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Dachel Media Update: Scientific American on Trump

Online newsMarch 9, 2016, Scientific American: The Science of President Trump

Alter vaccination schedules to avoid autism: Trump says he favors vaccines, but giving children smaller doses over a longer period of time. He has blamed vaccines for causing autism in children.

Sizing up the science: “I remember wanting to throw something at the TV when I heard it,” Hotez says of Trump’s debate statement linking vaccinations and autism.

Hotez, who develops vaccinations and also has a daughter with autism, says studies have found no link between autism and vaccination. “The anti-vaxxers keep moving the goalposts,” he says. After scientific studies debunked accusations against specific vaccinations, Hotez says those against vaccinations started a different fad: arguing to change the vaccination schedule to protect children.

But infants’ immune systems face up to hundreds of new antigens every day, according to Hotez. Adding a few more in the form of a vaccination does not harm infants. He says changing the FDA’s approved vaccination schedule without clinical testing about immune response could decrease vaccines’ efficacy.

To imagine what a future with fewer or less effective vaccines might look like, Hotez suggests voters think of California’s recent outbreak of measles, a true threat to children’s health. “It’s one of the great killers of children in the world,” he says. “One hundred thousand children die every year of measles.”

If you notice, at the top of the Scientific American piece, there's a nice Merck ad. It's easy to see the motive for this coverage.

Peter Hotez vs. Donald Trump.

Vaccine developer Hotez is a true believer. According to him, all these disabled kids, including his own daughter, have always been here. PRESTS! No autism problem. Furthermore, in the world of Peter Hotez, thimerosal has "an excellent safety profile." CHANGO! Neurotoxins are good for kids. 

See my March, 2008 piece, ABC HAS NO SHAME.

More on Hotez: June, 2007, Why are They Afraid to Look? - Counterpunch

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

Comments

Danchi

Why the negativity toward Trump?

It's not negativity-it just reviewing what he says from a pragmatic perspective. Many on this site think that Trump is going to change the vaccine mandate. He's going to do something about autism because he simply mentioned that vaccines cause autism in a public forum. He did that in 2012 and if he was serious about taking the vaccine issue on as a cause why wait for until he's running for president? If he was going to take on the status quo-he'd have done something about it between 2012 and now. Trump has finally said something specific:

Alter vaccination schedules to avoid autism: Trump says he favors vaccines, but giving children smaller doses over a longer period of time. He has blamed vaccines for causing autism in children.

Two things I see wrong with what he says:
-"giving children smaller doses over a longer period of time."

Many of the vaccines have ingredients that do not leave the child's body because they do not have the capacity to excrete them such as aluminum. The accumulated amounts over time can cause damage resulting in long lifetime chronic illnesses. How does this serve the child? Parents are already altering the vaccine schedule, many doctors are complaining about it so Trumps'recommendation is redundant.

-"He has blamed vaccines for causing autism in children".
As I've stated before, he made the same statements back in 2012. He's had years to lead the charge in taking on the pharmaceutical industry, the CDC, FDA and make a difference. He hasn't. He won't. His statements are vague and non-specific. He offers nothing to the elimination of vaccine mandates and that is now in print.
If you read carefully and listen carefully to all of Trumps statements he is vague and non-specific. No one is down on Trump. Trump basically has just been outed. Nothing can be clearer than this statement:
TRUMP SAYS HE FAVORS VACCINES.

If you're drawn to Trump for other reason, that's your choice but in regards to vaccines- Trump Favors Vaccines.

Sun~Rose

Why the negativity toward Trump? He spoke up first and foremost for our kids. And good for Carson for seconding him. They'd make a good ticket together.

What's not to like in a presidential candidate not beholden to anyone for money?

Twyla

My email to the author. Trying to educate the world, one grad student at a time.

Dear Natalie,
I'm not a fan of Donald Trump. But one of the only correct, accurate statements I have ever heard him make is that we are giving too many vaccines, and that sometimes vaccines cause autism.

Our vaccine program has tripled over the past thirty years, ever since a 1986 law freed vaccine manufacturers and providers from any liability for vaccine products. At the same time we have seen huge increases in a number of immune and nervous system disorders including autism, ADHD, bipolar, asthma, food allergies, seizures, diabetes, IBD, and more.

Vaccines are neither all bad or all good. I believe that vaccines are an important weapon in our war on communicable diseases. This doesn't mean that humans have an unlimited capacity for absorbing more and more vaccines without collateral damage. And it doesn't mean that we should sweep adverse reactions under the rug. We need a much better understanding of prevention, susceptibility factors, and treatment of vaccine injuries.

There is a lot we don't understand about developing immune systems. A growing body of science links autism and immune system abnormalities including inflammation in the brain, inflammatory cytokines in spinal fluid, autoantibodies to the myelin basic protein coating nerve cells, increased rates of food allergies and IBD, family history of autoimmune conditions (a susceptibility factor). And a growing body of science shows that the nervous system and immune system are inextricably and deeply linked. For example, a recent study showed that the immune system is involved in neural pruning.

We are constantly told that "correlation does not mean causation". Yet we are also told that lack of correlation disproves causation. Fact is, epidemiology can provide clues to causation, but when multiple factors are involved it is hard to rule out causation. Moreover, much of this science is flawed. Read about the CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson, and CDC researcher Dr. Poul Thorsen.
- Dr. Thompson was one of the top scientists on the main studies supposedly disproving an autism-vaccine link. He has come forward to say that for years the CDC has suppressed data and avoided research that might show any autism-vaccine link.
- Dr. Thorsen was also one of the key researchers on these studies. He was indicted for embezzlement of a million dollars, and fired by his employer Aarhus University for failing to disclose his other job at Emory U (which is closely affiliated with the CDC). He was receiving a full time salary from Emory U in Atlanta, Georgia, while working full time at Aarhus U in Denmark, and for some reason kept this secret. Although indicted for embezzlement and wire fraud, he remains a free man and has not been extradited to stand trial.

I will follow up with another email including my file on autism-vaccine links. I'm starting with this email in case the other gets blocked from having too many links.

Sincerely,

Twyla Ramos
mother of young man with autism

Twyla

Hotez says, “The anti-vaxxers keep moving the goalposts.”

This is one of the stupidest oft-repeated sentences. Should science be static?

Twyla

re: "But infants’ immune systems face up to hundreds of new antigens every day, according to Hotez. Adding a few more in the form of a vaccination does not harm infants."

Yeah, I remember the days before most of these vaccines existed, when I was growing up in the 1960's, and infants would routinely come down with diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, flu, rotavirus, hepatitis B, pneumococcus, and haemophilus influenzae type b all at the same time - just like at the typical 6 month "well baby" visit.

And toddlers would come down with diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, polio, flu, hepatitis B, pneumococcus, haemophilus influenzae type b, and hepatitis A all at the same time - just like at the typical 12 or 15 month "well baby" visit.

Besides the route of exposure being different (injection) and the additional ingredients (e.g. aluminum adjuvants) we generally tend to come down with one disease at a time. Being exposed to so many diseases all at once - even in attenuated form - is not like natural exposure.

Linda1

"But infants’ immune systems face up to hundreds of new antigens every day, according to Hotez. Adding a few more in the form of a vaccination does not harm infants."

How many of them are INJECTED?

Rae

Benedetta has said exactly what I wanted to say, and said it better.

barbaraj

Denying the truth is normal, no parent wants to accept that we had a hand in our children developing autoimmune diseases and autism from our vaccine choices.The more selfish a parent the more likely the denial. However, these people are dangerous and are responsible for building this epidemic and should be stopped by the facts. The CDC counters his antigen theory with their undeniable exposure of the mmrv, one added virus,varicella, caused twice the number of seizures than the original mmr. Ten percent of those were not febrile seizures,and they fail to tell us how many were left with lifelong disability following the mmrv. They say "most" recover. Maybe it's time to allow parents to see the truth, give us the numbers that never recovered.

Dorie Southern

What Mr Hotez doesn't seem to understand is that telling someone that his or her child must take treatment for anything should be justified and be absolutely necessary, not some loosie goosie common good.

Ottoschnaut

Cognitive dissonance.

Hotez pretends that Dr. Ben Carson, Md, did not say, on the same night, in response to Trump, that many pediatricians believe we give too many vaccines, at too young an age, too close together. Hotez does not have an answer to Carson, so Hotez has to stoop to hoping that the American public is stupid enough to buy the crap he is dishing out.

Hotez is demonstrating precisely why Trump is getting traction. Anyone who makes the slightest effort at fact checking him will discern that Hotez is deliberately lying to protect his own rice bowl.

Hotez should be run out of his profession. He probably knows that his own ignorance and misplaced trust caused his child to become permanently developmentally delayed. He compensates by sucking up to the evil punks that harmed his family.

It is a beautiful thing to see America waking up to the transparent bullshit that is the essence of Hotez. Atta boy, Hotez! Good boy! Here, have a biscuit!

Trump may be an empty vessel- but Carson is definitely not.

Hotez- you are representative of the worst form of human scum on the planet. I challenge you to take on Carson. You won't. You are a tool. You, Hotez, own personal responsibility for iatrogenic vaccine injury. You are exactly the same as a nazi prison camp guard who coughs the soot out of his lungs before going home to eat his bratwurst and and swill his beer. The same total lack of curiosity as the stench of death and suffering envelopes you.

Margaret

That's strange. I don't seem to recall those terrible days when at least 1 in 68 children died of measles, chicken pox, flu and a host of other diseases. Could there be a disconnect between a profit making vax pusher and reality? Yes, there are children dying of these diseases in far too high a number in the third world. But how many die in the industrialized world with access to decent hospitals? How many decades do I have to go back to find death stats that are significant for me? Forty years? Fifty? Sixty? We have far more in a medial arsenal to treat disease than vaccines. I would take my chances with many of these diseases to avoid autism. Most of these diseases were not life-altering. Can't say the same for autism.

rtp

If children can cope with so many antigens at once then clearly all vaccines are a complete waste of time aren't they Mr Hotez?

A ridiculous and dangerous answer to a question only a complete lunatic would think to ask.

Benedetta

It must be really hard to have to face up that your profession and your actions have harmed your own kid. I suspect that he does really know down in that gut of his some where - or that soft whisper in the back of his head.

Still what an idiot.

Bob Moffit

Hotez says .. "infants’ immune systems face up to hundreds of new antigens every day .. adding a few more in the form of a vaccination does not harm infants.:

Duh .. I don't think it is just ANTIGENS that parents and Mr Hotez have to be concerned about .. I would suggest the numerous ADJUVANTS .. such as .. these that are listed as ingredients of the DTaP-HPV-Hib (Pentacel) vaccine:

"aluminum phosphate, polysorbate 80, formaldehyde, sucrose, gutaraldehyde, bovine serum album, 2-phenoxethanol, neomycin, polymyxin B sulfate, Mueller's Growth medium, Mueller-Miller casamino acid medium, without beef heart infusion), Stainer-Scholte medium (modified by the addition of casimino acids and dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin), MRC-5 (human diploid cells), CMRL 1969 medium (supplemented with calf-serum), ammonium sulfate and medium 199"

(Whew .. that was a job)

I don't know about M. Hotez .. but .. those numerous ingredients .. which include formaldehyde and aluminum .. known toxic substances .. in this combination of three vaccines is positively frightening.

By the way .. common sense dictates that infant immune systems facing up to hundreds of new ANTIGENS every day .. are not made stronger by having those same infant immune systems have to accommodate so many CHEMICAL ADJUVANTS every time they receive a vaccine.

Go Trump!

Move along, Hotez... Most people are no longer buying what you are selling. Baby's and children in America have far too many vaccines. Too much autism, seizures, ADHD, SIDS....

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