By Anne Dachel
I recently talked with Sheila and recorded her responses on Skype. Not only is she the mother of a vaccine injured African American son with autism, but she’s also an outstanding advocate for children on the spectrum. For her, the cover-up revealed by William Thompson is very personal.
Sheila, tell us about your role in "Vaxxed." Why were you included in the film?
Sheila explained that she was contacted by someone who knew Dr. Andrew Wakefield was looking for an African American family affected by autism. She said that originally “Vaxxed” was simply going to be a documentary on the Autism Media Channel.
Sheila said that when she and her family were displaced by Hurricane Katrina, they temporarily lived in Austin, Texas. Thoughtful House, an autism research center that is connected to Dr. Wakefield, sponsored a theater night and Sheila met Andy for the first time. She told him the story of what happened to her son after being vaccinated..
“[Andy] and Polly came to New Orleans, and spent about three hours with us, just asking me questions about what had happened….
“Someone asked me if there was a script [for her role in “Vaxxed”], but there was no script. We were just talking casually like I’m talking to you. And that’s how I ended up becoming a part of “Vaxxed.”
Were you surprised by the reaction to "Vaxxed"? What were you expecting?
SHEILA: “When I first got involved with ‘Vaxxed,’ it didn’t even have a name because Dr. Wakefield hadn’t even named it yet. …”
Sheila explained that Andy had first used her video during presentations and talks. “Imagine my surprise when he called me and he said, ‘You’re never going to believe this. Robert DeNiro wants to screen ‘Vaxxed’ at Tribeca.’
“It came like the quiet storm. Bam! We were there. I had no idea ‘Vaxxed’ was going to end up being what it is now.”
Last April, Robert Kennedy, Jr., speaking about the children everywhere who regressed into autism following vaccination, called this a "holocaust," and he came under immediate attack in the media for the use of the term. In your speech on “Vaxxed,” you also referred to children like your son as victims of a holocaust. Do you think you have a right to use the term "holocaust"?
SHEILA: “I’ve used the word ‘holocaust’ to explain what is going on because one of the meanings of that word is ‘mass slaughter and reckless disregard of life.’ When you consider 340 percent causation rate of autism in African American boys if given [the MMR vaccine] before the age of three, when you consider a 700 percent causation rate of isolated autism in any typically developing, healthy child with no other co-morbid factors, you have to look at that and see it for what it is. It is reckless destruction of life, you are destroying these children before they even have a chance. The Nuremberg Code is based upon the fact that the Nazis did medical procedures without consent—informed consent. We don’t have informed consent. They took the right of our informed consent away when they lied and they hid the fact that they knew these things, they knew that that triple dose could do these things to our children.
“So when you consider that, that’s a holocaust.
“As Stephanie Seneff said, in sixteen more years, every one in two children will be diagnosed with autism. And eighty percent of the male population will be autistic. What else can you consider that but a holocaust. It’s massive destruction, reckless destruction of our children, of our future and our legacy. Will there be a society? Can there be a society when you destroy the children? It’s not possible.
“So yes, I consider that a holocaust.”
What has the experience with "Vaxxed" and the aftermath done for recognition of vaccine-induced autism, in your opinion?
SHEILA: “‘Vaxxed,’ I believe is the vessel that God has used to bring and unite people together. Even though the CDC covered up what was happening to African American boys—and they’ve had a history of atrocities—medical atrocities, it has touched everyone. Autism knows no respect of person. Neurotoxins going in any child’s veins can affect them adversely and damage what would have been a very beautiful life. ‘Vaxxed’ has been the tool to bring us together. We’re in a spiritual movement. I believe that with everything in me. God is the pilot of this movement, and it is a national movement.
“When a government decides it’s going to go to fascism and medical tyranny, and take away the public’s right to democracy, people are going to rise up. This is about people rising up. And that’s why I used ‘Get off the bus.’ It is time to stop believing the lies we’re constantly fed. When you’ve got 270 more vaccines coming down the pipeline, it makes you wonder. How did society exist without vaccinations for? Because they did. …”
Sheila explained that “Vaxxed” is going international, in Europe and beyond. “The atrocities that are happening—they’re not just happening here, they’re happening all over the world. …
“We’re in the midst of a movement and that movement is going to forward. I said it and I’ll say it again, ‘This is our America, and we’re not going anywhere!”
Sheila Lewis Ealey is the mother four and lives with her husband Ron in New Orleans. Her son Temple was taken to the doctor to be vaccinated along with his twin sister Lucinda, he was given a double dose of the MMR vaccine, along with the DTaP and HIB vaccines. The effect was immediate. By the next morning, he was not responsive. Within the next six months, Temple was diagnosed with severe autism disorder and later in 2008 with mitochondrial myopathy one. Her son's case was one of the 5,000 injury claims dismissed by the federal government.
Since that time, Sheila has been an advocate for informed consent and truth in the vaccination program.
She was educated in New Orleans' public schools and St. Mary's Dominican College and Loyola University. Currently, she is finishing a Masters in Education. Previously, she was a co-founder, director and curriculum developer for the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana, a school for students with autism for the last 10 years. She is certified in different educational modalities and plans to pursue a doctorate in education beginning in September 2016.
For more on Sheila Ealey, see How Autism Happens: A Conversation With Sheila Ealey By Dan Olmsted
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.