By Ginger Taylor
Last month I wrote two letters, one to Tom Insel, head of NIMH and the IACC, and one to Rob Ring, Science Officer of Autism Speaks, pointing out to both the vast amount of research they seemed to have missed that shows that vaccines can cause autism, which contradicts their stated claims that there is no research showing that vaccines can cause autism.
And then this month a funny thing happened. They both actually did something.
Insel resigned as the head of NIMH to go start a new life sciences division for Google. (Note: I strongly recommend you stay away from Google Life Sciences.) His departure is being lauded by those in the autism community far and wide.
And this week, as the unexpected and unexplained resignation of Liz Feld as President of AS is announced, we note that something on the Autism Speaks web site has changed. Rob Ring's claim that vaccines don't cause autism has been scrubbed from AutismSpeaks.org.
Last February, Mr. Ring made the much heralded statement:
“Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated.
Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks”
It was widely broadcast and used in state houses across the nation in the 2015 vaccine mandate push. But today it is no more.
Screen shots of the AS website page from September 6th and from today:
Autism Speaks has not issued a press release retracting the statement by Mr. Ring, nor the medical recommendation for parents to vaccinate their children.
I have sent Mr. Ring the following question.
Subject: Removal of vaccine/autism statement from AS web site
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:19:02 -0400
From: Ginger Taylor
To: Rob Ring
I have noted that your statement, issued in February, that vaccines are not associated with autism, and recommending that parents vaccinate their children, has been removed from the Autism Speaks web site.
The release of this statement was widely shared in the media, and used as testimony in favor of vaccine mandates during hearings across the country this year. As such, I believe that a statement from Autism Speaks on why they are removing your statement from the web site is in order.
Will you or AS be issuing a statement or a formal retraction explaining the decision to remove the statement?
Ginger Taylor, MS
As neither he nor Mr. Insel has answered my previous emails, I do not anticipate an answer from Mr. Ring. Of course I will share it if he replies.
With all this activity, I can only assume what is plainly logical to anyone paying attention. That it is my emails, and my emails alone that have shamed Mr. Insel and Mr. Ring into their actions.
There is of course the very, very, very remote possibility that this little tiny dust up, tempest in a tea pot really, might have had a slight bit of influence on them, so I might as well mention it just to be thorough.
Some guys said some things about something or other. I can barely remember what it was though.
So I guess it is minorly possible that Tom Insel has not held a meeting of the IACC in 14 months even though legally he has to have two per year, and usually has four per year, and then finally quit because he doesn't want to talk about what that one guy said about the other guy who said he did those things with those other people. And I guess it is possible that Rob Ring does not want to have to talk about that V word any more because of the things the guys are saying about the things done and thrown away and stuff. And it might be that this whole thing was not what Liz Feld signed up for and some adage about rats and a sinking ship...
But I am pretty sure it was my emails. They are all TERRIFIED of getting emails from me. So let's go with that.
December 1, 2015. Rob Ring has announed his departure from Autism Speaks as of January 15th.
You're welcome. ;)