Dachel Media Update: The Nonsense Continues "Autism Is Ancient"
By Anne Dachel
John Donvan and Caren Zucker continue to be the spokespeople for autism. I'm sure they'll be center stage in April, promoting their version of the history of the disorder.
Imagine someone outside the autism community watching this interview. They'd already heard a lot about autism, including that there's an epidemic, its cause is a mystery, and it's linked to vaccines. These two researchers, however, explain it all.
Autism isn't new; we just never dealt with it before. We blamed mothers and neglected affected children.
Donvan, as a recognized authority, assures viewers that the vaccine controversy is "a myth." The one good thing about it is that people linking autism to vaccinations made us aware of autism. See, everything's fine. Vaccines are safe. We just need to do for all the autism we've discovered is to be like the folks in Forest, Mississippi.
This is a concerted effort to camouflage what autism is really doing to us. Making autism into a normally occurring human condition let's vaccine off the hook. Until enlightened people, like Donvan and Zucker, of the 21st century, we neglected, concealed and totally failed the autistic community. Now things are changing. No more talk about the vaccine controversy or refrigerator mothers. We need to "embrace" autism, like the residents of Forest, MS with Donald Triplett.
Feb 17, 2016, CNN: Authors: Vaccine controversy raised profile of autism
The CNN anchor starts by asking about the "myth" that vaccine, specifically ones with mercury, are responsible for "the epidemic."
John Donvan: "The myth is a myth in the sense that the science has refuted that claim that vaccines cause autism, BUT, the fact is that most people in this county probably heard about autism for the first time in the last 15 years because the vaccine story came up and they were motivated by fear--not the best motivator, but it really works. In a backwards way, it actually raised the profile of autism as no advocacy or even movie had ever done."
Anchor: "A silver lining indeed."
Caren Zucker explained how mothers were blamed for causing autism in their children. There was no treatment for autism.
Anchor: "It's relatively new, the diagnosis of autism..."
Donvan discussed "our friend, Donald J. Triplett," and how his local community "embraced him."
Zucker: "If you could bottle the way Forest [MS] has accepted the first person ever diagnosed with autism, the world would change significantly. It's just about embracing him."
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.
Of course autism isn't new. It's Mercury poisoning.
So are you saying that the MMR vaccine does contain mercury? Or that the MMR vaccine doesn't cause autism?
Posted by: Barry | February 20, 2016 at 08:11 AM
Of course autism isn't new. It's
Mercury poisoning. Coal miners, steel workers children, dental workers, gold miners, anyone exposed to Mercury or brain injured in a way that mimics the damage
It does had autistic like symptoms--especially if they were genetically predisposed to not be able to process it. But the insane dose given 95% of infants starting in 1997 (?) was the tippling point. These peoples arguments can be made to support our stories.
Posted by: Anita Donnelly | February 19, 2016 at 09:29 PM
Reading what Donovan and Zucker are quoted as saying, I've got to say that for me it's all about trying not to puke. Bless you every day, Anne. Don't give up.
Posted by: Denise Anderstrom Douglass | February 19, 2016 at 05:53 PM
Donovan and Zucker .. and .. the media that fawns over them .. will someday be held accountable for LYING to the people .. just as Donald Trump recently held George W. Bush accountable for LYING about Saddam's "vast storage of weapons of mass destruction"
It is very easy to dismiss an inconvenient theory as a "myth" .. especially with the help of a compliant media .. until the "myth" becomes a reality that can no longer be denied .. by then the damage done is catastrophic and those who LIED must be remembered and held accountable for their lies by the thousands they have sentenced to living lives in quiet desperation.
Posted by: Bob Moffit | February 19, 2016 at 06:24 AM
It is mind boggling how Zucker can sit there stoned faced while her partner in arms backhandedly refers to mothers who assert that their child's autism is vaccine-induced, as people who believe in "myths", (ie crazy) and THEN turn around and bemoan the treatment of mother's of yore who were called "refrigerators" and then analyzed themselves because of misplaced blame.
How do these people speak without choking on their own hypocrisy?!
Posted by: Annie | February 18, 2016 at 10:29 PM
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Posted by: Jhohn Benton | February 18, 2016 at 08:02 PM