By Anne Dachel
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HOW STUPID DOES NEWSMAX THINK WE ARE?
By Breana Noble
Here is what studies showing no connection between vaccines and autism have found:
1. The MMR vaccine showed no harmful association with those at a higher risk of developing autism. . . .
2. The total amount of antigens from vaccines received was the same between children with ASD and those without. . . .
3. Thimerosal, an ingredient in many vaccines, is not linked to autism. . . .
4. Timing is coincidental.
5. Rates of autism have increased, but vaccinations rates have not.
6. Gastrointestinal symptoms for autistic children who had vaccinations were the same as those who had not.
Breana Noble at NewsMax, like most reporters, happily dismisses a link between vaccines and autism, without knowing anything except what pharma-funded health officials tell her.
Anyone involved in this controversy easily sees how naïve and ignorant she obviously is.
". . .what studies showing no connection between vaccines and autism have found"? Seriously, in journalism school, was she taught to CONSIDER YOUR SOURCES?
IF SOMEONE GOES TO OFFICIALS WHO OPENLY DISCLOSE DISCLOSE THEIR VAST FINANCIAL TIES TO THE INDUSTRY THEY OVERSEE, THESE REPORTERS GOING TO GET THE PRO-INDUSTRY VERSION OF A PRODUCT.
Did Noble learn that the first job of a reporter is to CHECK SOURCES? She cites WebMD as a source. WebMD? Has anyone checked their prescription drug ads lately? ( I just hit their link and the first thing I saw was an ad for Linzess, a drug for constipation.)
Noble should be asking questions like, WHO FUNDED THE STUDIES she's convinced clear vaccines of a link to autism? WHAT RESEARCH OUT THERE DISPUTES THEIR FINDINGS?
Each claim she makes is more ridiculous than the last. They may convince someone who is completely unaware of the issues involved, but otherwise, it is junk journalism.
Antigens? ...That claim has been tried. Let's talk about vaccine additives instead---mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, human DNA.
Thimerosal? ...Noble forgets to mention that it's made from MERCURY and that it was never tested or approved by the FDA, yet it's allowed in vaccines.
And yes, it is in more than just the flu vaccine. For instance, it's in one version of the meningitis vaccine that is now being promoted for young adults.
If regressive autism following vaccination is "coincidental," how come the government conceded the case of Hannah Poling? She was a healthy, normally developing toddler who suddenly and dramatically regressed into autism after receiving nine vaccines in one day. Experts from Health and Human Services agreed that her autism was the result of the vaccines. There was no mention of this being a coincidence.
And what about the 83 cases of vaccine induced autism compensated by the federal government? And while these cases were going on, the government still denied any link. That should make Breana Noble at least a little curious about the contradiction in the government's claim that vaccines don't cause autism, except when they do.
Vaccination rates have not increased? No, but the number of vaccines a child receives has more than tripled in the last 20 years. Noble should also be concerned that no one has ever done a study on the cumulative effect of so many shots, so soon on the health of a baby.
Noble's last point is completely without merit. She said, "Gastrointestinal symptoms for autistic children who had vaccinations were the same as those who had not."
First of all, that seems to show that there was a comparison of vaccinated and unvaccinated autistic children. It seems that GI problems affect autistic children who've been vaccinated at the same rate as autistic children who haven't been vaccinated. We all know that IF THERE WERE A GROUP OF AUTISTIC CHILDREN WHO HAVEN'T BEEN VACCINATED, IT WOULD BE THE LEAD STORY ON EVERY NETWORK. (Maybe Noble could go to officials and ask them why no one seems able to find a group of never vaccinated autistic children.)
Furthermore, regarding GI problems in and autism, research has shown that yes, children with autism do have more GI problems than other kids.
Noble: "A study published by Andrew Wakefield in 1998 made the conclusion that measles-mumps-rubella vaccines are linked to the development of autism and other disorders."
Actually it's one combined vaccine with three strains of live viruses, and the "other disorders" she referred to include intestinal problems, something that Wakefield linked to the MMR vaccine.
In truth, members of the public, and especially parents in the autism community, are simply tired of reporters who promote the same lies we've heard for years. It's sloppy, lazy journalism. If, as polls from last year show, 60 percent of Americans don't trust what they've told by the media, the press should be trying to improve their image. They should be feverously exploring claims on both sides of an issue. The fact that they don't indicates that they just don't care how worthless they sound.
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 now from Skyhorse Publishing.