By Anne Dachel
This coverage reminds me of a middle school student production—something I’m very familiar with. Reporter Liz Lohuis said this about the movie: “Film creators say the 90-minute film tells the story of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention whistle-blower who claims the CDC covered up documents.
“The documents apparently prove there is a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.”
It’s doubtful that Lohuis actually viewed the film she covered. Nothing more specific was said. The nature of the studies and details of the cover-up were not given. Despite the fact that the “VaxXed” team is very available to talk to the media, they were not included.
Instead, Lohuis interviewed a mother who is very skeptical of vaccine safety claims and the always ready to defend vaccines, Dr. William Schaffner.
Aug 2, 2016, NBC 3 Chattanooga, TN: Vanderbilt doctor critical of ‘Vaxxed’ documentary
Dr. William Schaffner, one of the nation's leading infectious disease specialists, works right here at Vanderbilt University. He called the movie malarkey.
“It raises issues that have been put to rest many times before. There is absolutely no connection between vaccines and autism. There was no CDC cover up,” Schaffner said.
He says the kind of thinking Vaxxed promotes is dangerous and potentially deadly.
“Before we had a vaccine, between 400 and 500 children in the U.S. each year died of measles and its complications. We've eliminated that pain and unnecessary pain from the use of this vaccine,” Schaffner said.
I’ve written about Schaffner a number of times over the years. (Can anyone tell me which drug company he doesn't work for?)
Here, as usual, Schaffner is cited as an infectious disease expert from Vanderbilt University. NBC3 forgot to tell the public that he's a paid consultant for Sanofi-Pasteur, Dynavax, Pfizer; Data Safety Monitoring Board: Merck
William Schaffner, MD, also serves as a consultant to GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, Novartis, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals; and is a member of a data safety evaluation committee for experimental vaccines for Merck & Co.
With all his industry ties, it's amazing that he has time to teach at Vanderbilt.
Putting an industry-paid spokesman up against a vaccine hesitant mom is lousy reporting. It’s what’s wrong with the media today and it’s rampant.
The good news is the William Schaffners of the world are having zero impact on the minds of parents. Autism is everywhere with no explanation or concern from the medical community. Telling us vaccines prevent measles is hardly the reassurance parents are looking for. Has Schaffner seen “VaxXed”? Why should we trust the word of someone with his pharma ties?
----- of this vaccine,” Schaffner said.
Another VaxXed story: "Eight injections for a total of fourteen vaccines"
What can I say? Another Polly Tommey interview. This one is from a Denver showing of "VaxXed." Tyler tells her personal story. It's about how her nephew Donovan was crippled by his vaccines and how the rest of his family suffered as a result.
How can our medical system possibly sanction the practice of giving "eight injections for a total of fourteen vaccines" at a single doctor's visit? Pediatricians have systematically become the biggest threat to the health and safety of our children.
VaxXed Stories: The Story Of Stephen & Donovan
Tyler shares her devastating story about her brother Stephen and nephew Donovan with the VaxXed Team in Denver, Colorado.
Donovan's aunt recounts the horrible regression that he went through at age two. Doctors called CPS because of Donovan's condition, but wasn't his parents who were harming him. Donovan's dad said his son was "slamming his head into the crib, into the walls, into the table--anything he could find." The doctors disagreed. CPS gave custody of Donovan to his aunt and uncle, and the boy's dad was so devastated by it all that he committed suicide.
Tyler said that Donovan's pediatrician documented Donovan's progress meeting all his milestone and that this all stopped at the age of two. Suddenly, he lost eye contact, lost speech, and had further regression. He was evaluated for autism. Tyler, who was a medical student at the time, had been taught that kids are born with autism; it was genetic, but this was not her nephew.
"He had regressed into full autism. He was sick. I missed every sign along the way because I'd been told a different story about autism."
When he was diagnosed with autism, they were told it was hopeless and that Donovan should be put in an institution.
Tyler had to leave medical school because whenever she tried to explain to people there about what happened to her nephew, they said, "We don't talk about that." She has devoted herself to helping Donovan recover.
Tyler recalled how, at his 24 month checkup, he had received "eight injections for a total of fourteen vaccines."
"This is what happened to my nephew. Nobody beat him. Nobody hurt him. He was hurt by a totally different mechanism." Tyler had to think outside the box of everything she had been taught, "but when you read the data. and you understand what is going on, there is no other conclusion for me."
When they began treating him for vaccine injury, he started to heal. He started talking. He got to be potty trained. He could go to school. He made friends. He is on the road to recovery despite all those who said there was no hope back when he was 2.
"These kids can get better. This is a hundred percent preventable...." Tyler urged everyone to TELL THEIR STORIES.
Tyler made the chilling statement regarding the whistleblower story and the CDC: "They had this data. They had this data from these studies well before Donovan was even born, and if we had just had the opportunity as parents to have that data--knowledge is power. How many kids could have been saved? ...We have to stop it."
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.