I attended a private screening of Vaxxed last week at the Soho House in NYC that was presented by Safeminds. It was an incredibly intimate setting which made seeing this film on such a personal subject that much more comfortable. The main focus of the screening was to invite the press so that they could 1. not condemn a movie they have not seen and 2. get it right on reporting what the movie is actually about. The two medical producers that came from NBC left after about 20 minutes which was of course both rude and unprofessional. Why even bother?
I already knew all the facts in the film and even heard some of the recordings from William Thompson AKA the whistleblower. What I did not expect was to have my respect for Andrew Wakefield deepen even more. He is giving a voice to the voiceless just as Robert De Niro did on the today show both last and this week. Andrew Wakefield could have walked away from this and nobody would have blamed him. Everyone knows what happens to a doctor that sticks their neck out and questions vaccines. They are threatened, ridiculed and even killed. Yes even the ones that just study it are murdered. But he didn’t. He painfully compiled all the information and succinctly put it together in this film with the help of some wonderful people. It is because of him that the voiceless have been given a louder voice in recent weeks.
Robert De Niro gave us parents a voice too! He said what we are all dying to say to the masses. Shame on the Media. You are all just as complicit as the CDC that hid the data and produced a fraudulent study. You are all just as complicit as the Pharmaceutical companies that have known for decades that their products can induce illness, injure and kill children. You are all just as complicit as a president and congress that ignores hundreds of thousands of parents that say their child was injured alongside the explosion in the numbers of autism. Congress has had the whistleblower papers for a long time and done absolutely nothing.
It amazes me everyday that so many people don’t care about this issue. They think it only happens to other peoples children. They are wrong. Their child’s anaphylactic food allergy, asthma, dyslexia, learning disability, ADD, ADHD, diabetes, childhood cancer and juvenile arthritis may all be linked to the same vaccines that cause autism, brain injury and death. Your child is functioning so you see no reason to drudge it up. The injury your child sustained is just not dramatic enough for you to questions how vaccines affect their health. I wish I could live in the kind of denial. What I wouldn’t give to go back to my former self before the ball dropped out of the sky and before my beautiful baby boy suffered a stroke at the hands of a pharmaceutical product.
My son did not choose to receive that Hib shot that caused an ischemic stroke at 18 months. He did not choose a life with great difficulty making friends. He did not choose to lose his speech for seven years. He did not choose to suffer this way. Even so, he has handled it with all the grace and courage that a person can. I am so proud to know him.
I hate that I post information on Facebook about vaccines and the same four people acknowledge it. Thank god for them. But does everyone else just not care! I guess not. But you cannot say the same about me. I studied vaccine books while I was pregnant to try to make the most informed choice that I could. My feelings were very uneasy about them to say the least. Something just didn’t seem right and I was correct.
If the CDC’s 2004 report on the MMR vaccine wasn’t fraudulent and actually showed the increase of autism among African American boys that received the MMR before the age of 3, my son would not have had a stroke. I would never have vaccinated him against anything! I would have assumed they all can be dangerous. Their fraud hurt my son!
Shame on the CDC for committing fraud against the American children and more specifically my son!
Shame on the Government for doing nothing when they hear thousands of parents scream that their children were injured by a vaccine.
Shame on the Media for not reporting anything on the Whistleblower or anything that questions vaccines. Extra shame on them for repeating the CDC mantra that there is no connection between vaccines and autism when studies that disprove this are just a click away on Pubmed.
Shame on William Thompson for not coming out sooner.
Shame on all the online trolls who get paid to bully and harass parents.
Shame on you fanatical pro-vaccine people that insult parents who have an injured child.
The tide needs to turn with vaccines. I recently learned that they are planning to add the Gardisil to the infant schedule. This is as ridiculous as the Hepatitis B vaccine. Let’s pump vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases 10-15 years before they are even needed, so the immunity can continue to wear off year after year. Kids get poisoned and Big Pharma makes a boat load of cash. Sounds like a great plan!
A lot of people have been referring to De Niro as a hero including myself for speaking out in recent weeks. I want to nominate another hero: Dr. Andrew Wakefield. I put him in the same arena as others who fought for our basic rights such as Nelson Mandela and my favorite Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I have no doubt that years from now he will be referred to in this light by the masses. I only hope Dr. Wakefield is still around to see the fruits of his labor. I also wish that this happens soon to prevent the needless suffering of so many more children that get cut down before their prime.
I will do whatever it takes to support this movement. You can rest assure I will never stop telling my son’s story, no matter how many people turn away, block or unfriend me. If Dr. Wakefield can persevere against every odd, handle a barrage of public insults daily then I too can keep fighting in honor of my precious son. Like Dr. Wakefield, my son is also a hero who everyday perseveres against every obstacle and odd against him. Thank you to all my hero’s! The world is a better place because of you!
Dara Berger is currently writing a book on Preventing Autism for Skyhorse Publishing. She is also producing a documentary film on the same subject.