Editor's Note: While Autism Speaks was flooding U.S. airwaves Thursday with their final craven capitulation -- "Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated." -- I was on Canada's Sun News network delivering the opposite message.
You can view the video online HERE if the player does not appear for you.
"I'm sure you've taken a lot of criticism these days," host Jerry Agar said by way of introduction, "but you boldly stay the course?" I responded: "Vaccines are very strongly implicated in the rise of autism since the 1980s, yes."
The crusty conservative wasn't buying it, but I kind of liked him anyway and I think the conversation is worth a listen (why are right-wingers easier to talk to about this stuff than my fellow progressives?). Please note: There was an audio delay, and I misunderstood the question about keeping unvaccinated kids out of school and "hockey leagues," which made me think he was talking about mumps in the NHL. If an infectious disease is raging, then yes, susceptible people should stay away, but no, I don't favor vaccine mandates for school or sports.
By the way, NBC asked us for our view on vaccines (Autism Speaks made it onto the show; we didn't). Here's the statement Mark Blaxill and I provided based on our new book, "Vaccines 2.0 -- The Careful Parent's Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Decisions For Your Family":
1. The CDC. has recommended the most aggressive schedule of any country in the world, yet our infant mortality rate is a national embarrassment, ranking behind such countries as Cuba and Slovenia. We urge parents not to trust the CDC; there is clear evidence of scientific fraud in their research on vaccines, as stated by CDC senior scientist William Thompson. see his statement:
2. We don't recommend any specific schedule. We suggest to parents they should vaccinate, or not, based on diligent research about the risks of the vaccines and the diseases.
3. There have been 1,500 cases of measles in the United States in the last decade, with zero deaths according to the CDC. Meanwhile there have been over 80 reported deaths from measles-containing vaccines.
-- Dan Olmsted