By Anne Dachel
Things have never been this heated in the media. The press is on a rampage. There have been literally thousands of stories published about the 100 cases of measles linked to an unvaccinated person at Disneyland. Measles is being described as a life-threatening disease that was eliminated in America, but now is being reintroduced by all these parents who exempt their children from vaccines.
The media have not been kind. Parents are being called "selfish" and "irresponsible." They've been misled into believing vaccines cause autism by the like of actress Jenny McCarthy and a British doctor who lost his license to practice medicine. News reports are adamant: There is no link between vaccines and autism. Dr. Manny Alvarez at Fox News is so convinced that children should be vaccinated that he called on President Obama to eliminate any exemption other than a medical one.
(Forbes reporters Peter Lipson and Dan Diamond want to crack down on dissenters. Diamond said that non-vaxxing parents should be sued if their children spread disease and Lipson called for doctors who don't vaccinate to lose their medical licenses.)
The measles outbreak is clearly being used to try and silence anyone who thinks vaccines are dangerous/linked to autism and to end parental choice when it comes to vaccination.
In the black and white world of the media, there is no controversy here. Vaccines are safe. Everyone should get them. Vaccinated kids have immunity. Unvaccinated people spread diseases.
In the real world parents don't believe these claims. They are increasingly skeptical about vaccine safety, despite the endless studies showing how safe vaccines are. In fact, studies have shown that the better educated parents are, the more likely they are to exempt their children from the mandated schedule. Reporters can't understand this. The networks and newspapers have given us years of coverage featuring experts from big name universities all vouching for the safety of vaccines.
Of course that isn't authentic journalism. Real journalism involves truth and balance and that's never part of the discussion.
If reporters were honest, they'd do more than give us talking points from health officials. They would cover the dissenters.
By dissenters I mean the people who've admitted the truth. And it may surprise you, but big names in American medicine have publicly said, that for certain children, VACCINES TRIGGER AUTISM. Incredibly, they weren't ostracized by the medical community and demonized by the press. As far as I know they're still in their important positions.
On Jan 25, 2015 former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson reposted an interview she'd done with Dr. Frank DeStefano, the director of Immunization Safety at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept 2, 2014.
DeStefano was part of the 2004 CDC MMR study that an agency whistleblower now claims was falsified. Attkisson said that DeStefano told her that while there was no causal link between vaccines and autism, vaccines could be the trigger for autism. Attkisson wrote,
"In a telephone interview last week, DeStefano defended the study and reiterated the commonly accepted position that there's no "causal" link between vaccines and autism.
"But he acknowledged the prospect that vaccines might rarely trigger autism.
"'I guess, that, that is a possibility,' said DeStefano. 'It's hard to predict who those children might be, but certainly, individual cases can be studied to look at those possibilities.'"
It's hard to move on after hearing that a top U.S. health official admits that while vaccines don't cause autism, they can trigger it in susceptible children.
Attkisson's FB post went on to cite Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, Director of Medical Research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. He was the expert on behalf of Hannah Poling who said that he'd 'personally witnessed [Hannah's] developmental regression' following 'vaccine-induced fever and immune stimulation.' (Hannah Poling's vaccine injury claim was quietly conceded by medical experts at HHS and she was awarded substantial compensation.)
Attkisson continued, "Zimmerman concluded that Hannah was vulnerable to vaccine injury because she had a metabolic disorder called mitochondrial dysfunction. While vaccines are safe for most children, in Hannah, they triggered a brain injury, according to Zimmerman.
"Whether vaccines 'caused' or 'triggered' Hannah's autism, the result was the same: but for her vaccinations, Zimmerman said, 'Hannah may have led a normal full productive life.' Instead, she suffers 'significant lifelong disability.'"
How can this be happening? The Hannah Poling case was in the news in 2008. If Dr. Zimmerson was saying these things, how come no one followed up on it? Hannah Poling got a lot of mainstream news coverage. Her father, Dr. Jon Poling and her mother, Terry Poling, a nurse, were interviewed on the major networks. They were treated with respect when they explained how the nine vaccinations Hannah received in a single doctor's visit caused her regression into autism. So why didn't anyone talk to Zimmerman, the doctor who backed the Polings' claim? Why does the media today act like there never was a Hannah Poling?
In truth, two things that are never supposed to be connected in any manner: VACCINES AND AUTISM, can be--if the child is predisposed to vaccine injury--that's what parents have been saying for years. After publicly admitting this, these two experts are never heard from again. The outrage on the part of parents over this fraud, can't be imagined. How can the press and the CDC keep on lying to us?
And there's more.
One of the top experts on autism in the U.S, Dr. David Amaral, research director at the M.I.N.D Institute at UC-Davis was interviewed on PBS by Robert MacNeil in April 2011.
Dr. Amaral was asked if vaccines can cause autism and he said, "I think it's pretty clear that, in general, vaccines are not the culprit. There has been enough epidemiological evidence showing that if you look at children that receive the standard childhood vaccines that, if anything, those children are at slightly less risk of having autism than children that aren't immunized. And so, you know, I think it probably is a waste of effort at this time to try and understand vaccines as a major culprit for, or a major cause of, autism.
"It's not to say, however, that there isn't a small subset of children who may be particularly vulnerable to vaccines. And in their case, having the vaccines, or particular vaccines, particularly in certain kinds of situations -- if the child was ill, if the child had a precondition, like a mitochondrial defect. Vaccinations for those children actually may be the environmental factor that tipped them over the edge of autism. And I think it is incredibly important, still, to try and figure out what, if any, vulnerabilities, in a small subset of children, might make them at risk for having certain vaccinations."
Finally, there's Dr. Walter Zahorodny, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark and he was the lead researcher on the New Jersey portion of a CDC rate study. He was interviewed for Philly.com in March, 2014 about the update in the autism rate to one in every 68 children. Zahorodny said, 'It's a true increase. It's a change of great magnitude. It's silly to go on debating that.' Furthermore, he said the numbers are going to get even worse.
Back in April, 2012, Zahorodny was featured on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC radio.
During the interview, the host brought up research on the possible causes for autism and he made this comment: "I guess we know what they aren't, for instance, childhood vaccines, right?"
This was Zahorodny's stunning response: "Vaccines don't play a significant role in autism increasing. Some small number of children probably do have autism because of an adverse vaccine reaction, but they don't make for the overall rise. Similarly, thimerosal, the additive in vaccines which was almost entirely out of the picture by 2000, which was when our children in the '08 study were born. So these kids, which would have seen declining autism prevalence if thimerosal was an important risk factor, not increasing prevalence. So I rule those two things out. There are other factors that would be more likely at play-demographical factors related to parents' age and other factors linked to that."
So a "small number of children" have autism because of their vaccines. Shouldn't we all be concerned?
While Zahorondny's claim that thimerosal was removed by 2000 is clearly wrong, his admission that yes, some kids really do become autistic after vaccinations, was alarming.
So how much of the rate increase is because of the vaccines children receive?
Just like DeStefano, Armaral contradicted himself on tape. They both claimed vaccines don't cause autism--except, under certain circumstances, when they do. Zimmerman was the expert behind the claim of Hannah Poling's vaccine-induced autism, and Zahorondny also admitted a connection.
Andrew Zimmerman, David Amaral, Walter Zahorodny, the CDC's own Frank DeStefano--in their own words, there is a link.
This cannot continue. We've heard it from the top experts. Vaccines are crippling our children. They're making our children autistic. It has to stop.
The independent research backs what parents are saying, we just never get to hear about it. Instead, the media ad nauseam gives us official studies from the agency that runs the vaccine program--all with ties to the vaccine makers.
The truth is, this isn't about the science; it never has been. It's about who will be held responsible when we finally publicly admit what an unsafe, unchecked vaccine schedule has done to our children. There are lots of people who are doing everything they can to prevent that from happening.
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 now from Skyhorse Publishing.