I really have to hand it to the marketing wizards of the pharmaceutical industry. In California, the cultural trend-setter of the nation, 97% of the children in our schools were fully-vaccinated, according to the CDC schedule. But that wasn't enough for you, was it? You had to try and run the table by jamming SB 277 through the California legislature and threaten to throw the children of thinking parents out of school, didn't you?
It must have gotten under your skin that there was 3% of the market still left on the table. There was that rebellious 3% that didn't care how many times Dr. Nancy ("Get your damn flu-shot) Snyderman told us from on-high there was no debate about vaccines and autism. (So sorry Nancy that you lost that cushy NBC job when you decided that Ebola quarantines were for other people!) And we didn't care how much you told us that Dr. Andrew Wakefield was a real-life Dr. Evil, when a much better comparison is Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
And yes, when you got the news media to go to sleep about the fact that even the corrupt "Vaccine Court" had paid out damages to at least 83 children who developed autism after their vaccinations, and $3.1 billion for other vaccine injuries, there were still some of us who knew the truth. And yes, so far you've been able to keep the news media quiet about CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, but there's at least one Presidential candidate with a big mouth who will probably be spilling the beans on that little issue any day now. In fact, at my last count, there are at least three Presidential candidates who think we need to ask more questions about vaccines.
How exactly did world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson put it? Oh yeah, now I remember. "But it is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time. And a lot of pediatricians now recognize that, and I think are cutting down on the number and the proximity in which those are done, and I think that’s appropriate." So, let me get this straight. We've got Donald Trump saying vaccines cause autism because they're giving too many of them; Carson doesn't quite agree with that, but goes one step further and says that pediatricians realize they're giving too many shots and need to slow down; and Senator Rand Paul (also a doctor), says that we need to have the freedom to make our own medical decisions. Note to pharma: Normal people call that a "conversation." Individuals try to work together to find the truth, especially when the issue is as important as the health of our children.
There's a funny thing about democracy. People get to talk. And I don't mean cute little thirty second spots where some good looking older guy enters a gym, does a single push-up and walks away with his work-out done. You see, I think that's the perfect image for the shortcuts pharma is trying to sell the public. There's the shortcut of calling us crazy, anti-science people, when in reality we're the sober, knowledgeable ones who read the packet inserts and the corrupt scientific research that has so many holes in it that a sixth-grader could see through it. We do the hard work. Maybe we are just 3% of the population, but we are a powerful minority.
And don't worry, we will be out there in force, talking to people. It's going to be a long fourteen months for the pharmaceutical industry until the Presidential election, but don't worry. When all the dust settles, I bet many of you will be out of a job and have a lot of time to relax. Some of you may even be in jail.
Power to the people!
Kent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and co-author with Dr. Judy Mikovits of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases. Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can order the book HERE.