Media Heats Up on Vaccine Debate
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.
The measles is a boom to pharma companies...and the media is making them happy.
Posted by: ldb | February 10, 2015 at 01:01 AM
More and more vaccine products are being added to the US Government’s vaccination schedule, and subsequently being mandated by US states: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf
When the US Government protected vaccine manufacturers from liability in 1988 this opened the floodgates for an increasing amount of questionable lucrative vaccine products to be foisted upon the population, in particular children who have no say in the matter. http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/index.html
It’s time for citizens to demand a review of ever-burgeoning vaccination schedules in the US and other countries, and to question what level of risk justifies mass vaccination and revaccination of healthy people.
We need a more sophisticated discussion on this matter, moving beyond simplistic and often vitriolic rants on ‘vaccination’, and examination of the merit of individual vaccine products. We also need people to understand the difference between ‘vaccination’ and ‘immunisation’. These words are inappropriately used interchangeably, even by so-called ‘experts’, but these words are not the same. We need a clear definition of what constitutes ‘immunity’, and critical examination of the questionable ‘immunity’ provided by individual vaccine products, e.g. annual flu vaccines. This is particularly important with an increasing number of vaccine products, and revaccinations, being made compulsory.
We also need objective and critical examination of the welter of academic ‘peer-reviewed literature’ that is used to promote these vaccine products, which is often industry-funded and published behind the paywalls of conflicted medical and scientific journals. All material that is used to promote vaccination must be open access for public scrutiny.
In regards to questioning a specific vaccine product, let’s start the ball rolling by questioning the mandated second dose of live Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine, and the lack of information about antibody titre testing to verify a response after the first dose of live MMR vaccine. This is particularly pertinent in regards to the lawsuits re the Merck MMRII vaccine. It is astonishing that the public is still largely in the dark on this matter. In this regard, please see my letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services: http://users.on.net/~peter.hart/Letter_to_Sylvia_Mathews_Burwell_HHS_re_MMR_second_dose.pdf
Posted by: Elizabeth Hart | February 09, 2015 at 10:31 PM
It's really sick that the media and public frenzy over something that lasts a week that few people get, and ignore autism which lasts a lifetime, is disabling, and very commonly acquired at 1 in 50. Shocking beyond words! As the autism rates grown, the world acts as if it's a secret.
Posted by: HeidiN | February 09, 2015 at 10:24 PM
Anne, thanks for monitoring the non-scientific media nonsense. That measles outbreaks are blamed on parents of autistic children is an outrage.
I think the more accurate way to say that is:
" That measles outbreaks ARE CREATED BY THE MEDIA, SO THEY CAN BE blamed on parents of autistic children is an outrage."
Posted by: Barry | February 09, 2015 at 09:57 PM
I'll weigh in on a few, hopefully accurately. Take out of this whatever you feel is of worth.
#1 is difficult to briefly summarize: Something like the 1998 case paper reported a now confirmed novel bowel disease in patients with autism. The link to MMR was a parental association included in the paper that Wakefield et al said required further study. The court vindicated the role lead pediatric gastroenterologist Walker-Smith had in actually performing the clinical diagnostic procedures of which Wakefield was accused of performing. Wakefield essentially led the writing up of the results.
#2 - I would change "a sample" to "research protocol" and "disprove" to "dismiss a signal suggesting a link..."
#4 - Something like...the CDC won't survey the rate of autism in never-vaccinated groups, like some of the Amish or Homefirst medical practice or homeschooling groups, even though anecdotal reports suggest the rate is far lower than the national rate.
#9 - Herd immunity was observed prior to vaccination with natural infection in a relatively well-nourished, developed society, and may not be possible with vaccination, though there may be herd effects. Outbreaks have occurred in 100% vaccinated groups.
#13 - I believe the False Claims Act filing only concerns mumps efficacy as part of Merck's MMR. Note: Merck has reformulated the MMR at least twice without going through a re-licensing process:
Posted by: Jeannette Bishop | February 09, 2015 at 08:28 PM
nanci nerone, You've lived it the hard way, assuming vaccines are beneficial. Much sympathy and empathy to you and family.
Posted by: autism uncle | February 09, 2015 at 08:21 PM
Unfortunately you are repeating another error. Because there were no sanctions against Prof Murch - despite the findings against him - he also did not appeal, so the findings also stand in his case (as with Wakefield) despite having been disproven.
Posted by: John Stone | February 09, 2015 at 07:24 PM
The various Legislators like (take your pick), themselves healthy in their elder years, grew up healthy WITHOUT VACCINES, but now later in life are advocating vaccines, despite their own experience not having been injected by such.
Contrary to their own family experiences, they've been brainwashed by campaign contributions by Pharma, and $BILLIONS of Pharma spending, and by the CDC/NIH Generals wanting to keep their power over the the public to mandate child vaccinations.
Posted by: autism uncle | February 09, 2015 at 07:20 PM
...Senator Barbara Boxer (D) and Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), have proposed federal legislation that would for the first time impose Federal, as opposed to State, vaccine mandates to attend an educational program.
Barbara Boxer is not running in 2016, so she will have no backlash on this issue.
As mercury is banned from infant and toddler vaccines in only 7 states... will some parents be forced to use vaccines banned in other states???
Will a child who has a 105 degree fever from the first MMR vaccine be force to take a second dose ?
Of course, they will not use the mercury free vaccines for the lower income groups.
Posted by: cmo | February 09, 2015 at 07:18 PM
It's Andrew Wakefield, and his license has never been restored because his insurance wouldn't pay for him to be part of the lawsuit brought before the London High Court three years go. Professor Walker-Smith and Dr. Murch won the suit and had their licenses restored. Good points. It's already been proven, though, that vaccines cause nearly all cases of autism.
Posted by: cia parker | February 09, 2015 at 07:16 PM
Reporter asks doctor if adults who were vaccinated years ago are protected. She responds they should be, but after years the protection can wear off, but, get this, she adds that even if adult immunity wanes, adults don't have to worry as long as kids are vaccinated. WHAT? So if you're 45 years old and your immunity has waned, and you're exposed to measles at work, you can't get infected if kids are vaccinated? The stuff they're making up is so beyond. Are people watching this that stupid? Could the reporter be that stupid?
Posted by: Linda1 | February 09, 2015 at 07:14 PM
That's an awful lot of things to confirm or deny. Regarding Andrew Wakefield's 1998 paper I suggest you follow what I have written here:
The problem is that the evidence was over-turned in the appeal of his senior colleague Prof Walker-Smith but as part of the bureaucratic stitch up the disproven findings stand against Wakefield who unlike Walker-Smith was not funded to appeal. There were additional findings against Wakefield which had equally little merit but have never been tested in appeal, but the Walker-Smith appeal has exposed the shoddiness and corruption of the hearing. Accusations of tampering with data made in BMJ have equally been shown to be false.
I doubt whether MMR vaccine can eliminate measles. When it was introduced it was supposed to be one shot for life but they keep on having to add on boosters. The vaccine keeps failing in heavily vaccinated populations.
These are just one or two comments - do read with care.
Posted by: John Stone | February 09, 2015 at 07:11 PM
In July of 2012 there was an LA Times article on the pertussis vaccine. Dr. Thomas Skinner of the CDC stated in this article that the reason whopping cough was on the rise is because in 1997 they had to change the vaccine because in was causing neurological disorders. Upon reading this, I immediately emailed the writer and asked, "didn't that beg the question, what neurological disorders?" She emailed me back within minutes saying she would not be writing any more articles in the near future and that she too had a child on the spectrum. I tried to contact Skinner numerous times, to no avail. I wrote VIC, they say they have no luck ever contacting anyone at the CDC. My son was born in 1996, meaning he probably had doses of that poison. I do remember an immunologist from NYC saying to me after he was diagnosed with autism, do not ever give him a pertussis vaccine again. I have not.
Posted by: Nanci Nerone | February 09, 2015 at 07:03 PM
With the media continuing to parrot talking points from vaccine manufacturers and government organizations like the CDC, I’m developing my own points of view to bring some balance and shed some light as well as heat. I would welcome fact checks from the readers of this post (send a reply if you would). For those who’d like to help, please appreciate that I’m trying to keep each point simple, moral and short, accessible if you will to laypersons like me who are concerned about but lack professional expertise on this issue.
1. The 1998 study by David Wakefield et. al. to which the media constantly refers as “fraudulent” was fully vindicated by the English courts. His loss of license was overturned. He did indeed find measles virus in the intestines of 10 kids with autism, and several highly respected scientists with whom he worked corroborated this. The courts vindicated them as well. Wakefield’s exploratory study was never about whether vaccines cause autism.
2. Mainstream media never mentions the whistleblower from CDC, Senior Scientist Dr. William Thompson, who confessed in 2014 to altering a sample in order to disprove a link between vaccines and autism. When the original sample was used, there was a strong correlation.
3. They never mention that the protocol of administering some 36 vaccines to children by age 18 months has never been proven to be safe. That’s why many doctors (such as Senator Rand Paul) and parents spread out vaccines over the course of childhood to minimize the chance of neurological damage to their kids.
4. They never mention that every time vaccinated groups are compared with unvaccinated ones (e.g. the Amish) the incidence of autism appears higher in the vaccinated groups. These studies have to be done privately because the CDC is scared to put public resources into definitive long term studies that would answer the question. Like the tobacco scam of the 1950s and 60s, the careers of CDC officials are on the line. They’ll fight viciously to protect their reputations and jobs. Many could care less about public welfare.
5. Mainstream media never mention that the lowest vaccination rates occur in wealthy communities like Beverly Hills, CA. What do these rich folks know that the rest of us do not? Is Jenny McCarthy really that persuasive, or are these rich folks simply doing their homework on the issue?
6. If vaccines are so safe, then why does the vaccine industry need absolute legal immunity from all harm caused by its products? And why has the U.S. Vaccine Court paid over $1 Billion of taxpayer dollars to settle claims related to injuries caused by vaccines? And why should we taxpayers pay the freight when the vaccine manufacturers should be liable?
7. Mainstream media never ask why the U.S. military has never investigated or publicly shared whether the exceedingly high rates of mental and physical illness of those returning from war zones is related to their multiple exposure to vaccines across multiple deployments. What’s been the experience of our allies who vaccinate their soldiers less?
8. I’ve yet to hear investigative journalists from the mainstream media ask:
• What percent of studies of the efficacy of vaccines are funded by the vaccine manufacturers themselves?
• What percent of advertising dollars received by media companies such as CNN, NBC and even Fox come from pharmaceutical companies?
• What portion of pediatrician income comes from administering vaccines?
Following the money would be instructive as to why the pharmaceutical industry and its media collaborators are ganging up on politicians, doctors and parents who refuse to go along with what they see as a corrupt industry seeking profits at the expense of truth.
9. While herd immunity requiring 90-95 percent vaccination rates is a likely reason for elimination of diseases in countries with secure borders, isn’t it interesting that U.S. borders have become much less secure in the last few years with thousands of children from poor countries crossing illegally into the U.S.? Could this influx be the real reason for the recent 110 measles cases that media mouthpieces have proclaimed are so dangerous (see http://www.wnd.com/2015/02/the-real-culprit-in-measles-outbreak/)?
10. The media never mentions the 1,500 cases of measles in the United States in the last decade, none of which resulted in deaths according to the CDC. Meanwhile there have been over 80 reported deaths from measles-containing vaccines.
11. The media never mentions that almost a quarter of Somali kids who migrated to Minnesota a few years ago have autism. This compares with the current U.S. child autism rate of almost two percent. Were all those vaccines the Somali children had to get before entering the U.S. partially responsible?
12. The media never acknowledges that the U.S. has only one company (Merck) now making the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Some countries have several different manufacturers for these vaccines, allowing more choice in type of vaccine used and better options for risk management related to possible side effects (see http://www.wnd.com/2015/02/the-real-culprit-in-measles-outbreak/).
13. The media never asks if mumps and measles vaccines work so well, then why did Merck virologists file a False Claims Act with the U.S. government, describing the fraud of how Merck faked its vaccine results to trick the FDA?
Finally, Chris Christie has it right when he contends that all vaccines and the diseases they address are not equal in terms of the threat they pose to public health. Clearly, vaccines have helped eliminate scourges such as smallpox and polio. No doubt most would welcome a vaccine that would stop the killer Ebola virus. And most would agree that we’re probably better off if people didn’t get highly contagious diseases such as measles. Yet over 99.9% of people who contract measles in the U.S. get over it. A hundred cases around the country is no big deal. The disease is far less a threat to our national security than the hundreds of thousands on the autism spectrum whose disease many suspect is the result of overloading youngsters with environmental toxins including vaccines. Only a small percentage ever recovers causing considerable emotional and financial distress to their families, to say nothing of the hundreds of millions taxpayers must pay for their care and education.
Some day scientists will discover the causes of autism and the roles played by toxic chemicals such as those in vaccines, pesticides, cleaning agents, industrial emissions and many foods. And some day they will discover which cures work for which types of individuals on the autism spectrum. Until then, let parents carefully weigh the pros and cons of when to administer which vaccines to their children without being assaulted by propaganda from the vaccine manufacturers and their CDC and media enablers that implies they are endangering others.
Posted by: Barry Stern | February 09, 2015 at 06:41 PM
With the Net Neutrality Bill S6119 looming (voting day 2/26), we may soon lose access to dissenting voices online. The FCC plans to take control of the Internet. You heard that right. Please take the time to contact your legislators and oppose this Bill if you believe that the Govt should not control our access to this form of free speech. I find the timing of this particular Bill to be suspicious.
Posted by: Michelle F | February 09, 2015 at 05:51 PM
Thanks, Danchi, for the heads-up, though it hurts. I've emailed Boxer in opposition. The most vulnerable don't need a Headstart onto the pharma-care slave-rolls.
Posted by: Jeannette Bishop | February 09, 2015 at 05:02 PM
Who is William Thompson,
I'd say that any vaccine can cause vaccine encephalitis, just from the immune system reacting to the incursion of the vaccine just exactly as it was meant to, with just too much vigor and excessive inflammation, but the result is still brain damage in all too many cases. Vaccines sensitize the immune system to vaccine ingredients, and often start any of the autoimmune diseases, in which the immune system reacts when it again encounters a substance resembling or identical to what caused the sensitization. It's been known for a hundred years that injecting ANYTHING into the body is liable to create an allergy. These are the two crucial facts which all of us must understand and be ready to use in our replies.
Posted by: cia parker | February 09, 2015 at 04:44 PM
As the population experience more harm to the children through vaccines the refusing of vaccines increase.
The End Game for Pharma is coercion.
A handful of Johnny come lately`s killing and harming millions through vaccines.
Maurice Hillieman Godfather emeritus."Importing AIDS virus"
Posted by: Angus Files | February 09, 2015 at 04:41 PM
Breaking News (ALERT): BILL IN CONGRESS TO REMOVE VACCINE WAIVERS
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Senator Barbara Boxer (D) and Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), have proposed federal legislation that would for the first time impose Federal, as opposed to State, vaccine mandates to attend an educational program. The legislators’ bill entitled A Head Start on Vaccinations Act would require all children enrolled in Head Start to get all of the vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) according to the CDC’s timetable. There would be no exemptions for religious or personnel beliefs. READ MORE…AND TAKE ACTION
If this passes it will only be a matter of time before the mandate would be extended to children who attend schools that receive Federal funding, such as IDEA funding for special education, student loan guarantees, etc.
VLA COMMENT: There are more than 220 new vaccines in the developmental pipeline for children and adults…and no end in sight. READ More “Open letter unknown author”...It is the usually flagship attack on the poor, black and hispanic population
Eligibility FOR HEADSTART:
Eligibility is largely income–based, although each local program includes other eligibility criteria, such as disabilities and services needed by other family members. Families must earn less than 100% of the federal poverty level. Families may also qualify under a categorical eligibility category—receipt of TANF funds, Supplemental Security funds, or Homeless as per the McKinney-Vento Act. Up to 10% of any funded program’s enrollment can be from higher income families or families experiencing emergency situations. All programs are required to provide services to children with disabilities who must comprise 10% of their total enrollment. Per the Head Start Act (2007), programs may select to serve families whose income is between 100-130% under certain circumstances. Programs must also complete additional reporting requirements if this is appropriate for their community.
Posted by: Danchi | February 09, 2015 at 03:29 PM
@Jenny Allan and @Benedetta- One of the common treatments for campylobacter are Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics. These can cause all kinds of bizarre side effects, there are black box warnings for tendon rupture, permanent peripheral neuoropathy, nerve blocking and muscle weakness, cns damage and more.
There is a parallel to the vaccine injury denial going in in conventional pHarmaceuticals.
Here is a ten minute overview http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health-jan-june11-antibiotics_06-16/
a longer documentary www.certainadverseevents.com
www.saferpills.org - I guess you could call this an "anti-antibiotic group".
Posted by: AB damage is real | February 09, 2015 at 03:28 PM
The fact is that Big Internet(news and news aggregate sites which allow commentary) is very tied to traditional media both materially and philosophically, for all of the old obvious reasons.
The Big Blogs are only an illusion of choice, in that their appearance has been finely tuned to attract consumers who fancy themselves 'savvy'. Of course the difference is mostly cosmetic, as in frequent blogger 'citing' of paid Pharma trolls(Orac, Reiss et al), whereas Rachel Maddow stops a few steps before, with 'ridicule', so as not to confuse her 'less savvy' TV audience with actual information. It's quite obvious that not only have both the blogs and the TV/print media been given a 'list' of appropriate sources, the list is always very, very small. Basically Orac and Reiss. That alone should tell anyone who's truly savvy what's actually happening.
And the same basic thing goes on in any area of 'public' discussion as far as I can tell. Whether it be what the US Gov is really getting up to wrt its foreign policy, what global finance has been up to, which multinational corporations are involved in both, and rerally how all of the large interests interact with each other.
Enter the paid troll with completely unreliable cocked-up proof at the ready, in case there are "Any questions?". The 'proof' always traced back to the 'word' of some anonymous official, or front-spokesperson.
There has to be a tipping point, which may or may not involve the 'Age Of Autism'. The anecdotes have to become the majority, whether they are those of impoverishment, disease, or another gross injustice. Americans have to realize that solidarity, community, and cooperation aren't dirty words.
The smallest cataclysm would force fate's hand. I hope we can re-learn it all in time to save ourselves.
Posted by: Joy B | February 09, 2015 at 12:36 PM
Who is William Thompson ?
How would I answer the question "how do I feel about vaccines?
First of all, I would never agree to an interview unless I had complete control over what would be either published in print or what goes out over the airwaves. Nothing less than complete control.
If I had to answer the question-your response would be appropriate. It is non-committal to one side or the other. The interviewer would of course come back with the mantra "there is no mercury in vaccines' whereas I would say please provided me with scientific proof, documentation or a letter to either the CDC, FDA or congress demonstrating removal had been done by each pharmaceutical company that makes vaccines. Than, before the interviewer could get a word in I would say. Do you have that on hand right now? No, OK, we're done. I'd get up and leave.
Posted by: Danchi | February 09, 2015 at 12:11 PM
Campylobactor = guillain-barré syndrome Is that for sure known??
That is definitely one virus contamination via vaccine that causes GBS . But there are other viruses known to do the same .
wikipedia says : Approximately 30% of cases are provoked by Campylobacter jejuni, which causes diarrhea. A further 10% cases are attributable to cytomegalovirus (CMV, HHV-5). Despite this, only very few people with Campylobacter or CMV infections develop Guillain-Barré syndrome (0.25–0.65 per 1000 and 0.6–2.2 per 1000 episodes, respectively). The strain of Campylobacter involved may determine the risk of GBS; different forms of the bacteria have different lipopolysaccharides on their surface, and some may induce illness (see below) while others will not.
& just in the same way there are different routes one can arrive at autism (but the mechanism is the same , the priming and then the activation of the microglial , all the other vaccine toxicities add additonal conditions).
The point is the term autism describes a broad spectrum of vaccine damage . Similarly for GBS .
I think the scientists have been toying with us quite cruelly .They have been abusing their position of "knowledge is power" to persecute people .
Posted by: Who is William Thompson ? | February 09, 2015 at 11:59 AM
It was very telling to see the Canadian reports - not only the one with Dan, there was another piece of extreme idiocy. But the point was that these were styled as reports about a measles outbreak and the real story is the disproportionate clamp down on civil rights. In both cases interviewers upheld freedom of choice but it is in the attempt to deny choice that the real story lies, rather than inconsistent reports about alleged measles cases at Disneyland.
Posted by: John Stone | February 09, 2015 at 11:34 AM
Anne, thanks for monitoring the non-scientific media nonsense. That measles outbreaks are blamed on parents of autistic children is an outrage. Autism is far more serious than measles. Why isn’t this clear to everyone???
Vaccines are safe? The brain is not affected by vaccination? Where is the evidence? Do epidemiologists investigate outliers in their interpretations of statistics?
Brain damage in autism leads to: (1) language disorder, (2) repetitive movements, (3) lack of environmental awareness, and (4) diminished oculomotor function. Dr. Amaral should discuss these problems, and stay away from citing “epidemiological evidence.” He and other neuroscientists should also engage in public discussion of evidence that some of us have tried to point out.
Brainstem centers for hearing and motor control are susceptible to damage from oxygen insufficiency at birth and toxic substances. Toxic insult following asphyxia might explain a lot of variability, and statistical outliers.
Posted by: Eileen Nicole Simon | February 09, 2015 at 11:30 AM
So what causes myclonic jerks????
MERF has been ruled out -- my husband that has no memory has been tested twice and so has his son - and they are negative.
Mylonic jerks in my husband has esculated horrible in hte last week and he is back to - it is MERF.
I am sick of all of mine being sick
Campylobactor = guillain-barré syndrome Is that for sure known??
Posted by: Benedetta | February 09, 2015 at 10:44 AM
I hope you are right Danchi !
Out of interest , if you were on TV being interviewed about this , how would you answer the question
"how do you feel about vaccines ?" where the interviewer is looking for a response that viewers will consider crazy.
"the injection of mercury into anyone via a vaccine can never ever be condoned"
Posted by: Who is William Thompson ? | February 09, 2015 at 10:35 AM
@Danchi--Just wanted to add my voice of agreement to what you said about some form of collusion and orchestration in the media over the past two weeks.
Take MSNBC, for example. In the block of shows from Chris Matthews to Rachel Maddow to Chris Hayes, during the "anti-vax" segments you saw the same graphics, heard the same talking points often word-for-word from the same "experts." Nary a dissenter to be found.
The tactics used were typical of astroturf sites like "Respectful Insolence" and "Science-Based Medicine"--name calling, minimalizing, attacking people and the movement without a serious discussion of the issue.
And most of all--unbelievably--totally ignoring the bedrock of medical ethics: informed consent. It was bullying by supposedly top tier journalists whom I will never watch again. To me, Chris Matthews is just another version of Bill O'Reilly
On the bright side, the media show these past few weeks has been so shrill and one-sided that it became an exercise in self-parody.
Finally, the past two weeks have also been reminiscent of the lead up to the Iraq War, when it was unpatriotic to be against it, and only one side was heard. In her liberal heart, Rachel Maddow thinks she was doing good, corrupting any journalistic integrity she could bring to the story.
Amy Goodman on "Democracy Now" was the only one who came through as a real journalist. I loved her take down of Offit.
Posted by: David Taylor | February 09, 2015 at 10:30 AM
What are the odds that, starting in the late 1980s, two different independent things started triggering the rise of autism--worldwide?
Also, I have heard commenters here remark that the severity of autism seems to have declined. That's my impression, but it's not based on much except that it seemed pretty bad in 2001 and perhaps not so bad after. It could just be my vantage point.
Posted by: Carol | February 09, 2015 at 10:24 AM
Thank you Anne.
These comments from doctors and scientists have been in the public domain for years. It is time for these people to say what they know and what they believe out loud before the government mandates silence along with vaccines.
Posted by: Louis Conte | February 09, 2015 at 10:06 AM
"Of course that isn't authentic journalism"
What has occurred over the last month or so was an coordinated orchestrated False Flag attack on the public psyche. Everything was too pat, too saturated, each bogus media site were too much in tandem with each other. The people behind this sat down in a room together with a calendar and plotted this event in the same mindset as military people plot a frontal attack on the enemy. That's how they see the American people, the enemy. The only event that rivals this atrocity was the planning of the Iraqi war.
Dr. William Thompson states this:
"Dr. William Thompson accused the CDC of more than a decade of cover-ups regarding the link between vaccines and childhood autism.
“CDC is paralyzed; the whole system is paralyzed right now,” Thompson is heard telling Dr. Brian Hooker, Ph.D., during a phone conversation. “The whole branch is paralyzed, and it’s become more paralyzed. So., there’s less, and less, and less being done, as the place just comes to a grinding halt.”
He went on to say that the CDC has put research “10 years behind.”
“Because the CDC has not been transparent,” he added, “we’ve missed 10 years of research, because the CDC is so paralyzed right now by anything related to autism.
“Really, what they [the CDC] need is for Congress to come in and, you know, say, ‘give us the data, and we’re going to have an independent contractor do it,’ then bring in the autism advocates and have them intimately involved in the studies.”
“10 years behind.”
The CDC & Vaccine makers are not "behind". They are not stagnant, overwhelmed, lost, paralyzed, stupefied or uncertain. These are not stupid people. The CDC, FDA,IOM, NIH and members of the WHO and all their employees in addition to big pharma stand to earn a projected 65 Billion according to some sources by 2020. This is a gravy train they don't want to stop. They only know what the end game is so this is one reason there has been no research. I suppose some of the profits go to staging the numerous False Flag dog and pony shows the CDC and their minions put on. Ebola didn't ratch up the fear meter the way they had hoped so this measles or whooping cough show should have been expected. AT Disney. The happiest place on earth. Not really. But it sounds good. I would not be surprised it the CDC didn't plant numerous petri dishes of the measles virus all around Disney Park. It has a two hour life span when exposed to the elements but the weather in California may help the virus exist longer.
The other reason the CDC/big pharma isn't looking for the cause of Autism----THEY KNOW. Why look for something when you already know where & what it is? The only thing that concerns all the parties involved is keeping it covered up. Probably spending billions to keep every link in this chain of corruption tightly linked. Dr. Thompson gave them the slip. They don't want that to happen again. I wouldn't want to be involved in this. Think about Michelle Obama and how she had a hard time adjusting to the Secret Service protection. The ones involved in this coverup are not being protected they are being stalked by private security. Probably Blackwell. Phone calls are being monitored, emails are read, every move they make is documented, every word they say is scrutinized, their trash is checked, their family members are monitored-hell they probably can't go to the bathroom without it being reported to someone and documented and they deserve it.
The vaccine coverup is hitting critical mass. They have vaccinated so many people that the outbreaks can no longer be hidden and most people are not buying the "unvaccinated" are to blame. The over saturation media coverage is having the opposite affect the longer it goes on and if suddenly it's dropped just like the Ebola False Flag, the populace are gong to think something stinks and the smell is coming from Atlanta.
Posted by: Danchi | February 09, 2015 at 10:02 AM
Campylobactor = guillain-barré syndrome
Vaccines seeded and grown in egg embryo .
The Campylobactor virus travels with the vaccine .
People get the vaccine side effect , but actually its just species transfer via vaccine contamination .
Posted by: Who is William Thompson ? | February 09, 2015 at 08:25 AM
Less than 30% of Congress Admits to Vaccinating Their OWN KIDS!!!
Posted by: Who is William Thompson ? | February 09, 2015 at 06:55 AM
"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."
If we use relatively recent history as our guide .. those who spent enormous time and energy convincing the American people they not only knew for certain that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction .. these "intelligence experts" knew exactly where the weapons were stored ...
NOTHING HAPPENED TO THEM .. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ....
Why should the American people expect anything more when the truth about vaccines becomes .. according to President Obama .. "pretty indisputable"?
Posted by: Bob Moffitt | February 09, 2015 at 06:43 AM
This week there was a couple of articles in Scottish news outlets, (NOT media TV or BBC). The articles were about Campylobactor, a bacterium endemic in raw factory farming produced poultry. This causes thousands of cases annually, and quite a few deaths, again, like measles, usually in persons with serious co-morbidities. My husband got this bug last year, following a meal at a well known fast food chicken outlet. He was very ill and did not fully recover for nearly 2 weeks. Factory farming, including antibiotics fed to poultry and cattle, has resulted in several dangerous bugs evolving. This situation is UK wide.
Where is the media storm about this?
Wednesday 4 February 2015
FOOD poisonings from a type of bacteria
"FOOD poisonings from a type of bacterium found in chicken have reached the highest level in Scotland for a decade.
More than 6000 people fell ill as a result of the bug campylobacter, which is present in raw meat particularly poultry, last year.
Infants and toddlers were among those who suffered the symptoms such as sickness and diarrhoea, with a 25 per cent increase in cases recorded among those under the age of four.
In total 6636 cases were confirmed by NHS laboratories during 2014, a rise of 7.7 per cent compared to the previous year. Experts say the actual number of people likely to have fallen ill will be higher as not everyone who experiences food poisoning contacts the health service for advice.
There were 355 confirmed cases among pre-schoolers in 2014 and 284 in 2013.
While most people recover quickly from campylobacter poisoning, the symptoms can last for more than 10 days and in the worst cases patients die from complications."
Posted by: Jenny Allan | February 09, 2015 at 06:41 AM