By Anne Dachel
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California law heats up vaccine debate
Schultz talked about Jim Carrey's response on Twitter where he called Gov. Brown a "fascist." He cited the CDC's denial of any link between vaccines and autism.
MSNBC showed a clip of Carrey and Jenny McCarthy on the Larry King Live Show in 2009 talking about the dramatic increase in the vaccine schedule.
Jenny McCarthy: "I don't know what happened in 1990. There was no plague that was killing children that we had to triple the amount of vaccines."
Jim Carrey: "What happened after 1989 that warranted 26 more vaccines?"
"I don't think we can afford to assume that the people in charge with our public health any longer have our best interest at heart all the time. Parents have to make their own decisions. educated decisions. They have to look at the information.
Schultz cited a statement from the CDC: "No childhood vaccines distributed in the U.S. contain mercury or thimerosal," the words appearing behind him.
Immediately Schultz contradicted himself saying, "Although it's still present in the flu vaccine." (And isn't it also in one version of the meningitis shot given to kids as young as 11?)
Schultz's response begs the question that never came up: IS MERCURY IN CHILDHOOD VACCINES DISTRIBUTED OUTSIDE THE U.S.?
(And we know the answer. Vaccines given to the poorest children in the world still contain full doses of toxic mercury. Our concern for the safety of children doesn't extend beyond our borders.)
Of course we do know what happened in the late 1990s to warrant the dramatic increase in the vaccine schedule: pharma and doctors received blanket liability protection. And Carrey's statement about not being able to assume that public health officials have our best interests at heart is a very nice way of saying what Robert Kennedy, Jr. did when he called the CDC "a cesspool of corruption."
Schultz also quoted Carrey talking about why we can't trust the CDC to tell us the truth. "The CDC can't solve a problem they helped start. It's too risky to admit they have been wrong about mercury/thimerosal. They are corrupt."
Next Dr. Corey Hebert came on warning us about the measles, whooping cough, and the dangers presented by unvaccinated children.
He was countered by Christina Hildebrand from A Voice for Choice. She made the stunning point: "There is no liability for the vaccine manufacturer, so you cannot sue a vaccine manufacturer if you have an adverse reaction. That's huge. To mandate a vaccine, regardless if you're for or against vaccines, to mandate something there is no liability for--you cannot sue over--is . . . flat out wrong."
Hebert ignored the liability issue said there is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting system, but it's faulty.
Hildebrand talked about the Vaccine Court and the failure of doctors to inform parents of the risks. "If there is a risk involved, there has to be a choice."
Hebert tried to make it sound like it would be easy to get a medical exemption. "Not only can you be exempt if you have a medical reason, if you have a family history of a family history of a medical reason, you can still be exempt. So I think that's pretty fair."
Hildebrand disputed this saying that's not what happens in a doctor's office. She also said that the studies doctors love to cite have ties to the vaccine makers.
Hildebrand said there is no current health crisis in California that necessitated this law.
Thank you, MSNBC and Ed Schultz. There are two sides to the debate.
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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.