By Anne Dachel
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My response to Harriet Washington's comment on my story, Samsarah Morgan on CA Vaccine Mandates & African American Children:
Ms. Washington wrote:
"No one contacted me before offering my name and work to imply, erroneously, that I am opposed to vaccination. I am opposed to all unethical and abusive uses of medical science such as the imposition of a discredited, FDA-unapproved vaccine without informed consent that I detailed in Medical Apartheid. I am also opposed to the use of vaccination issues to demonize and punish parents.
"But with one exception, the vaccines offered in the US are necessary and save lives and I urge parents to avail themselves and their children of their lifesaving benefits. May I suggest that in the future, you contact someone before you use their scholarship in an attempt ventriloquize your own opinions. Harriet Washington."
At no time did I mean to imply that you are opposed to vaccination. You were cited specifically because of what you wrote about the vaccine trials in Los Angeles and the effects on minority children in your book.
It seems that anyone who even brings up the subject of vaccine safety is quickly labeled anti-vaccine. In my years of writing on this subject, I have never taken a stand that could ever be labeled anti-vaccine. The reality is that even raising questions about possible risks results in the same reaction.
It should concern every American that we have a one-size-fits-every-child vaccination schedule that is mandated for school attendance, yet the makers of these vaccines have no incentive to produce a truly safe product since they have absolutely no liability.
Parents who live with vaccine-injured children find themselves vilified for even bringing up the subject.
If our government truly wanted to convince us that vaccines are safe, they'd call for independent science on vaccines--something they have never done. Where are the studies comparing the health of fully vaccinated and never vaccinated children?
Why has there never been research on children with regressive autism? No official has ever wanted to look into why healthy, normally developing children suddenly and dramatically lose learned skills like speech and eye contact and end up with an autism diagnosis. The late Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of NIH, called for this kind of study on CBS News in 2008. That was seven years ago.
No studies have been done to determine which children may be at risk for vaccine injury.
No studies have been done on the cumulative effect of our ever-expanding vaccination schedule. Vaccines are tested individually, yet they are given in combination with other vaccines, followed by more vaccines within a span of only a couple of months.
See the official recommended schedule.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approves, recommends and vigorously promotes the vaccination schedule. This agency is also in charge of vaccine safety and they eagerly produce one study after another showing their products are safe.
Nothing is ever said about the fact the CDC is the place where hundreds of individuals have conflict waivers because of their direct financial ties to the vaccine makers. Each of the CDC's studies showing no link between their vaccination schedule and autism has been shown to have ties to the vaccine makers. The last head of the CDC, Dr. Julie Gerberding, a long time denier of any link between vaccines and autism, went on to become the head of the vaccine division at Merck after leaving the agency.
In July, 2015, U.S. Rep. Bill Posey went on the record in the House of Representatives calling for hearing on the allegations make by a CDC scientist of a cover-up of vaccine research results on African American boys. It's now October and nothing has happened.
This scenario should concern every American, but with the media universally on the side of the vaccine industry, serious questions about vaccine safety are never raised in the press.
What has happened to Robert Kennedy Jr since the publication of his book, Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak, is a good example of the backlash. (And Kennedy describes himself as "pro-vaccine" every time he speaks on the subject.)
June 3, 2015, RFK Jr.: CDC Vaccine Program a 'Cesspool of Corruption'
The health and safety of our children should be the main concern for everyone involved.
Your impressive work on medical experimentation on black Americans stands on its own merits. I am in full agreement with your statement, "I am opposed to all unethical and abusive uses of medical science such as the imposition of a discredited, FDA-unapproved vaccine without informed consent that I detailed in Medical Apartheid. I am also opposed to the use of vaccination issues to demonize and punish parents."
I think it is our right and our duty to ask for answers when it comes to vaccine safety questions.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism
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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.