrote.
The reaction was swift and stinging.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said the government needs to strike a "balance" between public health and parental choice in making decisions about vaccinating kids, even as an outbreak of measles is spreading among unvaccinated people in the United States. But hours later, his office sent out a clarification of those remarks.
"We vaccinate ours [kids], and so, you know that's the best expression I can give you of my opinion," Christie first told reporters when asked if he would urge Americans to vaccinate their children. "You know it's much more important what you think as a parent than what you think as a public official. And that's what we do. But I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that's the balance that the government has to decide."
The governor's office issued a statement later Monday morning to clarify his remarks, stating: "The Governor believes vaccines are an important public health protection and with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated. At the same time different states require different degrees of vaccination, which is why he was calling for balance in which ones government should mandate." . . .
Pressed by reporters about whether he believes vaccines are dangerous, Christie responded: "I didn't say that - I said different disease types can be more lethal so that the concern would be measuring whatever the perceived danger is by a vaccine and we've had plenty of that over a period of time versus what the risk to public health is. And that's exactly what I mean by what I said."
President Obama on Sunday told Americans, "get your kids vaccinated." He told NBC News' Savannah Guthrie, "The science is, you know, pretty indisputable."
Democrats jumped on Christie's statement, saying his comments show his embrace of "junk science."
"If his campaign is going to be about kissing up to the radical, conspiracy theory base that's wagging the dog of today's Republican Party, that's up to him and his cracker-jack team," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Mo Elleithee. "But if he wants to actually be a leader, then he should stop bowing to junk science and take a cue from President Obama by showing leadership that promotes facts and keeps our children and our nation safe."
Someone put this comment on a story on my blog. ...Chilling to say the least. Autism Speaks readily tells us, "Another child is diagnosed with autism every 15 minutes," YET NO ONE CARES.
When will we start to care about autism like we seem to about measles?
About 8 million children are born in the US each year. If we assume the one-in-68 autism prevalence that is usually quoted, 118 thousand children are born each year that will develop autism. There is strong evidence that vaccines cause the neurological damage of autism.
This article is worried that measles has infected 84 people, but it ignores the 118 thousand children developing autistic neurological damage each year because of vaccines.
They are so paralyzed by what's happened to our children that the only thing they can possibly do is continue the lies and the cover-up. What else is there? They have to make vaccines something about reproach. They can never recognize autism for the devastating epidemic that it truly is and they can never allow that vaccines carry real risks.
So when does this house of cards finally come down on them (and us)?
The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD. Lee Silsby is one of the most respected compounding pharmacies in the country and is committed to serving the needs of the Autism community. OurkidsASD is an online retailer for nutritional supplements for patients with special needs. OurkidsASD carries thousands of products from more than 60 brands and offers free ground shipping on all orders.
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 is on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.